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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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  • WTC bombed

    Terrorists detonate a car bomb outside the North Tower of the World Trade Center, killing six civilians and wounding over 1,000 others. The bomb, designed to tip the North Tower into the South Tower, was one of the first major terrorist attacks on American soil before September 11.

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  • Buffalo Bill born

    William F. Cody, better known as "Buffalo Bill", is born outside Le Claire, Iowa. Cody rode for the Pony Express and worked as a teamster for a Kansas regiment during the Civil War before serving as a scout for the U.S. Army, where he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1872. Cody famously started "Buffalo Bill's Wild West" show, which featured cowboys, sharpshooters, and foreign soldiers performing for audiences across the United States and Europe.

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