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In October 1918, 600 men of the 77th Division attacked a heavily defended German position, charging forward until they were completely surrounded by enemy forces. Only 194 men walked out when they were finally rescued.

A century after the guns fell silent along the Western Front, the work they did there remains of incalculable importance to the age we inhabit and the people we are

John Nicolay and John Hay were Lincoln’s two closest aides in the White House, and helped to craft the image of the President we have today.

Thomas Paine's Common Sense helped Americans "decide upon the propriety of separation,” as George Washington said.

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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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  • Bill of Rights ratified

    Virginia becomes the tenth state to ratify the Bill of Rights, putting the first ten amendments into law. In 1789 Congress sent twelve amendments to state conventions to be ratified, but only ten would be approved by a 2/3 majority of the states.

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  • President Carter announces recognition of People's Republic of China

    President Jimmy Carter announces that the formal diplomatic recognition of the People's Republic of China will commence on January 1, 1979, ending 30 years of diplomatic avoidance. While President Richard Nixon had first opened talks with Beijing in 1973, Carter officially shifted American foreign policy to accept the Communist government in Beijing as the legitimate Chinese government. 

  • Battle of Nashville

    Union forces led by Major General George Thomas attack the Confederate Army of Tennessee at the Battle of Nashville. Nightfall prevented the Federal army from exploiting a breakthrough, but Thomas resumed his assault the following day, almost completely destroying the Confederate army.

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