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President Johnson shocked the nation when he ended his bid for reelection in 1968. As early as 1964, Lady Bird had suggested that he might not want to run for a second term.

Enormous crowds greeted the Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolution, during his visit to all 24 states nearly 40 years after the war ended.

In a momentous couple of years, the young United States added more than a million square miles of territory, including Texas and California. 

We can’t let the home of one of the great heroes of the American Revolution be demolished.

Classic Essays from Our Archives

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


Who Invented Scalping? | April 1977, Vol 28, No 3

By James Axtell

In recent years many voices—both Native-American and white—have questioned whether Indians did in fact invent scalping. What is the evidence?


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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"The Sparck of Rebellion" | Winter 2010, Vol 59, No 4

By Douglas Brinkley

Badly disguised as Indians, a rowdy group of patriotic vandals kicked a revolution into motion

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“The Tide Is Setting Strongly Against Us” | Winter 2010, Vol 59, No 4

By Edward L. Ayers

Lincoln’s bid for reelection in 1864 faced serious challenges from a popular opponent and a nation weary of war

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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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    Today in History

  • Dillinger gunned down

    John Dillinger, the notorious Depression-era gangster and bank robber, is killed during a gunfight with the FBI outside of a Chicago theater.

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  • Lincoln announces Emancipation Proclamation to Cabinet

    President Abraham Lincoln announces the Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet.

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  • John White leads colonists to Roanoke

    Governor John White leads English settlers to the island of Roanoke, establishing the community that will soon be known as "The Lost Colony."

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