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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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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History

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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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History

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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How Operation Torch’s Flame Was Set Alight

by Michael E. Haskew Operation Torch, a highly complex endeavor scheduled for November 8, 1942, involved Allied forces on land, sea, and air.

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The Vietnam War’s Effect on Nixon’s 1968 Win

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by James E. Wright By the fall of 1968, a majority of Americans agreed that Vietnam was the nation’s major problem—as they had pretty consistently affirmed for the previous three years. Increasingly, there was a mood that it was time to

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