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Brigham Young’s 19th Wife

Mormon polygamy grabbed the national spotlight in 1875 when Prophet Brigham Young's 19th wife, Ann Eliza, divorced him, wrote an expose about plural marriage and set out on a lecture tour.
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George Washington Pays Homage to Yahweh

Simon Schama describes President George Washington’s 1790 visit to Newport, RI, to promote support for the Bill of Rights. His visit provoked an exchange with a member of the Touro Synagogue about the young country’s commitment to religious freedom.
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Latter-day Scoundrel Sam Brannan

From his base in Gold Rush–era San Francisco, the onetime Mormon elder and newspaperman defied Brigham Young and flaunted his reputation for wickedness.
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Muhammad: The Warrior Prophet

Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, was also a truly great general. In the space of a single decade he fought eight major battles, led eighteen raids, and planned another thirty-eight military operations.
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Timeline: The World of 1607

The settlers of Jamestown, Virginia, left behind an England that was experiencing political and religious changes in 1607.
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The Quaker Migration: Friends Find Peace in Pennsylvania

When the Restoration Parliament enacted the Clarendon Code, its restrictive provisions effectively criminalized the practice of the nonconformist church. In search of tolerance for themselves and others, through the late 1600s thousands of Quakers found a new life in the Delaware Valley.
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The Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th Century

In Britain as on the Continent, the Middle Ages were a golden era of monasticism that saw the flowering of grand foundations of surpassing architectural beauty. Ironically, the dawn of the English Renaissance signaled their demise.
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Lady Godiva’s Coventry

The legendary Lady Godiva was one of the founders and earliest rulers of the Midlands city of Coventry. Today, Coventry's past and present are in stark contrast.