Carrie Whitney, Ph.D.

Contributing Writer

Carrie Whitney is an Atlanta-based writer with a love of all things design, particularly tile. In addition to being willing to cover any topic that sparks her interest, she has spent many years zeroing in on home improvement and currently serves as the newsletter editor for Kitchen & Bath Business magazine. Although she’s never tackled a renovation of her own, she’s pretty handy with a paintbrush.

Carrie earned a B.A. in journalism from Georgia State University, then an M.A. in anthropology and a Ph.D. in history. Along the way, she picked up a B.A. in French literature and remains a devoted Francophile (allez les Bleus!). In addition to writing, she teaches in the department of communication at her alma mater and tries to keep up with the latest trends in social media.

Recent Contributions

Bacon's Rebellion: America's First Armed Insurrection

Nathaniel Bacon led an armed rebellion in 17th century Colonial America against Gov. William Berkeley. The rebellion was brief but its ramifications changed the course of American history.

Weaving the Story of Kente Cloth, a Historic West African Fabric 

Recognized by its bright colors and rows of bold, woven patterns, kente cloth is more than a piece of fabric. Each kente cloth has meaning, which is conveyed through its colors, patterns and symbols.

How a Teenage Sacagawea Guided the Lewis and Clark Expedition Into Immortality

Sacagawea, at around the age of 16 or 17, guided the Lewis and Clark expedition thousands of miles from North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean, and in the process became a legend.

The Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was the master of the macabre, but the story of his life and mysterious death is as fascinating as his most suspenseful work of fiction.

The Lost Art of True Damascus Steel

All steel is not the same, and Damascus steel has a reputation for being the best. But is today's Damascus steel the same as that forged centuries ago?

John Smith's True Story Is Way Better Than the Fictional Tale

John Smith has been described as a tireless soldier, self-promoter and publicist. In today's speak, you might even call him an influencer.

Why Is It So Hard for the Innocent to Be Freed From Prison?

It takes a lot of legal maneuvering to free an innocent person from prison. And that takes a lot of money. That's why the Innocence Project is so critical to help free the wrongly convicted.

Is All That Shines Really Sterling Silver?

The Brits standardized what it means for an item to be sterling silver way back in 14th century. But how can you tell if something is sterling or not?

From Plant Pots to Ancient Armies, Terracotta Is Universal

One of the oldest and most widely used materials in the world, baked clay or terracotta, can be found on roofs, in museums and in gardens all over the world.

Why Porcelain Has Been the Most Prized Ceramic for Centuries

The Chinese have been making porcelain as far back as perhaps the first century. Why did it take hundreds of years for the process to be duplicated anywhere else?

Test Your Knowledge of U.S. Presidential Elections With This Quiz!

Cast your ballot to these questions to find out how much you know about the history of U.S. presidential elections.

5 Students Talk Voting for POTUS for the Very First Time

Young voters in the U.S. have a historically low turnout, which means the democracy fails to represent the youth generation. But we talked to five college students voting for POTUS this year who are determined to make a change.

The Pomodoro Technique: You Can Tackle Any Task 25 Minutes at a Time

Whether you're a procrastinator or a workaholic, you can improve your time management. How? With a timer, scheduled breaks and some serious discipline.

How Geronimo Went From Guerilla Warrior to POW

The life and legacy of Apache warrior Geronimo is a tale that has been twisted over time. One thing that is certain is he spent much of his life avenging the death of his wife and children.

Who Is In Charge of Policing Mask Mandates?

You've probably seen at least one video of someone berating a store employee about why they don't have to wear a mask. So how much can retail stores do to police the mask mandates?

The Man Behind the Legend Who Is Sitting Bull

Sitting Bull is one of the most famous Native Americans in history. And he's way more than just the Lakota warrior he's known for.

Shakespeare Wrote in Iambic Pentameter. But What Is That?

Both William Shakespeare and Geoffrey Chaucer are known for using iambic pentameter in their famed works of literature. But what is iambic pentameter and how can you spot it?

The Pros and Cons of Pandemic Learning Pods

The coronavirus is forcing many parents to form at-home 'learning pods.' But who could potentially benefit from these and who could be left behind?

Is It Time to Seriously Consider an Online School for Your Child?

Are you considering a straight-up online school for your child? Here's what you need to know before you make the switch.

Bastille Day: The French Holiday Celebrating Peace and Revolution

The July 14 holiday celebrated by the French is way more complicated than the term "Bastille Day" might suggest.