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North Carolina woman still receives Civil War pension

More than 150 years after the end of the War Between the States, the US government continues to pay out pension money connected to the Civil War. 483 more words


Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics (Re: Why This Recovery Is So Lousy - WSJ)

“Truth,” it has been said, “is the first casualty of war.” – Philip Snowden[i]

A theme, long sustained within conservative economic circles, is that FDR’s…

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A Possible Origin Story

I’ve been taking a “staycation” this week, just hanging around the house, getting a few useful things done, and listening to my favorite NPR station. WBUR airs a lot of talk programming that I like to listen to while I do housework, and this week I’m hearing programs that are oddly relevant to me. 836 more words


August 14, 1935

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act into law. As part of the Second New Deal, the act guaranteed income for the unemployed and retirees. 166 more words

This Day In History: “I have a headache” sex-dodging excuse used for first time

On this day in 1837, American woman Jennifer Robertson, developed and used the “I have a headache” Sex-dodging excuse for the first time.

News of the resounding success of the excuse spread to all four corners in the world, and changed thus the status quo regarding marital sexual relations for the worse. 187 more words


The 1929 Wall Street Crash

The Denoument of Destitution

Many attribute the Wall Street crash to the prosperity that filled America’s pockets in the 1920’s, which ultimately lead to the devastation of the Great Depression. 1,329 more words

Always Take a Second Look

Presidents long viewed as below average… or failures tend to be associated with significant historical events.  Actions taken during these events can be overlooked due to hindsight; historians possess the benefit of knowing the paths actually traveled.  385 more words