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After 6,000 Years, Time For A Renovation At Iraq's Citadel

The Citadel at the heart of the Kurdish city of Erbil has been inhabited for six millennia. Now, amid war and destruction, it's undergoing a much-needed restoration and upgrade of city services.
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How Black Abolitionists Changed A Nation

Hundreds of outspoken African-Americans moved America toward emancipation.
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In Hollywood, MLK Delivered A Lesser-Known Speech That Resonates Today

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. visited Los Angeles and spoke to a standing room-only crowd at Temple Israel. The synagogue honors his legacy by replaying the speech once a year.
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Even Pickaxes Couldn't Stop The Nation's First Oil Pipeline

The debate over Keystone XL is nothing compared to the battle over the nation's first commercial oil pipeline. It transformed how energy was transported forever — but not without sabotage and threats.
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The Courage And Ingenuity Of Freedom-Seeking Slaves In America

Did daring stories of fugitive slaves perhaps move the national political needle toward abolition?
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Victorian Romance Meets 'House Of Cards' In 'Mr. And Mrs. Disraeli'

Daisy Hay's new book is a joint biography of 19th century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and his wife, Mary Anne, whose fortune and status as a gentile helped boost her husband's career.
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Advanced Placement History Test Accused Of Being Unpatriotic

An Oklahoma legislative panel is reviewing the latest Advanced Placement U.S. History course and could cut funding for it in the state's schools. Lawmakers complain the course focuses on the negative.
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University Of Virginia's Iconic Rotunda To Get $50M Facelift

A library built by Thomas Jefferson is getting a badly-needed makeover, as part of an effort that University of Virginia president Teresa Sullivan says will keep the building as "an important link to the past."

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Korean Tailors Try To Keep The Lunar New Year Hanbok Ritual Alive

A new year's tradition of wearing a new, custom-tailored outfit to celebrate the Lunar New Year is fading in Korean culture.
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Back Before Children Looked Childish

Through the lens of Depression-era filmmaker H. Lee Waters, we can see the past — when being young was not always fun.

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