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A historian tackles one of American history’s thorniest questions

Native American peoples and the lands they possessed loomed large for Washington, from his first trips westward as a surveyor to his years as President.

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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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    The Battle of Leyte Gulf begins off the coast of the Filipino islands Leyte and Samar. The battle, fought between the U. S. Navy's 3rd and 7th fleets and the Japanese Imperial Navy, is considered the largest naval battle in military history, and the American victory would secure the Leyte beachhead for amphibious landings.

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  • Beirut terrorist bombings

    Two suicide bombings attack American and French forces stationed in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 241 United States servicemen. American and French soldiers were stationed in Lebanon as part of the Multinational Force in Lebanon deployed to contain the Lebanese Civil War.