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It came over with the Mayflower and stayed on to be the unchallenged drink of democracy.

In 1917, fed up with the inaction of conservative suffragists, Alice Paul decided on the unorthodox strategy of pressuring the president directly

A diminutive, persuasive Virginian hijacked the Constitutional Convention and forced the moderates to accept a national government with vastly expanded powers

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

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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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  • Battle of Little Bighorn

    Lakota, Arapaho, and Cheyenne warriors defeat Lt. Colonel George A. Custer and the 7th Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in southern Montana. Custer, killed in action along with 267 of his fellow soldiers, was both memorialized and criticized for his leadership before and during the battle. 

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  • Korean War begins

    The Korean War begins as communist North Korea crosses the 38th parallel and invades South Korea. In response to the communist invasion, approved by the Soviet Union, the United Nations condemned the invasion and authorized an American-led defense of the Korean Peninsula.

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