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Roosevelt felt the country needed “direct, vigorous action” to pull it out of the Depression.

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

The young nation was lucky to have the only candidate on earth who could do the job

After ten years of research into the history of gun rights, it’s clear that most Americans' understanding of the “right to bear arms” is not consistent with historical facts.

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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

  • Roe v. Wade decision

    The United States Supreme Court rules in favor of plaintiff 'Jane Roe' in Roe vs. Wade, effectively legalizing abortion in all 50 states. Citing a woman's "right to privacy" as guaranteed in the Ninth and Thirteenth Amendments, the Court ruled that the right to have an abortion must be balanced against the state's interests to protect the mother and the unborn fetus.

  • Unabomber pleads guilty in federal court

    Dr. Ted Kaczynski, the "Unabomber", pleads guilty to all federal charges against him, including three homicides. Kaczynski, a former mathematics professor at the University of California, Berkeley, sent 16 bombs to universities and airlines from his remote cabin in Montana. He is currently incarcerated at a federal supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.