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How the Baron von Steuben Fixed the Continental Army at Valley Forge

Born Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin von Steuben, Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben was a military officer in the American Revolution from Prussia. Called…

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Famous Firsts for Women in Political History

Women have played a significant role in American political history. By the time the 19th Amendment was passed in 1920, many states had already…

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The First Woman to Serve in the U.S. House and Senate, Margaret Chase Smith

Margaret Madeline Chase Smith was the first woman to serve on both the United States House of Representatives and the Senate. She served on…

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Flower Pot Turns Out to be Roman Sarcophagus

OXFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND – In a twist of events, an antiques expert visiting Blenheim Palace realized that one of the building’s flower pots was actually…

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What Was ‘The Enlightenment’?

We hear about it all the time. It was a pivotal point in European history, paving the way for centuries of history afterward, but…

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Will the Real Ramses II Statue Please Stand Up?

“Last Tuesday they called me to announce the big discovery of a colossus of a king, most probably Ramses II, made out of quartzite,”…

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2,000 Year-Old “Bear Cult” Left a Surprise in Siberia

UST-POLUI, SIBERIA – Archaeologists investigating Siberia’s ancient “bear cult” at an ancient ceremonial site within the Arctic Circle have uncovered a surprise beneath the…

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How Lewis Carroll Became So Successful with his Alice Books

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, more commonly known by his pen name of Lewis Carroll. English writer, mathematician, Anglican deacon, logician, and photographer, Dodgson is best…

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Famed Author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Elisabeth Beecher Stowe is best known for 1852 novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin that showed how harsh life for African American slaves was. The…

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The Historical Cultivation of the Amazon Rainforest

According to botanical and archaeological record, the Amazon Rainforest as we know it today is a direct product of forest farmers and caretakers who…

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