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Truman’s Renovation of the White House


By Robert Klara It would no doubt come as a surprise to the 1.5 million people who visit the White House each year that the hallowed halls in which they walk are actually only sixty years old. Wait—didn’t George Washington

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Posted in Contemporary History

Goodbye OSS and Hello CIA: National Security Act of 1947

Truman Signing National Security Act

By Callie Oettinger July 26, 1947 the National Security Act was approved: To promote the national security by providing for a Secretary of Defense; for a National Military Establishment; for a Department of the Army, a Department of the Navy,

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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History

How Much Did Stalin Know?

Truman and Stalin

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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Posted in Military History, Modern History

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