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Religious Liberalism Flowered in Poland but Driven into Exile

Krakow--Cracovia--in the late 16th Century during the rule of Magnate John Saieninius. On November 17, 1599 the Polish magnate John Saieninius, the ruler of Krakow, after listening carefully to a deba

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Mr. Jefferson’s Temple

The Jefferson Memorial at dawn. When Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial on November 15, 1939 it was just plain good politics.  He was planning to run for re-election

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Mapping the Frontier in the American Mind—Frederick Jackson Turner

A romantic allagory of opening the frontier.  Federick Jackson Turner preferred hard data. Imagine a time when a historian, of all obscure scribblers, was so famous school children knew his name by he

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A Whale of a Tale—Blowing up Blubber

Early in November 1970, a 45-foot long, 8 ton sperm whale beached itself near Florence on the central Oregon Coast.   This turned out to be fatal for the unfortunate whale which, which, based on its s

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Armistice Day 1918—The Long Winding Road to an American Holiday

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that finally ended the meat grinder horror of the Great War which ushered in the era of industrial scale warfare.   The aftershocks of the carnage ar

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