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A Story Of Ancient Power In 'The Rise of Rome'

In the new book, The Rise of Rome, author Anthony Everitt tracks Rome's ascension from a small market town to the greatest empire in the ancient world. Along the way, he traces the rise of some of the ancient world's most powerful players.
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How America's Losing The War On Poverty

Close to 16 percent of Americans now live at or below the poverty line. On top of that, 100 million of us — 1 out of 3 Americans — manage to survive on a household income barely twice that amount. How is this poverty crisis happening?
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The Thomas Eagleton Affair Haunts Candidates Today

In 1972, Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern chose the young senator as his running mate. Just 18 days later, Eagleton was forced to drop out. The incident forever changed the way presidential candidates pick their No. 2s.
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General Lee's 'Special Order 191' On Display In Maryland

History buffs can get a glimpse of an 1862 document that some say changed the course of the American Civil War in Frederick County, Md. starting this week. 

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Canning History: When Propaganda Encouraged Patriotic Preserves

For many, modern home canning is more of a hobby than a food source. But during the world wars, canned foods were more than just sustenance; they were a symbol pf American patriotism and solidarity.
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Rediscovered Headstones Hold Clues To Calif. Quake

California's Gilliam Cemetery appears to have more occupants as of late, but it's not only because new bodies have been buried there. Instead, old headstones that were claimed by the earth a century ago have been resurrected.
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Ever-Growing Past Confounds History Teachers

Colorado State professor Jonathan Rees teaches U.S. history and, like many teachers, every few years responds to major events by adding them to his lectures. But that means other important events get left behind. As time marches forward, how do history teachers make room for the recent past?
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Fun — And Olympic Games — On National Cheesecake Day

Some food holidays are pure marketing, but at least this one has a bit of Olympic history behind it. Some of the first Olympians were said to have dined on cheesecakes, although they sound a bit different from cheesecakes today.
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Virginia To Honor State's First Black Politicians

The first African Americans from Virginia to hold political office will be honored in the State Capital.

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