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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 >>
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 >>
During Pres. Washington’s first term, an epidemic killed one tenth of all the inhabitants of Philadelphia, then the capital of the young United States. More >>
When Germany unleashed its blitzkreig in 1939, the U.S. Army was only the 17th largest in the world. FDR and Marshall had to build a fighting force able to take on the Nazis, against the wishes of many in Congress. More >>
Fierce debate among early political factions led to many allegations of misdeeds and abuse of power in Washington's administration, but there was no serious misconduct. 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 >>
Thomas Paine's Common Sense helped Americans "decide upon the propriety of separation,” as George Washington said. More >>
The late Tony Horwitz, in his own epic journey, followed in the footsteps of Frederick Law Omsted, who traveled through the South just before the Civil War to learn about our nation in divided times. Here are some observations from West Virginia. More >>
The architect of American race relations in the twentieth century, he ended legal segregation in the United States and became the first African-American on the Supreme Court.   More >>
Our research found that Britain lost 24 warships sunk or damaged in October 1780, which must have affected the Royal Navy's ability to fight in the following months. More >>

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