Is the distinct dialect of Appalachia really “older than Shakespeare,” as linguists once claimed? Well, yes and no. No matter how isolated the…
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The freedom of worship has been at the foundation of American society from the moment the first English colonists arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in…
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Family history researchers know that they are always sifting through a mix of facts and, perhaps, fiction when they dig into the family archives…
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The oldest human stories contain tales of secret identities, hidden pregnancies, and illicit affairs. Babies have always been born in and out of…
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It’s a common story in many American families, the one about how the family surname changed from Hanstein to Hanson, or Fuchs to Fox. “It was changed at…
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Reckless soldiers, pork plants, citizen riots: there are a lot of ways a municipal courthouse can be destroyed, and over the years Cincinnati’s Hamilton…
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The influence of German-speaking immigrants to the United States is so widespread it’s almost hard to see. The nineteenth century was the era of…
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In April, 1881, Billy the Kid was convicted of the murder of Sheriff William J. Brady in Mesilla, New Mexico. He escaped from jail but a few months…
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“I not only do not intend to set about another book too soon, but, thank God, never intend to write another one if I keep my sanity,” wrote Margaret…
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Washington State became a United States territory in 1853 and was admitted as a state in 1889. During those decades the Pacfic Northwest endured…
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Much of upstate New York is still rural, but the majority of cities and towns there have one thing in common: they are located within 25 miles of the…
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1931 was a difficult year for the United States. Two years after the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the country was experiencing a crushing economic…
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