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The brutal murder of hundreds of African-American soldiers at Fort Pillow had a profound effect on Northern sentiment during and after the Civil War.

Harry Truman's wife Bess was not amused when she saw the photo of her husband playing the piano while Lauren Bacall's legs dangled in front.

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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.
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.

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  • President Martin Van Buren born

    Martin Van Buren, our 8th President, is born in Kinderhook, New York to Dutch parents. Van Buren was the first president born an American citizen, and served as Vice President, Secretary of State (both under President Jackson), and United States Senator from New York before being elected President in 1836. 

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  • End of Prohibition

    Utah becomes the 36th state to ratify the Twenty-First Amendment, enacting the end of Prohibition into law. The amendment, the first to be passed by 75% of state ratifying conventions, repealed the Eighteenth Amendment that prohibited the manufacturing, transporting, and selling of alcohol in the United States.

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  • President Polk announces California gold discovery

    In a speech to Congress, President James K. Polk announces the substantial gold discovery in California. Within the next 12 months thousands moved to California in search of endless fortune; San Francisco quickly became one of the largest cities in the United States, and railroad companies began planning routes to link the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

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