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Therese Anne Fowler’s A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts

by Therese Anne Fowler Alva Smith, her southern family destitute after the Civil War, married into one of America’s great Gilded Age dynasties: the newly wealthy but socially shunned Vanderbilts. Ignored by New York’s old-money circles and determined to win

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Hitler’s American Friends: Charles Lindbergh and ‘America First’

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by Bradley W. Hart On September 11, 1941, one of America’s most famous celebrities took to a stage before a raucous crowd in Des Moines, Iowa. This was famed aviator Charles Lindbergh—nicknamed Lucky Lindy—addressing a crowd of America First supporters

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5 Vintage Christmas Cards from the NYPL Archive

by New York Public Library Every year as the days grow shorter, amidst the holly, cookies, and carols there is another timeless holiday tradition—sending and receiving Christmas cards to and from those you love. 100 Christmas Wishes is a collection of vintage

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The Aztec Eagles of WWII: Mexican Air Force Squadron 201

by Mary Jo McConahay In pre-Columbian times, Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park was a verdant space reserved for the rest and recreation of Aztec rulers. Today it is a fifteen-hundred-acre oasis in the middle of the largest Spanish-speaking city in the

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Hitler’s American Friends: Henry Ford and Nazism

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by Bradley W. Hart Over the past century, Ford has become one of the most iconic American brands, from its line of pickup trucks to the Mustang. The company’s first car, the Model T, broke ground and helped create the

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