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The Controversial Founding Father Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine is perhaps best remembered for his influential pamphlets written at the start of the American Revolution, Common Sense (1776) especially. He was…

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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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Pyramid Tomb Unearthed in China Baffles Experts

ZHENGZHOU, HENAN PROVINCE, CHINA – Archaeologists working just west of the Yellow River discovered a mysterious find: a tomb that experts are calling the…

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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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What Happened to Ancient Egypt?

We hear a lot about Ancient Egypt. The world has been pretty much obsessed with it since Howard Carter and his team first discovered…

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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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