Category Archives: U.S. History

Why Do Judges Wear Black Robes?

Jerry Anderson   February 13, 2016   Comments Off on Why Do Judges Wear Black Robes?

In England, before 1694, the most popular colors for judge’s robes were green, scarlet (red) and violet – apparently, you had a choice! In 1694, Queen Mary II of England (pictured below) died and was buried in Westminster Abbey in London. At her funeral, all the judges in attendance wore their official judicial robes – but wore them in the… Read more »

Where does the phrase “Beat the Devil out of them” come from?

Jerry Anderson   January 24, 2016   Comments Off on Where does the phrase “Beat the Devil out of them” come from?

Puritan parents generally did not dote upon their children. At meals, the adults ate first, sitting at table while the children stood behind the adults, ready to serve them until they were finished eating. When the adults left the table, then, and only then, did the children sit down to eat their meal. In raising children the Puritan parent held… Read more »

“Miss Goody Two Shoes.” Where does the term come from?

Jerry Anderson   January 21, 2016   Comments Off on “Miss Goody Two Shoes.” Where does the term come from?

Children’s books of the 1780s were very moralistic and were bought by parents in hope of instilling a behavioral message that would make an impression on their children. One of the most popular titles of the day was a children’s novel titled The History of Little Goody Two Shoes. Originally published in London in 1765, it remained a popular children’s book… Read more »

Why Are They Called “Polka Dots”? Why is it Called a “Bikini”?

Jerry Anderson   December 13, 2015   Comments Off on Why Are They Called “Polka Dots”? Why is it Called a “Bikini”?

Starting in the years between 1830-1835, Europe and then the United States were struck by a dance craze originating with the Bohemian and Czech peoples of Europe. The new dance, the “polka, “was named after the Bohemian word “polka,” which means, simply, a Polish woman. (NOTE: The Bohemian word “polak,” which means a Polish man, gave us the racial slur… Read more »

Why is it Called a “Tootsie Roll”? Leo Hirschfield Makes Candy History

Jerry Anderson   December 13, 2015   Comments Off on Why is it Called a “Tootsie Roll”? Leo Hirschfield Makes Candy History

The “Tootsie Roll” is 119 years old this year (2015). Who invented it? How did it get its name? The story goes something like this. Leo Hirschfeld (other sources spell his name Hirschfield) was an Austrian immigrant who came to the United States in 1884, arriving in New York City with very little money and a set of skills that… Read more »