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History United States World War One

Final Design Approved for National World War I Memorial In Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts approved the design for the new National World War I Memorial on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., in September. The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission has been working on the project since 2014.  That year, Congress authorized “appropriate sculptural and other commemorative elements, including landscaping, to further honor the service of […]

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5 Things I Learned While Writing A Tale of Two Nations

If you’ve been studying a subject for as long as I have, you might not think there is anything left to discover or surprise. I’ve been studying World War I and how it changed the lives of ordinary people since I was a teenager. When I embarked on writing A Tale of Two Nations, my […]

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The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

In the early morning of April 18, 1906, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked San Francisco. Within minutes it became one of the most devastating natural disasters of the 20th century, coming just a few years after the Galveston Hurricane. The quake had been preceded for decades by smaller earthquakes, foreshadowing what was to come.  At […]

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Canadian-American Relations in the 1910s

Today Canada and the United States are loyal Allies. A century ago, however, there was no love lost between the nations. The reasons are long and complex, but we will touch upon two aspects of Canadian-American relations in the 1910s. Identity Early 20th century Canada was a nation stuck between two powers. It was tied […]

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Devil in the White City

I was excited to see that Erik Larson’s book Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America is in development to be made into a motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Larson’s book reads like a novel but is, in reality, a nonfiction piece. Every event that occurs in the […]

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How the Other Half Lives

Once upon a time in America, a large number of people lived in abject poverty, out of sight and out of mind. Photojournalist Jacob Riis’s 1890 book How the Other Half Lives: Studies among the Tenements of New York revealed this hidden community to the affluent and middle class. His book was an expose on tenement living, […]

History United States World War One

Americans Who Served in WW1 Prior to April 1917

The United States joined World War One on April 6, 1917, and Americans fought their first major engagement in the Battle of Belleau Wood in June 1918. The American Expeditionary Force was forced to learn how to fight in a world where warfare had become more aggressive, mechanized and deadly since the U.S. Army’s last engagement, […]

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Bow to the Power of Mother Nature: Galveston Hurricane of 1900

On Sept. 8, 1900, a hurricane ripped through Galveston, then Texas’s largest city, and became one of the deadliest natural disasters in U.S. history. The city was known for its importance to the shipping industry and for being a vacation spot for the wealthy.  It also was technologically forward, introducing telephones and electricity before many […]

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