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Because of wartime gas rationing, Congress and the Administration debated cancelling the famous gridiron match-up between Army and Navy in 1942. President Roosevelt found a novel solution.

The Statue of Liberty has been glorified, romanticized, trivialized, and over-publicized. But the meaning of “Liberty Enlightening the World” is still everything. 

A preeminent author recalls his experience as one of America's first combat historians, among a handful of men who accompanied soldiers into the bloodiest battles to write history as it was being made

Incriminating new evidence has come to light in KGB files and the authors' interviews of former Cuban intelligence officers that indicates Fidel Castro probably knew in advance of Oswald's intent to kill JFK.

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The AP's Secret Deal with the Nazis, by Michael S. Rosenwald Did the Associated Press violate the "Trading with the Enemy Act" to profit from selling Nazi propaganda photos, or was this an authorized effort to gain images with legitimate news value?
Frederick Douglass, Refugee, by David Blight Millions forced to flee as refugees and beg for asylum have felt Douglass’s agony, and thought his thoughts.
Gwen Ifill’s Clear-eyed Coverage of Bill Clinton, by David W. Dunlap This past year we lost a legend in the field of journalism. A look back at her coverage of Bill Clinton and the 1992 election and the journalist with the ability to bridge many gaps between race, gender and generations.
What Abraham Lincoln Can Teach Us About Ugly Politics, by Mark Tooley We should recall Lincoln's confidence in American democracy despite the perceived failure of the Washington Peace Conference of 1861.
Roosevelt Was Hardly Naive About Stalin, by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. When they met at Yalta, Roosevelt and Stalin had corresponded in more than 300 letters.

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  • Americans return to the Philippines

    General Douglas MacArthur returns to the Philippines, two years after the Japanese forced the 90,000 Americans to surrender. MacArthur would command American forces to a decisive victory at the Battle of Leyte, liberating the island from Japanese control.

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  • Senate ratifies Louisiana Purchase treaty

    The U. S. Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase Treaty, negotiated by Robert Livingston and James Monroe. The treaty secured the entire Louisiana district of New France for $15 million.

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  • HUAC investigates Hollywood

    The House Un-American Activities Committee begins its investigation of suspected communists within the Hollywood film industry. These investigations led to actors, screenwriters, and other workers being "blacklisted" from Hollywood for their suspected involvement, while others served jail time for Contempt of Congress.