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Who Really was America’s First Flying Ace: The Case for Eddie Rickenbacker

Eddie Rickenbacker-Enduring Courage

by John F. Ross In Spring of 1918, during World War I, two American pilots entered a fierce competition to become the first ace in American service by shooting down five confirmed enemy airships. They both couldn’t have been cut

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Posted in Military History, Modern History

The Game Must Go On: The Great Days of Baseball During WWII

Hank Greenberg- The Game Must Go on

by John Klima The war years have often been characterized as a void in time where nothing significant happened. In fact, the war years featured some great teams, great races, great players and great stories and sparked a transformation that

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Posted in Military History, Modern History, Sports History

First Over There: America’s First Battle of World War One

Battle of Cantigny - First Over There

by Matthew Davenport In the early morning sunshine of the fourth spring of World War One, young lieutenants climbed onto the dirt parapets of their trenches, blew their whistles, and led riflemen “over the top” and across no-man’s-land into battle.

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Posted in Military History

Grammar Versus Slang: An American Tradition

Fall of the Alamo

by Rosemarie Ostler It only takes a quick surf around the internet to see that Americans are fascinated by their own language use. Countless blogs offer grammar and usage advice, or simply complain about the falling off of standards. At

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Posted in Contemporary History, Modern History

A Passion for Paris: Alexandre Dumas and the Ghosts of Romantic Fiction

Alexander Dumas

by David Downie Romantic-era novelist Alexandre Dumas may well have created the world’s first fiction factory in Paris in the mid-1800s, a factory populated by ghosts. How many of Dumas’ hundreds of millions of readers realize that the plots and

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Posted in Ancient & Medieval History, Modern History

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