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‘Unless we progress, we regress’

Eisenhower scholars have spent much of the past two decades correcting the record of his presidency, distorted by biased historians and antagonistic pundits. Ike’s legacy in civil rights is still the...
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We’ve Been Here Before: Ike’s Middle East Gambit

The United States is trying to make a deal with Iran, by which that country would guarantee to keep its nuclear program peaceful. After winding down the war in Iraq, American troops are back in that country to...
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A Capitol Offense

Congress enacted Prohibition but lawmakers didn’t go dry, thanks to bootlegger George Cassiday—the “Man in the Green Hat”—who set up shop on Capitol Hill
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May 8, 1945: Victory in Europe

Seventy years ago, the Allies celebrated V-E Day, closing the Western theater of World War II. Here in their own words, two Americans take stock of what happened
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We’ve Been Here Before: Taking It to the Streets

In the summer of 2014 the deaths of two black men in confrontations with police officers riveted the nation’s attention. In July Eric Garner, of Staten Island, N.Y., suffered a fatal heart attack while...
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Here Is Where: Marking Time in Nevada

During my drive across the country to seek out unmarked and yet significant historic sites, it’s not until I hit the Utah-Nevada border that I begin to appreciate just how old Prometheus—my focus...
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The Constitution’s Last Victory

Old Ironsides’ dramatic final battle in the War of 1812 marked the end of British naval dominance and the emergence of a confident new competitor
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Death Stalks the Capital

A deadly epidemic in Philadelphia shut down the nation’s business and taught Americans an important lesson: Good health is good policy
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Encounter: Robert E. Lee Faces Congress

The senator began his interrogation with an innocuous question: “Where is your present residence?” “Lexington, Virginia,” the witness replied. “How long have you resided at...