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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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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History, Modern History

A ‘Most Honest Horse Thief’: James Byrnes’ Role In Japan’s Conditional Surrender

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By Paul Ham Upon his swearing in as President Harry Truman’s Secretary of State, on 3rd July 1945, James Francis ‘Jimmy’ Byrnes quietly assumed greater powers than his new position entailed. In coming weeks, Byrnes would act as Truman’s big

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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History

Albert Einstein and the Atomic Bomb

By Dr. Jürgen Neffe   Since 1934, Leo Szilard had been pondering the possibility of neutron chain reactions and the massive explosions that would result. While Einstein purportedly still doubted whether atomic bombs could be built at all, the press

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Atomic Letters: Einstein, Roosevelt, Sachs

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By Callie Oettinger                 Letter of Albert Einstein to the Lieutenant Stephen Brunauer, U.S. Navy Bureau of Ordnance, 8/13/1943. Credit: Library of Congress.       CALLIE OETTINGER was Command Posts’ first managing

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How Much Did Stalin Know?

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By Micheal D. Gordin On July 16, a day before Terminal began, scientists working for the Manhattan Project had detonated the world’s first atomic explosion in the desert outside Alamogordo, New Mexico: Operation Trinity. Atop a hundred- foot- tall tower,

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