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The Last Words of John Wilkes Booth

by Philip Jett “Did Jett Betray Me?” Many years before Ancestry.com, my uncle researched the genealogical history of the Jett family and discovered some were Virginian colonists of English descent. My father, however, did not share his brother’s inquisitiveness. “Just

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Paris Through the Eyes of Henri IV

Henri IV

by Susan Cahill; Photographs by Marion Ranoux The story of Henri IV in Paris is best told from high on the Pont Neuf, the New Bridge, the best-loved creation of France’s most beloved king. Henri IV (1553–1610) sits here on

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Q&A with The World Broke in Two Author Bill Goldstein

Bill Goldstein looks back at the intersecting lives and works of the esteemed authors who wrote during the 1920s—Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster, and D. H. Lawrence—in his new book The World Broke in Two.

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The Risk Paid Off: Bringing War to Board Games

Risk

by Tristan Donovan In the early 1950s Albert Lamorisse, who would later win an Academy Award for his 1956 film The Red Balloon, devised a war game called La Conquête du Monde, or the Conquest of the World, during a

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Posted in Contemporary History, Modern History

Robert Smalls Sails out of Slavery

Robert Smalls

by Cate Lineberry As the waves rocked the Planter, Robert Smalls proudly presented the guns to the dashing young John Frederick Nickels, the captain of the Onward, who had come very close to destroying their ship a few minutes earlier.

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