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The Plot to Kidnap a Dead President

by Philip Jett Most American citizens know that President Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot on April 14, 1865, just after the Civil War ended. However, it’s what happened to Lincoln afterward that intrigues me.

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Thomas Jefferson: Revolutionary

by Kevin R. C. Gutzman Thomas Jefferson’s influence on American political history outstrips that of any other figure. Only Franklin Roosevelt rivaled President Jefferson’s dominance of the federal government, and Jefferson was more than the supreme politician of the revolutionary

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America’s Interventionist Course

by Stephen Kinzer Every member of Congress understood that history was about to be made. President McKinley had decided that the United States should push its power into the Pacific Ocean and that, as a first step, it must seize the

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How Sears Saved Christmas from the Soviets

by Philip Jett It was November 30, 1955, and the Cold War was raging. The U.S. had stockpiled 2,422 atomic bombs while the Soviets had only about 200, though more than ample to annihilate the United States. With the Soviet

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Anne Royall: Common Scold

by Jeff Biggers Bloody feet, sisters, have worn smooth the path by which you have come hither. —Abby Kelley Foster, National Women’s Rights Convention, 1851 In the summer of 1829, more than a century after Grace Sherwood had been plunged into the Lynnhaven

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