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The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington

by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch In 1776, an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washington’s bodyguards. Washington trusted them; relied on them. But unbeknownst to Washington, some of them were part of a treasonous plan. In the

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The Battle for Blair Mountain

by Jess Montgomery “Well. At least we weren’t coal miners.” I heard that many a time, at family reunions or other gatherings, as I grew up. On the surface, it sounds, well. snooty. Or worse—condescending.

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Posted in Modern History

Christmas in 1920s America

by Maia Chance In 1921, Frances Lester Warner described a Christmas Eve scene in Boston with “red and white crystal” in shop windows, “lights gleaming on the slippery cross-streets, throngs of last-minute shoppers” and “bright posters still cheerfully advising us

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Posted in Early Modern History, Modern History

America’s First Native American Doctor

by Joe Starita On March 14, 1889, Susan La Flesche Picotte received her medical degree—becoming the first Native American doctor in U.S. history. She earned her degree thirty-one years before women could vote and thirty-five years before Indians could become

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FDR and Al Smith: An Unlikely Political Alliance

by Terry Golway Like many state senators in the spring of 1912, Franklin Roosevelt was a busy man. The Triangle fire and the work of the Factory Investigating Commission had transformed the debates in Albany and inspired legislation and regulations

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