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October 21, 1797 Old Ironsides

When the United States won its independence from Britain in 1783, the young nation soon learned that freedom was not without disadvantages. One being that America had lost its protector at sea. 820 more words

Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Selected Poems of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., was a member of the New England Fireside Poets who lived from August 29, 1809 to October 7, 1894.  He was a physician, polymath and author and as previously stated, a poet.   231 more words

Thought For The Day

USS Constitution "Old Ironsides" Earns Respect for the Nation

Today in History, August 18: 1812 – During the War of 1812, the USS Constitution defeats the Royal Navy Frigate Guerriere off Boston. It had been assumed that the Royal Navy had better ships, better commanders, better tactics than the young American Navy. 162 more words