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Jim McCloskey and a handful of other advocates do the tough work of helping the wrongfully convicted.

A junior Army officer, acting on secret orders from the president, bluffed a far stronger Mexican force into conceding North America's westernmost province to the United States

Our research found that Britain lost 24 warships sunk or damaged in October 1780, which must have affected the Royal Navy's ability to fight in the following months.

The force behind the early education and social movement—American curiosity—still lives on today. 

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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.
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.

    Today in History

  • President Garfield dies

    President James A. Garfield dies from his wounds inflicted by assassin Charles Guiteau.

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  • First Battle of Saratoga

    In the Battle of Freeman's Farm, also known as the First Battle of Saratoga, British forces under General John Burgoyne win a costly victory that is later reversed in the Battle of Bemis Heights 18 days later. 

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  • Battle of Hürtgen Forest begins

    The Battle of Hürtgen Forest begins as Americans attack German forces east of the Belgian-German border. It would become the longest battle ever fought by the U.S. Army.