Seymour Berkson: An Open Letter to the Mad Bomber

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by Michael Cannell

Seymour Berkson may have been the only New Yorker to recoil at the sight of the psychiatric profile published on the front page of The New York Times on Christmas Day, 1956.
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When the Lowell Women Broke the Boston Brahmin Rules

by Nina Sankovitch

On a late winter’s evening in the year 1902, Amy Lowell took to the podium at a meeting of the Brookline school board to protest the reappointment of an aged and ineffective teacher.  The audience was shocked by this Boston Brahmin woman speaking out in public, and even more horrified that she was taking a stand against an older, established male.
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Francis Willoughby Begins his Legendary Journey to the West Indies

by Matthew Parker

Francis Willoughby would be described by contemporaries as both charming and self-centered; his military and political careers would show him to be at times impetuous and at others indecisive. In many ways he was a visionary, but he was also an inveterate plotter and schemer.
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The Vietnam War’s Effect on Nixon’s 1968 Win

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by James E. Wright

By the fall of 1968, a majority of Americans agreed that Vietnam was the nation’s major problem—as they had pretty consistently affirmed for the previous three years. Increasingly, there was a mood that it was time to do something about this problem—and some emerging if vague consensus on what this might be. In May, 41 percent of those polled by George Gallup had said they were “hawks” and an equivalent number described themselves as “doves.”
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Jack London and the Yukon Gold Rush

by Peter Lourie; illustrated by Wendell Minor

In a heavy drizzle, Jack London and his gold- mining partners sat in dugout canoes loaded with five tons of supplies as Sitka Tlingit paddlers drove their seventy- five- foot- long boats through heavy seas. Clouds tumbled like ghosts over the craggy peaks above them. Jack had traveled a long way— first by steamer from San Francisco, California, to Juneau, Alaska, and now by wooden canoe to the coastal village of Dyea (pronounced Die- EE), Alaska, one hundred miles north of Juneau.
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