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The False Hope of Corn Stalk Rum during the American Revolution

By Jordan Smith

What do you do when the most crucial resource for your business suddenly becomes unavailable? Over one hundred rum distillers operating in colonial North America confronted this very problem as the American Revolution began to unfold in the mid-1770s. 1,150 more words

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The United States Constitution: A graphic adaptation by Hennessey (2008)

Hennessey, J. (2008). The United States Constitution: A graphic adaptation. New York, NY: Hill and Wang. ISBN: 9780809094707.

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Mid-Maryland Magnified: Frederick and the Heated 1860 Election

At first I hesitated to write this post. The more I explored this topic, the more parallels between the past and our current situation became uncomfortably clear, perhaps enough to discourage discussion. 1,361 more words


How did illegal abortions spur the push for medical licensing in the 19th Century?

In late August 1872 in New York City, a young pregnant woman named Alice Augusta Bowlsby read an advertisement in the newspaper for a Dr. Ascher. 214 more words

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History Weekend: Thanksgiving, part 1 - Introduction

Sorry, this post is a week overdue: My draft failed to publish for some reason.

The last Thursday of this month is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. 543 more words

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American Civil War Biographies Top Ten Booklist

On April 9, 1865, Robert E. Lee surrender his Army of Northern Virginia to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, effectively ending the American Civil War. 138 more words

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What Was the Role of Hood's Texas Brigade at the Battle of Gaines's Mill?

It is estimated that 56,000 Texans served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, yet the approximately 4,000 men, organized into thirty-two companies that formed the Texas Brigade, were the only Texans who fought in both theaters of operation. 170 more words

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