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A Poem or a Song: What Was Francis Scott Key Writing That Night?

Fort McHenry

by Marc Leepson Francis Scott Key loved poetry. From the time he was a child, he spun out rhyming verses with prolific regularity—verses that with one giant exception were at best overly flowery and at worse, embarrassingly amateurish. Verses that

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Three Reasons the British Should Have Won the Revolutionary War (and Three Reasons the Patriots Did Win)

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By Jack Kelly George Washington called the American victory in the Revolutionary war “little short of a standing miracle.” In 1776, an overwhelming British army had defeated his poorly trained force, driven them out of New York City, and chased

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The Man Who Burned Washington D.C.

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By Peter Snow The only time other than 9/11 that an outside force has attacked the United States capital (Washington D.C.) was on 24 August 1814. And one man more than any other was responsible for it: George Cockburn, a

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Shedding the Mythology of the Good Slaveholder

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By Chris Tomlinson My grandfather used to tell me that our family had owned slaves before the Civil War, and they loved us so much that they took our last name. The descendants of the former slaves, he said, still

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Posted in Contemporary History, Modern History

Today in History: Almost 100 Years After the Death of the Romanovs

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On this day in history, 96 years ago, the Romanov Family was awakened from their sleep and executed, under the impression they were being moved for safety reasons. Helen Rappaport depicts the personal lives of the four Romanov sisters through

Posted in Modern History

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