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Chinese-American pride marks 150th anniversary of railroad

Salt Lake City - Thousands of people gathered Friday at the remote spot in the Utah desert where the final spikes of the Transcontinental Railroad were hammered 150 years ago, uniting a nation long separated by vast expanses of desert, mountains, and forests.

Op-Ed: Writer Martha Conway notes 'genre-bending' new novel Special

San Francisco - San Francisco-based author Martha Conway read from her historical novel "The Underground River" on June 20th at Bookshop West Portal. This reporter talked to her after the gathering.

Review: Harvard Law School professor tells real U.S. Constitution story Special

What is it about our U. S. Constitution that gets everyone so stirred up? It is among the most referred to documents in recent history. It is a secular document but it holds an almost religious sacredness to it.

Op-Ed: Debunking the Republican War on Women

There is no Republican “war on women.” There are many in America's GOP that clearly have some very serious, troubling issues with women, but that is a far cry from a party-wide war on women.

Op-Ed: 10 reasons to stop believing JFK conspiracy nonsense

There's an old joke about a conspiracy theorist who dies and comes face-to-face with the Almighty Himself. “All right,” the theorist thinks, “now I finally get to find out the truth!” So he asks God: “Who shot John F. Kennedy?”

This week in history: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated

April 4th of this year marks the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death. Dr. King Jr. was a civil rights leader credited for bringing attention to injustices against African-Americans.

Summer travel: The historic grand homes of Northern Virginia Special

The Washington, D.C. area is full of early American history. While the U.S. is a young country, its beginning history is still highly preserved in many locations.

Op-Ed: Northern Virginia ghost tours deep rooted in American history Special

Northern Virginia offers numerous ways to explore early American history. There are plenty of old homes, museums and other landmarks to tour across the several counties that make up the region of what is affectionately called "Nova".

Our Lady Celebrates Her 125th Birthday

New York - Lady Liberty, that iconic symbol of freedom known worldwide gracefully celebrates her 125th birthday Friday October 28, 2011 marked by a ceremony to rival her inauguration back in 1886.

Author discusses the uncivil side of America’s Civil War Special

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and Shirley Farris Jones, author of “The Un-Civil War in Middle Tennessee," says “there was nothing ‘civil’ about the four years of strife, hardship, and loss of life and limb that occurred".

Secret Message Found in Abraham Lincoln’s Gold Watch

The National Museum of American History has recently uncovered a secret message engraved in a gold watch belonging to Lincoln. The president never knew of the message, which marked the onset of the American Civil War.

OP/ED: God of Our Fathers

God of our fathers, known of old-- Lord of our far-flung battle line Beneath whose awful hand we hold Dominion over palm and pine-- Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet, Lest we forget - lest we forget!

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 Unfamiliar Fishes   by Sarah Vowell  published by Riverhead Books  a member of the Penguin Group  U...
"Unfamiliar Fishes," by Sarah Vowell, published by Riverhead Books, a member of the Penguin Group, USA inc. (2011)
Scholar and Lousiana State University professor  Nancy Isenberg s most recent book  White Trash. The...
Scholar and Lousiana State University professor, Nancy Isenberg's most recent book "White Trash. The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America," covers lots of ground. The author leaves few stones unturned in uncovering our nation's connections to a pre-colonial past that is steeped in class structure from England and other parts of Europe.
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Published in 2016   Blood At The Root  A Racial Cleansing of America  by Patrick Phillips is a detai...
Published in 2016, "Blood At The Root, A Racial Cleansing of America" by Patrick Phillips is a detailed look at the horrific account of a brutal attack on the African-American community of Forsyth, Georgia in the early part of the 20th Century.
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Michael J. Klarman is a Kirkland & Ellis endowed professor at Harvard Law School. His speciality is ...
Michael J. Klarman is a Kirkland & Ellis endowed professor at Harvard Law School. His speciality is history and has received accolades and awards for other books he has written about U.S. Law and American History.
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