Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and His Inimitable Stair Dance

Early in his dancing career, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson performed on a custom double staircase that added drama to his act, increasing his visibility to the audience while amplifying the sound of every step he made. “As generations of imitators would learn to their grief, the properties of the staircase that magnified Robinson’s mastery equally magnify the slightest imperfection,” Brian Seibert, in his book What the Eye Hears, wrote. “Dancers tell a story in which he had his musicians cut out for three and a half minutes while he continued dancing. After the allotted time, the musicians came back in, cued by a metronome that Robinson couldn’t hear. He was exactly on beat.”

Hawaii Has A Protected Valley, Where Its Ancient Plants Are Preserved

For the past 1,500 years, Limahuli Valley on Kauai has been a green haven, a wilderness preserved to exist just as the native Hawaiians experienced it. It is home to plant life unlike anything found in the rest of the world, with many endangered plants thriving in the valley.

A Day In The Life Of An Ancient Athenian

A overview of one Athenian family's daily life, and the lives of their slaves.

The History and Geography of Cape Verde

To my knowledge, historical-nonfiction has not previously done a post on Cape Verde. Or Cabo Verde. So here you go! An introduction to this island African country.

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    HISTORICAL NON-FICTION

    By Lillian Audette

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