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A longtime expert on Blues music recounts what it was like to work with an artist who defies definition.

The 5th president's policies helped create an “Era of Good Feelings,” a prosperous time never seen before or since in American history.

The recent discovery of the hull of the battleship Nevada recalls her dramatic action at Pearl Harbor and ultimate revenge on D-Day as the first ship to fire on the Nazis.

J.D. Salinger carried a draft of his later-to-be-famous novel with him when he landed on the beach at Normandy.

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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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  • West Virginia becomes 35th state

    West Virginia enters the Union as the 35th state, two years after it seceded from Virginia in the first months of the Civil War. President Abraham Lincoln stipulated that West Virginia had to adopt a statewide plan for abolition in order to be granted statehood. 

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  • Cold War "hot line" set up

    American and Soviet leaders establish a direct phone line between the White House and the Kremlin following the communication delays during the Cuban Missile Crisis.