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Jackie Robinson: Baseball’s Noble Experiment

Jackie Robinson broke the "color line" in baseball, the first African American to play on an integrated major league team. He endured with dignity the racism of many fans and other players and opened major league ball for all black players.
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American History: April 2001 From the Editor

Of Politics, Baseball, and WarIT'S SAFE to say that the presidential election for the year 2000 will be one for the history books. Look for an article about it in American...
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American History: February ’01 Letters

THE FIRST TO FIGHT When I received the October 2000 issue, I eagerly turned to the article about the 54th Massachusetts Voluntary Regiment ("A Gallant Rush for Glory" by William C. Kashatus), but...
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American History: April ’01 Letters

WAS PANCHO VILLA AT COLUMBUS? Gary Glynn might have made a major error in "Attack on Columbus" (December 2000) when he stated that Pancho Villa was nearby when his men attacked the town. Although...
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Letters to American History: April ’00 Letters

THE REAL THOMAS PAINE? In his article on Thomas Paine ("Revolution with Pen & Ink," February 2000), William Kashatus is to be lauded for shedding some light on the enormous role Thomas Paine...
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American History: August ’00 Letters

SHAPING THE FUTURE It would take a railroad buff, a steel industry buff, and a history buff (and I'm all three) to fully appreciate the photograph shown in the "American Album" for March/April 2000. The...
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American History: February ’00 Letters

SLAVE WAGESMark Dunkelman's account of Robert Smalls' escape from slavery ("A Bold Break for Freedom," December 1999) stirred my interest in just how slavery worked. The picture that we are given today is of...
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American History: December ’00 Letters

GENERAL DIFFERENCES In the article "The Great Railroad Raid" (August 2000), the locomotive identified as the General in the illustration on page 37 shows the train has a horizontal cowcatcher, yet...
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American History: June 2000 From the Editor

Action, Adventure, and DinosaursWHEN I WAS YOUNG I was obsessed with dinosaurs, an interest that peaked around the time I was in first and second grade. One of the best fuels for...
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More Letters to American History: April ’00

TRAIN BIDDING Thank you for another fine issue, but I must comment on Milton Bagby's article "Casey Jones Rides Again" (December 1999). I'm certain that Mr. Bagby doesn't want to continue the...
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American History: August 2000 From the Editor

Wars, Forgotten and Otherwise THE STORIES from history that interest me the most are those that still reverberate.For example, this year marks the 75th anniversary of the court...
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American History: October ’00 Letters

TARLETON AND THE SWAMP FOXAfter reading "The Devil Himself Could Not Catch Him," Paul Thomsen's article on Francis Marion (August 2000), I was amused by J.B. Cheaney's sidebar on British Army officer Banastre...
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American History: Feburary 2000 From the Editor

Thoughts on HistoryMix government with art, and the result can be volatile. For example, consider the Federal Theatre Project, a 1935 Works Progress Administration (WPA) program that set out to put theatrical...