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Narcissa Prentiss Whitman, part 8

By Monday, June 13, 1836, if Eliza Spalding could have viewed St. Louis again she might not have considered it such a moldy and...

George Washington and the National Capitol

In 1789 the USA had no capitol city. George Washington would become the driving force in correcting that. Washington DC reflects his vision for...

Andrew Jackson and the Elimination of the National Debt

After having peaked at $127 million after the War of 1812, the national debt stood at $58.4 million when Andrew Jackson became president in...

Union Forces Routed at Bull Run

Three months passed since the fall of Fort Sumter, and both North and South were growing impatient for a decisive battle. The Confederates had...

Portugal, Sugar, and the African Slave Trade

Portuguese efforts in establishing plantation economies begin with the exploration of Africa's coast but end with New World opportunities heavily dependent on slavery. During the...

President Theodore Roosevelt Helps the American Worker

Roosevelt takes a big stick and fights against corruption amongst the rich and gives a helping hand to the American worker. The Northern Securities Company...

Life After the White House, Part 1

We read a great deal about what a President does while he is in the White House, but very little is written about what...

Brief History of Mustard Plasters

Long the staple of many household first aid supplies, the mustard plaster has had an interesting history dating back two thousand or more years. The...

Turchin: Russian American Civil War General

Ivan Vasilievich Turchaninov was a direct descendant from a long line of Don Cossacks best described as Russia’s famed frontier fighting force. A...

The Dragon Lady Conquers America, Part 1

Cornell Newton Shelton, known as C.N., stood freezing in the pre-dawn darkness of Chengtu, China. Shelton, an American bush pilot, preferred jockeying planes around...
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