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Encounter: Buffalo Bill at Queen Victoria’s Command

IN THE SPRING of 1887, Buffalo Bill Cody sailed from New York to England with his entire “Wild West” show—cowboys, sharpshooters, musicians and 97 American Indians, plus 180 horses, 18 buffalo, 10 elk,...

Encounter: Dorothy Thompson Underestimates Hitler

Adolf Hitler had shown little interest in talking to foreign reporters, but in late 1931, when he was widely seen as Germany's next leader, he finally agreed to meet with Dorothy Thompson, a savvy American reporter with a keen eye and a crisp style.
Robert Lee

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...

Encounter: Casey Stengel Filibusters Estes Kefauver

Dodging questions is an art on Capitol Hill, where politicians routinely avoid answering uncomfortable queries by using various time-honored evasive tactics, including changing the subject, telling an...

Encounter: Ernie Pyle Stumps Arthur Miller

Newspaper reporters are seldom popular. They are the bearers of bad tidings. They ask embarrassing questions and reveal unpleasant facts. They’re frequently pushy and obnoxious. In opinion polls, Ameri­cans...

The “Man of Force” Who Saved Belgium

Before Herbert Hoover became the scapegoat for the Great Depression, he was an international hero who led one of the greatest humanitarian relief efforts in history

Alice Paul

Courageous or reckless, Alice Paul spearheaded a new suffrage campaign for American women

A War of Extermination – Audubon

Although wildlife painter John James Audubon routinely killed birds for specimens, he was appalled by the activities of the 'egg-collectors of Labrador,' whom he accused of waging a 'war of extermination.'
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A Cold Day in Hell

John Joseph Henry was a 16-year-old Pennsylvania rifleman who volunteered to serve under Colonel Benedict Arnold on an ill-fated march to Quebec in the autumn of 1775. Slogging through cold, snowy Maine,...