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The 18th-Century Politics of Santa Claus in America

by Judith Flanders Instead of deriving from folklore, or quaint colonial customs, or religion, the American emergence of Santa Claus was rooted in late-eighteenth-century politics, in the formation of clubs and societies based around ethnic or cultural groups, which came

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The NYPD’s Most Decorated Detective

by Ralph Friedman, with Patrick Picciarelli I was constantly on the prowl to make quality arrests, the important word being quality. I doubt there’s a police officer in New York who couldn’t lock someone up thirty minutes into a shift. There’s

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How Police Brutality Shaped New York City

by Bruce Chadwick Headlines about New York City police officer violence against civilians, including murders, have splashed across the front pages of newspapers and television screen for years. Just recently, a member of the NYPD choked to death Eric Garner, father

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Marilyn & Truman: Beautiful Children of NYC

by Elizabeth Winder 1955. It’s springtime in New York and unseasonably balmy. Cherry blossoms dot Central Park with pale pink, and “Melody of Love” drifts from the radio. The Pajama Game is on Broadway, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis are on

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Searching for Grace Humiston: Mrs. Sherlock Holmes

Grace Humiston

by Brad Ricca Grace Humiston was a celebrated lawyer, a famous detective, and the first female U.S. District Attorney in history. Her specialty was tracking down missing persons, yet she remains largely (and mysteriously) missing from history herself.

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