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Noncombatant Service
Conscientious Objectors' Fight for Mental Health Reform during WWII

By Nate Barker

Under a 1940 Federal act, conscientious objectors were able to do their service on the homefront. 

Some of these COs saw that US mental health institutions desperately needed intervention, and they fought to reform how we treat those requiring mental health care. They started a movement.



Key West

By Jason Phillips

Many know Key West as a resort town, but it wasn’t always this way. When Ernest Hemingway moved there in 1929, the town was bankrupt.


Five years later, Julius Stone, Jr. led a federal program to save the city, much to the ire of Hemingway. Read on to see the lasting impact these two pivotal figures had on Key West.

Read how Ernest Hemingway and

Julius F. Stone, Jr. shaped a resort town.




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The Globalization of Shea Butter

By Sophie Adekola

It’s in lotions, body oils, body butters, and even hair moisturizers. It’s Shea Butter. For the second piece in her “Beauty History Series”, Ms. Adekola writes about the globalization of Shea Butter. Read to find out how this ingredient has taken over its own bit of the beauty world. 

The Woman's Bible

By Jenna Michelle

African Gems

By Sophie Adekola


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Obscure Histories was founded in 2014 as a supplemental resource for secondary education. As our audience grew, our content expanded beyond the initial intent. We were reaching many people from around the world, and our content grew to reflect that.

We also wanted to further prioritize histories of marginalized people. And so, in 2021, we rebooted the website, which had become too big, cumbersome, and not representative of our community. 

Additionally, believing that quality, accessible histories should be free and open to everyone, and that contributors should be compensated for their work, we began the process of making Obscure Histories a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2022. We were approved to begin fundraising in late 2023. 


In 2022, we also founded OH, Jr., the educational outreach arm of OH. OH, Jr. provides curriculum that uses history stories to teach real life skills. Currently, OH, Jr. is offering our History Documentary curriculum, which teaches learners how to write and edit short, history documentaries for video. 

Dana is currently teaching the OH, Jr. history documentary curriculum at a school in the heart of Chicago. Please use the contact forms to learn more.




Whether you are a lifelong learner, a student looking for a novel paper topic, or a teacher looking for flexible and primary-sourced material, we hope to have something here to entertain and enlighten.


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