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John Quincy Adams: American President & Patriot

John Quincy Adams

Phyllis Lee Levin From the book: The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams A patriot by birth, John Quincy Adams’s destiny was foreordained. He was not only “The Greatest Traveler of His Age,” but his country’s most gifted linguist and

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When Britain Burned the White House: Harry and Juana Smith

When Britain Burned The White House; Harry and Juana Smith

by Peter Snow Harry and Juana Smith Many a soldier has had an exciting life. It’s not often that a solider shares the excitement and danger with his wife. But it is true of one redoubtable young officer and his

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A Poem or a Song: What Was Francis Scott Key Writing That Night?

Fort McHenry

by Marc Leepson Francis Scott Key loved poetry. From the time he was a child, he spun out rhyming verses with prolific regularity—verses that with one giant exception were at best overly flowery and at worse, embarrassingly amateurish. Verses that

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The Man Who Burned Washington D.C.

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By Peter Snow The only time other than 9/11 that an outside force has attacked the United States capital (Washington D.C.) was on 24 August 1814. And one man more than any other was responsible for it: George Cockburn, a

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Fort McHenry: September 12-14, 1814

By René Chartrand On September 12, Baltimore was in view of the 50 British warships. To defend the city, some 14,000 militiamen joined 1,000 regulars. The most important fortification in the area was Fort McHenry, which guarded the access to

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