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"Born On A Mountaintop:" The Legend Of Davy Crockett

As legend has it, he was born on a mountaintop in Tennessee, killed a bear when he was only 3 and then fought to his death protecting the Alamo. Since Davy Crockett joined Congress in 1826, his outsized, near mythical persona has rarely matched reality. We explore how legend transformed the "King of the Wild Frontier" into a pop culture icon, from the plays and folklore of his time to Disney’s “Crockett craze” in the 1950s and beyond.

Images Of The Legendary Davy Crockett

Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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Reprinted from "Born On A Mountaintop" by Bob Thompson. Copyright © March 2013. Published by Crown, a division of Random House, Inc.


The Forgotten Actor Who Battled Hollywood's Whiteness In The 1950s

Remember P. Jay Sidney? Probably not, but Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker unearthed the story of this actor and advocate's push to diversify the TV world 50 years ago.

Cascara 'Tea': A Tasty Infusion Made From Coffee Waste

Hot or cold, in a soda, hot toddy or beer — people are finding all sorts of ways to imbibe cascara. It's a caffeinated, tea-like drink with a fruity flavor made from dried coffee cherries.
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U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes On How Money Influences Politics, Locally And Nationally

One of Maryland's federal lawmakers is behind some new ideas about campaign finance reform that have stalled in Congress, but are being taken up by local legislatures, including D.C.

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Computer Guys And Gal

Computer Guys and Gal sort out all the latest technology news from the last month.

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