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Although his flamboyant successor, Theodore Roosevelt, largely overshadowed him, William McKinney deserves credit for establishing the U.S. as a global power, acquiring Hawaii and Puerto Rico, establishing the “fair trade” doctrine, and paving the way for TR’s accomplishments. More >>
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. More >>
John Nicolay and John Hay were Lincoln’s two closest aides in the White House, and helped to craft the image of the President we have today. More >>
Largely overlooked in histories of the Revolution, the Battle of the Chesapeake is in fact one of the most important naval engagements in history, leading to the American victory at Yorktown. More >>
SIXTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH the Soviet Union orbited a “man-made moon” whose derisive chirp persuaded Americans they’d already lost a race that had barely begun More >>
Interest in the outlaw has grown recently with the discovery of the first authenticated photographs of Henry McCarty, who died at the age of 21 after a short, notorious life of gambling and gunfights. More >>
While much of the world still faces restrictions on religion, America's unique approach brought about both religious freedom and spiritual vibrancy. More >>
It came over with the Mayflower and stayed on to be the unchallenged drink of democracy. More >>
Thomas Paine's Common Sense helped Americans "decide upon the propriety of separation,” as George Washington said. More >>
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. More >>

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