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The Lordly Roscoe Conkling

by Scott S. Greenberger Despite his promising start as a young man, by his early fifties Chester A. Arthur was known as the crooked crony of New York machine boss Roscoe Conkling. For years Arthur had been perceived as unfit

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Barack Obama’s Inauguration and his Legacy

Barack Obama's inauguration

by Michael D’Antonio On the day before he became president of the United States, Barack Obama put on faded jeans and went to the Sasha Bruce House, a shelter for runaway youth on Capitol Hill, where he used a roller

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The Kennedy Circle: A New Powerful Masculine Mystique

Kennedy Circle

by Steven Watts In 1959 JFK stood as a youthful political leader, with an allure more akin to that of a movie star or popular singer at the forefront of a movement to overcome a crisis of masculinity in postwar

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When JFK Endorsed The Ugly American

Ugly American

by Steven Watts In the crisis of masculinity that preoccupied so many in late 1950s America, a few beacons of hope pierced the gloominess. Cosmopolitan, in its 1957 special issue examining the conundrums of the modern American male, included a

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