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In September 1862, the South hoped to end the war by invading Maryland just before the mid-term elections. But its hopes were dashed after the bloodiest day in American history.

By artfully illustrating the boundaries of colonial powers, mapmakers in the 1700s helped define what our New World would become.

In 1928, an attempt to land the first men on the North Pole ended in tragedy when the airship Italia crashed, sparking the largest polar-rescue mission in history.

Allied soldiers struggled for months to clear veteran German troops dug into the mountains of northern Italy in late 1944 and early 1945.

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David McCullough helped America understand itself Douglas Brinkley recalls his friend and colleague McCullough, ‘the dean of our nation’s historians’
New Evidence for Early Humans in the Americas Some of the first humans in North America butchered mammoth bones 37,000 years ago in what is now New Mexico.
We nearly lost our first president to the flu. The country could have died, too, by Gillian Brockell In 1790, George Washington fell severely ill, threatening his life and the young nation he led.
Yes, Women Could Vote After The 19th Amendment — But Not All Women. Or Men, by Melissa Block Even after that milestone, millions of people — women and men alike — were still excluded from the vote, as many barriers to suffrage remained.
I’m a Historian. I See Reason to Fear—And to Hope, by Joanne Freeman We can’t assume that all will be fine in the end, but history shows us that times of unrest are opportunities, too.
The Mask Slackers of 1918, by Christine Hauser As the influenza pandemic swept across the United States in 1918 and 1919, masks took a role in political and cultural wars.

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  • Little Rock Central High School integrated

    With the 101st Airborne Division on guard, nine African-American students, dubbed the "Little Rock Nine," formally integrate Little Rock Central High School after a three-week standoff between the federal government and Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus.

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  • William Faulkner born

    American writer William Faulkner is born in New Albany, Mississippi. Considered one of the greatest American novelists, Faulkner won the 1949 Nobel Prize for Literature.

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  • Bill of Rights proposed

    Congress proposed twelve amendments to the Constitution, revisiting the issue after the Constitutional Convention. Ten of the proposed amendments would be ratified as the Bill of Rights, with the eleventh later ratified as the Twenty-Seventh Amendment.

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