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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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  • Union troops victorious at Battle of Cedar Creek

    Despite being caught off-guard by a Confederate surprise attack, Union forces led by General Philip Sheridan claim a key victory at the Battle of Cedar Creek, ending Confederate hopes of securing the Shenandoah Valley.

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  • Confederate St. Albans raid

    Confederate Lieutenant Bennett H. Young leads the St. Albans Raid, a Confederate attack on St. Albans, Vermont. Having planned the attack in Canada, Young and his soldiers successfully robbed three banks in Vermont, but were later arrested by Canadian police after they crossed back into Canada.

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  • Official surrender at Yorktown

    During the formal surrender of the British army at Yorktown, British General Charles O' Hara surrenders to American General Benjamin Lincoln. General Charles Cornwallis did not appear to surrender his sword, sending O' Hara instead, who was instructed to surrender to Lincoln after George Washington did not accept his sword.

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