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A longtime expert on Blues music recounts what it was like to work with an artist who defies definition.

The 5th president's policies helped create an “Era of Good Feelings,” a prosperous time never seen before or since in American history.

The recent discovery of the hull of the battleship Nevada recalls her dramatic action at Pearl Harbor and ultimate revenge on D-Day as the first ship to fire on the Nazis.

J.D. Salinger carried a draft of his later-to-be-famous novel with him when he landed on the beach at Normandy.

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We nearly lost our first president to the flu. The country could have died, too, by Gillian Brockell In 1790, George Washington fell severely ill, threatening his life and the young nation he led.
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.

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  • Miranda v. Arizona ruling

    The Supreme Court delivers its verdict in Miranda v. Arizona, ruling that criminal suspects must be read their constitutional rights before interrogated by law enforcement officers. Since the ruling, police typically inform suspects of their rights to remain silent, consult an attorney, and option for a court-appointed attorney.

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  • Pentagon Papers released

    The New York Times publishes the first installment of the Pentagon Papers, leaked excerpts from a Defense Department study on U.S.-Vietnam relations between 1945 and 1967. Daniel Ellsberg, a RAND Corporation employee, disclosed numerous volumes of the report to the Times reporter Neil Sheehan, detailing American bombing in Cambodia, Laos, and North Vietnam.

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  • Battle of "Bloody Gulch"

    Right outside Carentan, France, American airborne and armored units repel a German counterattack at the "Battle of Bloody Gulch." This victory helps secure Carentan and pushes German defenders further from the beachheads.