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Magna Carta Copy Offered As Incentive For U.S. To Get Into World War II

Monday is the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Ari Shapiro talks to Julian Harrison of the British Library in London about how Britain tried to use the document to get the U.S. into the war.
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Radio Shack's Answering Machine Messages Were Hip To The Times

Martin Schneider of the website "Dangerous Minds" reviews a series of pre-recorded outgoing messages made by Radio Shack in the 1980s when home answering machines first cropped up.
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As American As Iced Tea: A Brief, Sometimes Boozy History

At least as early as Colonial times, Americans were drinking iced tea, though early alcohol-laden recipes had more in common with the cocktail from Long Island than the stuff sold by Lipton.
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The Battles Of A Civil War Re-Enactress

Refused at first as a re-enactor, J.R. Hardman turned to historic, real-life pioneers for inspiration.
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Inside Baltimore's Washington Monument: Tiny Books, Prized Declarations

The chairman of the restoration committee for the monument talks about what historians found inside long-lost time capsules from 1815 and 1915.

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Chinese Basketballers Of Yesteryear

In the early 20th century, Chinese athletes in the U.S. sometimes found social liberation on the basketball courts.
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Slavery, Famine And The Politics of Pie: What Civil War Recipes Reveal

From recipes for apple pie without apples to advice on how to treat servants, the era's cookbooks hint at the turbulence outside the kitchen window. Indeed, food helped decide the war's outcome.

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Harlem Hellfighter And Jewish Soldier Get Long-Overdue Medals Of Honor

Historians say Sgts. Henry Johnson and William Shemin hadn't been properly recognized for their bravery under fire.
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How The YMCA Helped Shape America

Many of today's fitness trends can be traced back to the pioneering programs of the YMCA.
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Obama To Honor Harlem Hellfighter With Medal Of Honor

President Obama will award the Medal of Honor posthumously to Henry Johnson, an African-American soldier whose combat bravery occurred during World War I, but whose actions were ignored for decades.

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