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The Importance of “America’s Oldest” Alliance

by Tom Shachtman In Paris for Bastille Day, President Donald Trump said, “France is America’s oldest ally.  A lot of people don’t know that,” and added, “France helped us secure our independence, a lot of people forget.” My new book,

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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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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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The Napoleonic Wars’ Impact on Jane Austen

Napoleonic Wars

by Lucy Worsley ‘What calm lives they had . . . No worries about the French Revolution,  or the crushing struggles of the Napoleonic wars.’ Winston Churchill on Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen never went to France. In her lifetime,

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The Broadcasting Legend Who Discovered T. E. Lawrence

T.E. Lawrence

by Mitchell Stephens During the First World War Lowell Thomas was confirming—as he zipped to Europe, through Europe and then to the Middle East— that being in motion was his preferred state. And the direction he preferred for all this

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