The Black Death: A Digital Exhibit

After the Justinianic Plague (c. 541–c. 750), which has been called the First Plague Pandemic, the Black Death or Second Plague Pandemic was likely the first semi-global phenomenon that fully merits the name—affecting “all people” (pan + demos). Total (absolute) mortality would be higher from several nineteenth-century cholera outbreaks, the 1918–19 influenza pandemic, or the current HIV/AIDS pandemic. But when expressed as a percentage of the population, the mortality caused by the Black Death is the highest of any large-scale catastrophe known to humankind, save for the impact of smallpox and measles on indigenous peoples in first-contact events of the early modern period.

The Era of William McKinley

The Era and Presidency of William McKinley through articles, photographs and political cartoons (including Mark Hanna and Horace Taylor)

The Human Machinery of War

Typically when we think of WWII, we think of soldiers, killed or injured on foreign soil, but America’s production soldiers, the men and women who manned the nation’s factories, mills, and mines, also suffered heavy physical losses during the conflict. This Multimedia History explores both the experiences of disabled soldiers and industrial workers during WWII, battlefield medicine, industrial safety campaigns, and rehabilitation programs.

The Ohio Dry Campaign of 1917

Although prohibition was a popular reform in the state, the issue deeply divided Ohioans. Ohio was the birthplace of both the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (1874) and the Anti-Saloon League (1893)

The Ram's Horn

The Ram's Horn was published in Chicago, Illinois during the 1890s and the early years of the twentieth century. The Anti-Saloon League and other dry organizations often reprinted cartoons by Frank Beard that appeared in The Ram's Horn. They are useful in highlighting a social gospel viewpoint important during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

The Revolutions of 1989 in Poland, Romania and China

History is full of coincidences. On June 4 1989, when the Polish people celebrated their first free election, the Chinese people were carrying out the dead bodies of the protestors from the Tiananmen Square. If June 4 symbolized the start of a new and democratic future in Poland, then it was the fateful end of the short-lived democratic movement in China.

In 1989, both the Eastern European states and China underwent a series of democratic movements and social revolutions. However, the Eastern Bloc witnessed the fall of the Communism while China was still under the control of the Chinese Communist Party. The different outcomes of the 1989 revolutions raise question: Why the Chinese Communist Party still stayed in power while the Communist states in the Eastern Europe started to fall apart? In order to answer this question, it is necessary to look back on each country’s history and find discrepancies. This Prezi explores the causes of the different outcomes of the 1989 revolutions from a social and historical perspective.

The Russian Revolution through the Prism of Propaganda

During the 1930s, the Soviet Union industrialized and advertised full employment and prosperity, while the capitalist world was mired in the Great Depression. The Bolsheviks relied heavily upon visual propaganda to communicate their message and posters were printed by the millions.

The Strike at Homestead

The Strike at Homestead, 1892: Articles and images covering the strike in Homestead, Pennsylvania from The Illustrated American, McClure's Magazine and Homestead: A Complete History of the Struggle of July, 1892

Turn of the Century Columbus

A collection of photographs and information about turn-of-the-century Columbus, Ohio. These pages were originally created in 1997 by the Department of History at OSU and housed on their department web site as one of their many "Internet Documentaries" that were to later become part of eHistory's MultiMedia History collection.

WW2 Exhibition

An overview of the major events of the second World War, including the conferences, participants and battles, complete with a timeline