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War Dogs

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by Rebecca Frankel The canon of literature on dogs is vast and deep. I’d be willing to bet that there are thousands upon thousands of titles devoted to stories about dogs—history, fiction, memoirs, advice and “how to” books, and volumes

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Veterans Day: Remembering Those Who Served

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by The History Reader Veterans Day is the day we honor and commemorate our brave service men and women who are fighting and have fought for America’s freedom and security since the early beginnings of our nation. To understand and

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1977: The Amityville Haunting and the Enfield House

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by Roger Clarke ‘Just before I died, I went blind, and then I had an ’aemorrhage and I fell asleep and I died in the chair in the corner downstairs.’ (the voice of an old man expressed by a 12

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Hawai’i: A History of Political Correctness

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by James Haley Anyone who has been attuned to teaching history for any length of time (I started my first book forty years ago) has witnessed a remarkable evolution in attitudes toward what the story really is and how it

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Jefferson’s “Scientific” Declaration of Independence

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by Tom Shachtman Before Thomas Jefferson began to write a draft of the Declaration of Independence, the majority of the delegates to the Second Continental Congress were already on record as agreeing that “it is necessary that the exercise of

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