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Railroads, the Chicago World’s Fair, and George Pullman

by Jack Kelly The year 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental rail line. The explosive growth of railroads had, by the 1890s, created the world’s greatest transportation system and made American railroad corporations the

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A Clue to a Secret Love of George Washington

by Mary Calvi Those who read Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, No. 550, in March of 1896, would have seen an illustration on page 572 depicting a romantic moment between George Washington and a woman who wasn’t Martha. It is paired

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The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington

by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch In 1776, an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washington’s bodyguards. Washington trusted them; relied on them. But unbeknownst to Washington, some of them were part of a treasonous plan. In the

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The Battle for Blair Mountain

by Jess Montgomery “Well. At least we weren’t coal miners.” I heard that many a time, at family reunions or other gatherings, as I grew up. On the surface, it sounds, well. snooty. Or worse—condescending.

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Queen Victoria: Twenty-Four Days That Changed Her Life

by Lucy Worsley Drawing from the vast collection of Victoria’s correspondence and the rich documentation of her life, author Lucy Worsley recreates twenty-four of the most important days in Victoria’s life. Each day gives a glimpse into the identity of

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