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A historian looks at the distinctive Midwestern identity of Wilder and her "Little House on the Prairie" books.

During Pres. Washington’s first term, an epidemic killed one tenth of all the inhabitants of Philadelphia, then the capital of the young United States.

Toward the end of World War I, American doctors fought an invisible enemy on the home front — a pandemic that would kill more people than any other outbreak of disease in human history.

A menu for a 1779 New England Thanksgiving included dishes from turkey and venison to pumpkin pie.

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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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    One week after President Kennedy's assassination, President Lyndon B. Johnson establishes the Warren Commission to investigate the alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, his death, and any possible conspiracies.

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  • Whitman Massacre in present-day Washington

    A band of Cayuse and Umatilla Indians massacre Dr. Marcus Whitman, his wife Narcissa, and eleven other missionaries near Fort Walla Walla in present-day Washington. Several causes include a Cholera outbreak, a local conflict between Catholic and Protestant missionaries, and a renegade Cayuse named Joe Lewis who sought to instigate a destabilizing crisis.

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  • Louisa May Alcott born

    American novelist Louisa May Alcott is born in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Alcott, most famous for Little Women, was the daughter of noted transcendentalist Amos Bronson Alcott, who moved the family to rural Massachusetts to embrace the natural world. 

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