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History around the web

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.
The Dr. Strange of the American Revolution, by Brian Gallagher Benjamin Rush was a strange, or a strangely gifted, man, and one of the youngest—at 30—to sign the Declaration of Independence.
What is Juneteenth? The history behind the oldest commemoration of the abolishment of slavery in the US, by Lucia Suarez Sang Black Americans began to celebrate Juneteenth in honor of when Texas - the last rebel state - officially abolished slavery.

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    Anne Frank and her family were captured by the Gestapo in Amsterdam.
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  • Lizzie Borden's parents found dead

    Lizzie Borden's parents were found bludgeoned to death in their Massachusetts home.
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  • Civil rights workers found dead

    The bodies of three civil rights activists who disappeared while working for the Congress of Racial Equality in Mississippi are unearthed amid large-scale FBI investigation.
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  • Custer and 7th Cavalry attacked by Indians
    Custer and the U.S. 7th Cavalry engage with Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, and a band of Sioux Indians for the first time along the Tongue River in southeastern Montana.
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    George Washington is named a Master Mason, the highest Freemason rank, in a secret ceremony held in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
  • Wilson declares American neutrality in WWI
    President Woodrow Wilson declares American neutrality as Europe descends into WWI.