Erin Blakemore

Erin Blakemore is a library school drop-out, historian, freelance writer, and author of the award-winning The Heroine’s Bookshelf (Harper). She dishes about books, history, and channeling your inner heroine at

New York City's Other Subway
The Play That Gave Us the Word 'Robot'
How Hollywood Reinvented Joan Crawford and Created an Icon
The Gruesome Assassination of Leon Trotsky
Pilates: The Fitness Trend Started in an Internment Camp
The Crystal Palace: Victorian England’s Version of a Pandora’s Box
That Time When Victorians Contracted Fern Fever
The Many Fires That Plagued P.T. Barnum
4 People Suspected of Being Deep Throat
She Threw Herself Under a Horse For Women’s Suffrage … Or Did She?
Adolf Hitler’s Last Day Alive
How Susan B. Anthony Fought the Law in 1872
The Strange Tale of Texas’ All-Female Supreme Court
Emily Dickinson: Scandalous Spinster?
Hundred-Year-Old Fashion Fad: The Hobble Skirt
The Gibson Girls: The Kardashians of the Early 1900s
The Prison Special: One Last Push for Women's Suffrage


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