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American History

18th-Century Ship Found Buried in New York

Gerald D. Swick | Published: July 15, 2010 at 9:42 am
Links to photos and video of the 18th-century sailing vessel found buried under the site of the World Trade Center on July 14, 2010.

The Patriot Who Refused to Sign the Declaration of Independence

Jack Rakove | Published: June 03, 2010 at 3:11 pm
John Dickinson was America’s most renowned patriot until he refused to sign the Declaration of Independence.

Upside-Down Bailout

H.W. Brands | Published: June 03, 2010 at 3:10 pm
Wall Street bailed out the feds when J.P. Morgan saved the U.S. Treasury from collapse in 1895.

Barnstorming Aces Satchel Paige and Dizzy Dean

Larry Tye | Published: April 01, 2010 at 11:11 am
Baseball’s two greatest pitchers, Satchel Paige and Dizzy Dean, barnstormed their way across the major league color line.

Debunking Boston Tea Party Myths

Ray Raphael | Published: April 01, 2010 at 8:18 am
The Boston Tea Party wasn’t about higher taxes. It was America’s first response to too big to fail.

Dr. Shadid's Maverick Medicine

Steve Boisson | Published: March 24, 2010 at 12:27 pm
Affordable quality health care for everyone became a reality for one Oklahoma town in the depths of the Great Depression.

America's Worst Winter Ever

Ray Raphael | Published: February 04, 2010 at 12:33 pm
Forget Valley Forge. The Morristown winter of 1779-80 was the real test for George Washington and the Continental Army.

Abigail Adams on 'The Only Surviving Parent I Have'

Woody Holton | Published: February 04, 2010 at 12:31 pm
Abigail Adams and former slave Phoebe Abdee forged an unusual bond.

A War of Extermination - Audubon

John James Audubon | Published: February 01, 2010 at 7:17 pm
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.'

America's Disastrous Invasion of Quebec

Published: December 11, 2009 at 5:11 pm
George Washington’s plan to invade Canada in 1775 ended in disaster.

Washington's 5 Rules for Honorable War

Ray Raphael | Published: December 11, 2009 at 5:04 pm
In 1775 General George Washington issued rules for invading a foreign country: make friends with the locals, respect religious differences and don’t abuse prisoners.

100 Greatest Spy Movies

HistoryNet staff | Published: December 02, 2009 at 6:41 pm
Vote for the greatest spy movie of all time, from a list of the 100 Greatest Spy Movies compiled by the editors of American History magazine.

A Cold Day in Hell

Published: November 24, 2009 at 4:42 pm
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, Arnold's men endured the unimaginable as their supplies …

America's First Women Aviators

Ernest B. Furgurson | Published: November 24, 2009 at 4:20 pm
Amelia Earhart followed a trail blazed by several daring women aviators.

What's Wrong With American Healthcare?

Gene Santoro | Published: October 15, 2009 at 2:33 pm
James Mohr examines the history of American health care.

Matilda Josyln Gage - the Unlikely Inspiration for the Wizard of Oz

Evan I. Schwartz | Published: September 24, 2009 at 2:45 pm
Suffragist Matilda Josyln Gage was the unlikely inspiration for L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
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