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Firefight: New York’s First Black Firefighters

Molly Williams; Firefight

By Ginger Adams Otis It’s no secret that FDNY firefighters are among the best in the world, but here’s a little-known fact about New York’s Bravest: a black woman was among the city’s earliest smoke eaters. Her name was Molly

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Posted in Contemporary History, Modern History

The Global Reserve Currency: Despite Problems The Dollar Still Rules

Detroit's car makers quickly switch back from  tanks to automobiles as did many other industries at the end of WWII. This image is in the public domain via Tropics of Meta

By Milton Ezrati The dollar is back. After no end of death sentences issued over the years, the greenback today still stands as the world’s premier currency for trade and finance, what economists and bankers call “the global reserve currency.”

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Posted in Contemporary History, Modern History

Who Really was America’s First Flying Ace: The Case for Eddie Rickenbacker

First Lieutenant E. V. Eddie Rickenbacker, 94th Aero Squadron, American ace, standing up in his Spad plane. Near Rembercourt, France in the Fall of 1918. Image in the public domain via OPA - Online Public Access

by John F. Ross In Spring of 1918, during World War I, two American pilots entered a fierce competition to become the first ace in American service by shooting down five confirmed enemy airships. They both couldn’t have been cut

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Posted in Military History, Modern History

The Game Must Go On: The Great Days of Baseball During WWII

Without Hank Greenberg in the lineup, the Detroit Tigers struggled throughout the season to draw the crowds of the previous prewar years. Image in the public domain via

by John Klima The war years have often been characterized as a void in time where nothing significant happened. In fact, the war years featured some great teams, great races, great players and great stories and sparked a transformation that

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Posted in Military History, Modern History, Sports History

Grammar Versus Slang: An American Tradition

Davy Crockett at the fall of the Alamo

by Rosemarie Ostler It only takes a quick surf around the internet to see that Americans are fascinated by their own language use. Countless blogs offer grammar and usage advice, or simply complain about the falling off of standards. At

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Posted in Contemporary History, Modern History

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