A Fearful Thing: America Enters the First World War

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A Fearful Thing: America Enters the First World War

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A century ago, the United States entered the first of the twentieth century's global conflicts, with permanent results. By Steve King.
The Sinister Hand

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The Sinister Hand

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Seventy years ago this week, President Truman signed an executive order that ushered in the modern "security state." By Steve King
Something Intricate and Fierce

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Something Intricate and Fierce

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This week in 1932, John Updike was born in the Pennsylvania town he would later use as the backdrop of his most memorable fiction.
Feminism’s Turning Point

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Feminism’s Turning Point

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This week in 1963, Betty Friedan's groundbreaking book "pulled the trigger on history."
The Pluto Platter and the Power of Play

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The Pluto Platter and the Power of Play

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Sixty years ago, the first flying saucer crossed American skies -- and changed the face of play....
Utopian Tomorrow or Yesterday’s Dream?

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Utopian Tomorrow or Yesterday’s Dream?

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The United Nations Security Council turns 70. Is its mission a thing of the past?
Tuning In, En Masse

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Tuning In, En Masse

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Fifty years ago this week, San Francisco's Golden Gate Park became home to a countercultural gathering called "The Human Be-In."
The Promise of Possibility

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The Promise of Possibility

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On January 2, 1892, Annie Moore became the first person to be processed through Ellis Island. By Steve King.
The Myth of the Mad Monk

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The Myth of the Mad Monk

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Did Grigori Rasputin foretell his own assassination a century ago?
Island Kings

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Island Kings

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Five years ago, Kim Jong-un took over control of the North Korean government, after the death of his father Kim Jong-il. Much has changed in the isolate country, but much remains the same.
Just Like the Ones We Used to Know

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Just Like the Ones We Used to Know

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Irving Berlin thought it would be a holiday one-off for a vaudeville revue -- but "White Christmas" turned into an anthem of longing for a troubled nation.
The Killing State

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The Killing State

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The first modern state to abolish capital punishment, the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, did so on November 30, 1786.