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Why The Clara Barton National Historic Site Was 60 Years In The Making

It’s been 40 years since the Clara Barton National Historic Site was established in Glen Echo, Maryland, honoring the founder of the American Red Cross. But plans for a memorial began more than 100 years ago. What caused the delay?

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How Chicago's Slaughterhouse Spectacles Paved The Way For Big Meat

Opened in 1865, Chicago's Union Stock Yard was the greatest livestock market the world had seen. Tourists watched masses of animals move through kill floors, a sight hailed as a miracle of modernity.
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Death By Coconut: A Story Of Food Obsession Gone Too Far

August Engelhardt believed coconuts were a nutritional and spiritual panacea. So in 1902, he sailed to the South Pacific to start a utopian cult that survived only on the fruit. It ended calamitously.
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How A Condo Development Saved The Weird, Wonderful National Park Seminary

The names of Greek gods adorn the units in a Silver Spring condo building, built to resemble a Greek Gymnasium. Nearby properties painstakingly recreate a Japanese pagoda, a Dutch windmill and a Spanish mission. And all of them tell a historic-conservation success story that began in the late 1800s.

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Simon Mawer: "Tightrope"

The heroine of the World War II novel "Trapeze" returns in a new historical thriller about divided loyalties in postwar London. A former special operations officer searches for her identity as the Cold War reshuffles old alliances.

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'Triumph Of William McKinley' Speaks To The Ages, Karl Rove Says

Steve Inskeep talks to Republican strategist Karl Rove about his book of history that he believes sheds light on politics today: the 1896 presidential election of William McKinley.
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Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Center Honors First U.S. Soldier

Israel's holocaust memorial and research center honors a U.S. soldier for the first time for his role in protecting Jewish prisoners of war in a German camp in World War II.
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U.S. Soldier Honored Posthumously For Protecting Jewish POWs In 1945

When Germans at a Nazi camp demanded that Jewish POWs identify themselves, Roddie Edmonds — the highest-ranking American there — ordered every soldier to step forward. "We are all Jews," he said.
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The Music And Legacy Of Motown

Motown founder Berry Gordy and director Charles Randolph-Wright of “Motown the Musical" join Diane for a conversation about the history of Detroit's famous sound.

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Montgomery, Ala., Celebrates 60th Anniversary Of Bus Boycott

The 60th anniversary of the Montgomery bus boycott is Tuesday. The city remembers the day with a reenactment of Dec. 1, 1955 when Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give her bus seat to a white passenger.

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