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Lincoln, Equality, and the Declaration of Independence

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I’ve recently completed two books on the American past, both of which, albeit for different reasons, argue for the enduring importance of the Declaration of Independence for our nation’s political ...
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If you are wondering why I'm excited to have historian John McKee Barr on tonight's It Matters Radio, read a bit of his thinking here.

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What Really Killed William Henry Harrison?

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The accepted wisdom is that the shortest-serving president developed pneumonia after delivering a long Inaugural Address in cold weather. But that might not be true.
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I share this for two reasons: 1) Historical curiosity; I love a good historical story. 2) My sense of humor; the evidence that before it was today's fetid quagmire, Washington was a fetid quagmire of a different sort.

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First indigenous map of its kind; U.S. map displays “Our own names and locations”

First indigenous map of its kind; U.S. map displays “Our own names and locations” | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
By Monica Brown, Tulalip News Aaron Carapella, a Cherokee Indian, has taken it upon himself to create a map that shows the Tribal nations of the U.S. prior to European contact. The map is of the co...
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Modern Americans tend to forget that there were thriving cultures throughout not only what is now the U.S. but also the entire hemisphere before Europeans came with their guns and diseases.

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For Presidents Day, Three Presidents Who Could Have Shined

For Presidents Day, Three Presidents Who Could Have Shined | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A Presidents’ Day toast to three commanders in chief whose time ran out too soon.
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Great piece for us history buffs.

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Sharla Shults's curator insight, February 18, 2013 12:38 PM

Most important is making sure our youth know the facts behind President's Day!

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During Cold War, CIA used ‘Doctor Zhivago’ as a tool to undermine Soviet Union

During Cold War, CIA used ‘Doctor Zhivago’ as a tool to undermine Soviet Union | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The spy agency labored long and hard to bring the novel’s humanistic message to the Russian people.
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In today's money driven world, it is easy to forget how important literature can be. We should celebrate and encourage the arts because they not only enrich our lives but help to remind us the purpose for our existence, and (IMHO) that isn't just to accumulate wealth.

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The Most Honored Photograph

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Doesn’t look like much, does it? But, depending upon your definition, this photograph, a team effort by 9 men, is the most honored picture in U. S. History
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If you are a history buff, this is a must read.

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Sharla Shults's curator insight, November 10, 2013 2:09 PM

Anyone interested in history will LOVE this article. If you are not a history buff, read it anyway and expand your knowledge base.

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Inside the Paris apartment untouched for 70 years: Treasure trove finally revealed after owner locked up and fled at outbreak of WWII

Inside the Paris apartment untouched for 70 years: Treasure trove finally revealed after owner locked up and fled at outbreak of WWII | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Laying untouched for seven decades the abandoned home was discovered three years ago after its owner died aged 91.
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Love history? Here it is in stunning, if dusty, glory -- the Paris that was before the Second World War. A treasure of artifacts and perhaps memories.

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Sharla Shults's curator insight, May 14, 2013 7:34 PM

Talk about stepping back in time...this is it literally! Totally phenomenal!