Posts tagged: American history

Photo from 'General Grant and the Jews'

General Grant and the Jews

On 17 December 1862, General Ulysses S. Grant issued Order No. 11, expelling all Jews from his military district —  parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi.

Photo from 'When Vice President Was King'

When Vice President Was King

 William Rufus de Vane King, that is. He took the oath of office on foreign soil, and died 25 days later, on 18 April 1853.

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Dorie Miller Biography: New!

 One of the first American war heroes of World War II was an African-American named Doris Miller. Heard of him?

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The White House Inserts Obama Into Bios

The White House has added Obama-flavored icing to several of the official biographies of former presidents. Doesn’t that make you furious?

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Black History Month: W.E.B. Du Bois

 Meet prolific writer and editor William Edward Burghardt Du Bois. He had a topsy-turvey relationship with the NAACP, he was tried for being a foreign agent and he died in Africa.

Sarah Palin and Paul Revere

Dear Fritz:
Just a thought — should we change our biography of Paul Revere to reflect this never-before-revealed story told by presidential hopeful Sarah Palin?
According to Sarah Palin, Paul Revere rang some bells to warn the British not to take his arms (which he would need to ring the bells, I guess). Something like that. She goes on to say some other stuff that sounds a little too philosophical and intellectual for my tastes, but since it’s not specifically about Paul Revere I think we can ignore it.

Photo from 'The Day John Wilkes Booth Was Killed'

The Day John Wilkes Booth Was Killed

On this day in 1865 the man who murdered President Abraham Lincoln was cornered by the Union Cavalry and shot to death.John Wilkes Booth had eluded the long arm of the law for 12 days, but on April 26th he was found in a barn (shed) on the Garrett Farm in Virginia.