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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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  • Sinking of the Lusitania

    German submarine U-20 sinks the RMS Lusitania, a British ocean liner carrying both civilians and military supplies from the United States. The attack killed 1,198 people, over half of the passengers, including many American citizens, and helped turn American public opinion against Germany.

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  • Formal German surrender

    German authorities sign an unconditional surrender in Reims, France, instituting an armistice between Allied and Axis forces in Europe. The surrender did not include the Soviet Union; on the following day, Germany would surrender in Berlin to American, British, French, and Soviet officers.