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Roosevelt felt the country needed “direct, vigorous action” to pull it out of the Depression.

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

The young nation was lucky to have the only candidate on earth who could do the job

After ten years of research into the history of gun rights, it’s clear that most Americans' understanding of the “right to bear arms” is not consistent with historical facts.

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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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  • Robert E. Lee born

    General Robert E. Lee is born in Westmoreland County, Virginia. His father, Colonel "Light Horse" Harry Lee, served in the Continental Army with George Washington. Lee, a career officer in the United States Army, resigned his commission in 1861 to join the Confederacy, where he eventually led the Army of Northern Virginia from 1862 to 1865.

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  • US-Japan defense treaty signed

    In Washington D.C., the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan is signed. Following the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty, Japan regained its sovereignty following the Allied occupation, and the 1960 bilateral security treaty with the United States ensured its Cold War security.

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  • Edgar Allen Poe born

    American author and poet Edgar Allan Poe is born in Boston. Born Edgar Poe, he was adopted by Richmond merchant John Allan after his mother passed away. Poe is best known for developing detective fiction and science fiction into American literary genres, and is also regarded as one of the greatest American poets.

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