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Two hundred years ago, the conflict in which the U.S. seized the Deep South from its Native inhabitants was a turning point in American history, but it is largely forgotten today.

Sixty years ago, Jack Ruby shot Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. What was his motive? The Warren Commission lawyer who investigated Ruby reveals the killer’s state of mind.

My grandparents were murdered during the Osage Reign of Terror. It took my family generations to recover.

“I will leave this house only if I am dead,” the prominent New York doctor told his ex-wife, who was seeking half the value of their Manhattan townhouse in a divorce.

Classic Essays from Our Archives

Growing Up Colored | Summer 2012, Vol 62, No 2

By Henry Louis Gates Jr.

The noted writer and educator tells of his boyhood in the West Virginia town of Piedmont, where African Americans were second-class citizens but family pride ran deep.

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How My Father and President Kennedy Saved The World | October 2002, Vol 53, No 5

By Sergei Khrushchev

The Cuban Missile Crisis as seen from the Kremlin

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A Yankee Among The War Lords | October 1970, Vol 21, No 6

By Barbara W. Tuchman

First of the Three Parts from STILWELL THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IN CHINA 1911-1945

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Did Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson Love Each Other? | Fall 2008, Vol 58, No 5

By Annette Gordon-Reed

To call it loaded question does not begin to do justice to the matter, given America’s tortured racial history and its haunting legacy.

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The Man of the Century | May/June 1994, Vol 45, No 3

By Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

Of all the Allied leaders, argues FDR's biographer, only Roosevelt saw clearly the shape of the new world they were fighting to create

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Ike's Son Remembers George S. Patton Jr. | Summer 2012, Vol 62, No 2

By John D. Eisenhower

The author, who once served under General Patton and whose father, Dwight D. Eisenhower, was Patton's commanding officer, shares his memories of "Ol' Blood and Guts"

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    Today in History

  • Hiram Revels first African-American in Congress

    Hiram Revels becomes the first African-American in Congress after he is elected to represent Mississippi in the Senate by the Mississippi state legislature. Revels, born a free man in North Carolina, was an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, served as a chaplain to Union soldiers during the Civil War, and helped recruit Union soldiers in Maryland and Missouri. 

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  • John F. Dulles born

    American diplomat John Foster Dulles is born in Washington, D.C. Dulles, an attorney by trade, represented the United States at both the Versailles Conference after World War I and the San Francisco Conference, where the United Nations Charter was established. Dulles is best known for serving as Secretary of State under President Eisenhower, as he redefined American Cold War policy.

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