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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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  • Hawaii becomes 50th state

    Hawaii enters the Union as the 50th state as President Dwight Eisenhower signs the Hawaii Admission Act into law.

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  • Nat Turner's Rebellion

    Nat Turner begins his slave rebellion in Southhampton County, Virginia. The largest slave revolt in U.S. history, Turner's rebellion killed around 60 white people before it was quashed; over 100 black slaves were killed by mobs in the aftermath.

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  • Lincoln-Douglas debates

    The Lincoln-Douglas debates begin as Abraham Lincoln and Senator Stephen Douglas debate the merits of slavery and its expansion. The debates covered seven Illinois congressional districts between August 21 and October 15, 1858. Although Lincoln lost the Senate race he brought national attention both to himself and to the Republican Party, ultimately winning him the 1860 presidential election.

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