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Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa dreamed in vain of keeping the Ohio Valley under Native American dominion. Diocletian Lewis defied convention, pushing women’s causes: temperance, suffrage, and the uncorseted life.
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By The Numbers
The Hour of Fate explodes the assumption that economic history must be dull. Bloomberg News reporter Susan Berfield blends exhaustive research and gripping style to explain how at the turn of the 20th century the United States dealt with the developm
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1776 Commission 86’ed
Among executive orders issued by President Joseph Biden on January 20, 2021, one disbanded the 1776 Commission, established by President Donald Trump in September 2020. A panel of that body whose ranks included no professional historians produced a r
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Tent Show King
On a balmy day in 1928 in a remote Texas town—Muleshoe, maybe, or Sweetwater or Spur or Dickens, perhaps Big Springs, Junction, Eldorado, or Matador, the big state has so many such places—folks from near and far jam either side of Main Street, drawn
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Basket Of Stars
A Native American basket entitled “Myriads of Stars Shine over the Graves of Our Ancestors. A Dat-So-Lalee Masterpiece” sold at auction for $87,500. Renowned artisan Dat So La Lee (aka Louisa Keyser) made the vessel around 1917, meticulously interwea
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Black And White And Brown
On December 13, 1952, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court met to consider five cases they had heard argued earlier that week. Those cases raised the most explosive topic any of the jurists would ever have to rule on: whether the Constitution allow
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Barbara Finlay (“Tent Show King,” p. 50) has written here about post-Reconstruction voter suppression, Tex-Mex music, and a historic strike by pecan shellers in San Antonio, Texas. Roger Forsgren (“Fall from Grace,” p. 26) majored in history at Georg
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An American Place
…came into being in the 1600s, when Dutch farmers who had traded the Tappan Indians for land 15 miles up the Hudson River from Manhattan gave that tribe’s name to a hamlet they platted. On a lot he bought in 1754 on today’s Main Street, merchant Casp
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Half In Love With Death
Henry Baldwin spent the month of May 1849 keeping vigil at his young wife’s bedside in Newport, New Hampshire. “Here I sit in the dear chamber—the ‘bridal chamber’—where one short year ago I first pressed to my heart a young and pure and blooming wif
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About That innocence…
Eddie S. Glaude Jr., James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, is the author of Democracy in Black and Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and its Urgent Lessons for Our Own (Crown, 20
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Full Control To Colonel Tom
Colonel Tom Parker was a big man with a big appetite. He loved country hams, imported cheeses, and ribeye steaks topped with fried eggs. He loved these and other delicacies even more when he was getting somebody else to pay for them, and he usually d
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First Ladies on View
“Every Eye Is Upon Me: First Ladies of the United States,” an exhibition of portraits, is on view at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, until May 23. The gallery’s first exhibition to focus on First Ladies also is online. The show divid
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White House insider
“A smile half-sorrowful and wholly sweet makes you love her face as soon as you look on it,” Mary Clemmer Ames wrote from Washington, DC, in the New York Evening Post in 1862. “It is a face strong with intellect, and heart, with enough of beauty left
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National Hymn Proposed
Representative James Clyburn (D-South Carolina) has a dream: to make the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing” an official national hymn to rank alongside the national anthem. In January, Clyburn introduced legislation to do that. The lyrics, written in 1
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Talking TB
Tuberculosis is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, a bacterium spread by contact with infected sputum. Inhaled bacilli invade soft tissue and multiply, forming nodular lesions that break down and kill tissue. These “tubercules” can affect many org
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Voting In Ink
Editorial cartoons depicting the clashes over voting rights for Blacks and women are among items being presented in an online exhibition by the Massachusetts Historical Society. The drawings, mostly from 19th-century newspapers, also touch on aspects
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Beantown As Battle Zone
America loved its heroes and hated its enemies a hundred years ago no less than today, a parallel that will not escape readers opening this entertaining portrait, with a heavy emphasis on the city of Boston, Massachusetts, of 1918 America. The author
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Fall from Grace
The October 1929 Wall Street collapse had left the American economy in ruins. After prolonged but ineffective optimism at the White House and robust debate on whether to tax imports to protect American farmers and manufacturers, on July 17, 1930, Pre
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Protean Presence
In the mid-20th century, Mike Nichols was a major force—arguably, the major force—in rearranging Americans’ standards for popular entertainment. First, he and Elaine May replaced the bing-bang-boom style of stand-up comedy with scripted sketches and
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Mountain Medicine
In 1885, Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau, left, following a German plan, opened the first American sanitarium at Saranac Lake in upstate New York’s Adirondack Mountains. Trudeau, himself in remission from TB after adhering to a course of rest and a hea
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Dutch Traces
Americans of Dutch ancestry have continued to distinguish themselves: New York City Mayor John. V. Lindsay, actors Henry Fonda and Humphrey Bogart, and rock star Bruce Springsteen, whose father’s family is part-Jersey Dutch. Dutch houses, barns and c
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Catchphrase coinage
On January 6, 2021, Donald Trump capped a months-long campaign against the legitimacy of the election in which he lost the presidency with an incendiary speech to 2,000 supporters on the Ellipse outside the White House. After the rally several hundre
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Getting Schooled
A lawyer and the most scholarly of the Founding Fathers, John Adams (1735-1826) has seen his reputation rise dramatically, partly because that reputation had fallen so low. Bernstein, an admirer and also a lawyer, admits that the curmudgeonly Adams n
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Quaker Awakening
That Benjamin Lay, a hunch-backed dwarf with an oversized head and spindly legs, stood out in his opposition to enslavement would be an understatement. Lay, a Quaker, was among the most strident American abolitionists of the early 18th century. He pr
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Historic Echoes in Capitol Attack
A man carrying a Confederate flag appeared in photos of the January 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol that threatened the continuity of American governance and damaged windows, shutters and doors, and vandalized a figure in Statuary Hall. No Confe
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Top Bid $288,000
“Peanuts” drawings by Charles M. Schulz sold for $288,000 at Heritage Auctions on December 13, 2020. The comic strip debuted in 1950. Schulz made the sketches of eight characters for a newspaper promotional freebie in 1953. Schulz produced the strip,
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In “Roadway to Realism” (December 2020), Daniel B. Moskowitz clouds his otherwise enlightening analysis of Louisville Railroad v. Letson and its impact on the federal courts. The court did rule corporations, for legal purposes, to be people, but the
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Evers Home a National Monument
In 1963, a Ku Klux Klan member assassinated civil rights activist Medgar Evers in the driveway of his modest home in Jackson, Mississippi. In 2017, the residence, on a 6,500-square-foot lot, was named a national monument, and in November 2020 establi
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