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Thaddeus Stevens was a fearsome reformer, who never backed down from a fight.
Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, and the conflict between publication and privacy.
Journeying through South America, Alexander von Humboldt sought nothing less than "the unity of nature."
Before conjuring Dracula, Bram Stoker poured his soul out to America's poet.
Students from around the globe show their mettle at National History Day.
The Civil War divided Americans into two kinds of people.
How a feathered serpent god presided over a forgotten golden age of Mexican art.
The U.S. Capitol, as we know it today, would never have existed without Jefferson Davis.
George Washington was not born a leader but he carefully made himself into one.
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