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For most of the 1800s, whites in blackface performed in widely popular minstrel shows, creating racist stereotypes that endured for more than a century.

The first significant Union victory in the Civil War is now honored at one of the newest National Monuments. It was a battle too often ignored by historians and the public.

Seventy-five years ago, Allied soldiers made a daring amphibious landing behind German lines and were soon surrounded in what would become one of the toughest battles of World War II

Four hundred years ago this year, two momentous events happened in Britain’s fledgling colony in Virginia: the New World’s first democratic assembly convened, and an English privateer brought kidnapped Africans to sell as slaves. Such were the conflicted origins of modern America.


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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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  • US declares war on Spain

    Congress issues a declaration of war against Spain following the explosion of the USS Maine in Havana harbor. One day earlier, Spain had declared war in response to an American blockade of Cuba, compelling President William McKinley to declare war.

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  • Elbe Day

    American and Soviet forces meet on opposite sides of the Elbe River in eastern Germany, effectively announcing the Allied occupation of Germany. While Nazi units continued to fight, Elbe Day represents the first link of Alled forces from the Western and Eastern Fronts.

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  • Edward R. Murrow born

    American journalist and reporter Edward R. Murrow is born in Guilford County, North Carolina. Murrow helped relay the news from Europe during World War II, where he reported from Austria in 1938, and later covered the Battle of Britain from London. Murrow later distinguished himself during the Cold War, as he frequently criticized Senator Joseph McCarthy and the Red Scare.

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