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Amid fanfare over the many new and renovated libraries around the District, debate continues over what to do with the historic Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, designed by modern master Mies van der Rohe.

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Op-Ed: Emancipation Proclamation A 'Huge' Risk

In The New York Times, history professor Richard Striner disagrees that too much emphasis has been placed on the Emancipation Proclamation. Rather, he argues, "the truth is that Lincoln's proclamation was ... a huge gamble by a leader who sought to be — and who became — America's great liberator."
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'New Deal' Town Turns 75, Utopian Ideals Long Gone

Roosevelt, N.J., born in the economic tumult of the 1930s, was designed to be a utopia: Bauhaus-style ranch homes built around the communal industry and agriculture. It was one of 99 cities the federal government built. On the town's 75th birthday, the results of that experiment are mixed.
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Harlem Hosts First Strokes Of Emancipation

The Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, issued 100 days before the formal document, is on display starting this weekend in Harlem. In its simplest form, the manuscript represents freedom from slavery, but President Abraham Lincoln was also trying to strike a delicate balance.
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Colorado's Chimney Rock Gets National Designation

The Obama administration has named Chimney Rock, in Colorado as a new national monument. The ancient people who lived there were a little bit like modern Americans — they had an elite class and a 99 percent just like us.
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The Many Legacies Of The Battle Of Antietam

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The Battle of Antietam ended 150 years ago this week, and while much of the focus is on how it led to the Emancipation Proclamation, its impacts on the development of battlefield medicine are still felt today.

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Civil War Buff Takes On McClellan's Critics

Gen. George McClellan's Union forces narrowly won the battle of Antietam, but he has long been blamed by historians and politicians for botching an opportunity to destroy Gen. Robert E. Lee's army and bring an early end to the Civil War. Cartographer Gene Thorp argues his critics have it wrong.

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