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While much of the world still faces restrictions on religion, America's unique approach brought about both religious freedom and spiritual vibrancy.

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A historian tackles one of American history’s thorniest questions

Four hundred years ago this year, two momentous events happened in Britain’s fledgling colony in Virginia: the New World’s first democratic assembly convened, and an English privateer brought kidnapped Africans to sell as slaves. Such were the conflicted origins of modern America.


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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.

    Today in History

  • Attack on Pearl Harbor

    The Imperial Japanese navy launches a surprise attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. The attack, which took place during diplomatic talks between Japanese and American officials, killed over 2400 American soldiers and civilians and led President Franklin D. Roosevelt to demand an immediate declaration of war.

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  • Delaware becomes First State

    Delaware becomes the first state to join the Union as its government unanimously ratifies the Constitution.

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  • Willa Cather born

    American novelist Willa Cather is born outside Winchester, Virginia. Cather, who moved to Nebraska when she was nine, is best known for her novels about American frontier life, including My Antonia and O Pioneers!

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