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Jim McCloskey and a handful of other advocates do the tough work of helping the wrongfully convicted.

A junior Army officer, acting on secret orders from the president, bluffed a far stronger Mexican force into conceding North America's westernmost province to the United States

Our research found that Britain lost 24 warships sunk or damaged in October 1780, which must have affected the Royal Navy's ability to fight in the following months.

The force behind the early education and social movement—American curiosity—still lives on today. 

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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.
How a Lincoln-Douglass Debate Led to Historic Discovery, by Ted Mann Texting exchange by two professors led to Frederick Douglass letter on Emancipation Memorial
In 'Hamilton', Angelica Schuyler's husband is called 'not a lot of fun.' Here's his real story, by Daryl Austin While the play's creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has delivered Hamilton his long-overdue public acclaim, many other historical figures are overlooked or represented in a less-than-flattering manner throughout the production.
How America’s Founding Fathers Missed a Chance to Abolish Slavery, by Michael Hirsh They swept the issue under the rug, and even Thomas Jefferson realized that civil war was inevitable before he died on July 4, 1826. But history could have taken a different direction.

    Today in History

  • John Marshall born

    John Marshall is born in Fauquier County, Virginia. Marshall would go on to be elected to Congress, serve as Secretary of State, and was appointed the fourth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, a post he held for 35 years.

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  • Clinton signs the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

    President Bill Clinton signs the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty during a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly; the Senate failed to ratify the treaty. 

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald born

    Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, better known as F. Scott, is born in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Fitzgerald is best known for writing for novels such as This Side of Paradise and The Great Gatsby.

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