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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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  • Sherman begins his 'March to the Sea'

    Union General William T. Sherman begins his 'March to the Sea'. Sherman decided to split his army, sending General George Thomas to Nashville to defend Tennessee while he led his force from Atlanta to Savannah. Disconnected from the supply lines, his Union soldiers would subside on foraging from the Georgia countryside.

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  • Articles of Confederation adopted

    After 16 months of debate, the Continental Congress formally adopts the Articles of Confederation to govern the newly-independent United States. Under the Articles of Confederation Congress could not levy taxes, and it required a vote from every state to amend an existing law.

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  • President Roosevelt lays cornerstone on Jefferson Memorial

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt lays the cornerstone for the Jefferson Memorial. The Memorial, located south of the National Mall on the Tidal Basin, was completed in 1943.