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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.
How America’s Founding Fathers Missed a Chance to Abolish Slavery, by Michael Hirsh They swept the issue under the rug, and even Thomas Jefferson realized that civil war was inevitable before he died on July 4, 1826. But history could have taken a different direction.
The Dr. Strange of the American Revolution, by Brian Gallagher Benjamin Rush was a strange, or a strangely gifted, man, and one of the youngest—at 30—to sign the Declaration of Independence.
What is Juneteenth? The history behind the oldest commemoration of the abolishment of slavery in the US, by Lucia Suarez Sang Black Americans began to celebrate Juneteenth in honor of when Texas - the last rebel state - officially abolished slavery.
Cathartic acts of rage, or the rewriting of history? How statues became political lightning rods, by Tim Lister The soul-searching about race prompted by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has extended into how the history of racial persecution and prejudice is remembered.

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    Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounds former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a duel in Weehawken, New Jersey. Political rivals for some time, Hamilton helped Thomas Jefferson prevail over Burr during the 1800 presidential election and worked against Burr as he sought the New York governorship.

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  • John Q. Adams born

    Sixth President John Quincy Adams is born in Braintree, now Quincy, Massachusetts. His father, John Adams, successfully lobbied for the Declaration of Independence in the Continental Congress and served as President from 1797 to 1801. John Quincy Adams became one of America's greatest diplomats both as Secretary of State and as chief executive from 1825 to 1829.

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