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While much of the world still faces restrictions on religion, America's unique approach brought about both religious freedom and spiritual vibrancy.

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The AP's Secret Deal with the Nazis, by Michael S. Rosenwald Did the Associated Press violate the "Trading with the Enemy Act" to profit from selling Nazi propaganda photos, or was this an authorized effort to gain images with legitimate news value?
Frederick Douglass, Refugee, by David Blight Millions forced to flee as refugees and beg for asylum have felt Douglass’s agony, and thought his thoughts.
Gwen Ifill’s Clear-eyed Coverage of Bill Clinton, by David W. Dunlap This past year we lost a legend in the field of journalism. A look back at her coverage of Bill Clinton and the 1992 election and the journalist with the ability to bridge many gaps between race, gender and generations.
What Abraham Lincoln Can Teach Us About Ugly Politics, by Mark Tooley We should recall Lincoln's confidence in American democracy despite the perceived failure of the Washington Peace Conference of 1861.
Roosevelt Was Hardly Naive About Stalin, by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. When they met at Yalta, Roosevelt and Stalin had corresponded in more than 300 letters.

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  • FDR signs Executive Order 9066

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, allowing the War Department to remove anyone from certain areas of the country "as deemed necessary or desirable." Japanese-Americans were affected the most, as over 100,000 Japanese-Americans, along with several thousand German and Italian-Americans were relocated and sometimes interned in military camps.

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  • Iwo Jima landings

    United States Marines begin their amphibious landings on Iwo Jima, a Japanese-controlled island 650 miles south of Tokyo. Also known as Operation Detachment, about 70,000 Marines would fight in the 35-day battle to secure Iwo Jima.

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