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New Nation, New Cuisine: The First Cookbook To Tackle 'American Food'

The first American cookbook, published in 1796, promised local food and a kind of socioculinary equality. But generations later, foodies are still puzzling over how to define "American food."
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July 2, 1776: A Look Back At The Lee Resolution

Founding father John Adams wrote: The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. We explain why he was off by a couple of days.
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The Annual Reading Of The Declaration Of Independence

Morning Edition celebrates July 4th with the reading of the Declaration of Independence.
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Royals All Star Voting Echoes Last Time MLB Fans Stuffed The Ballot Box

Eight Royals could start in the All Star game July 14. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Chris Eckes, curator of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, about the last time this happened.
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Rejection Of Flag Exposes Larger Truths About The Confederacy

As many Americans reject the Confederate flag as a symbol not appropriate for public display, NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Professor James W. Loewen about Southern secession and the Civil War.
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Yes, There Really Is A Town In Liberia Called 'Smell No Taste'

It's the place where a teenager died of Ebola this week. And, like all unusual geographic names, there's a story behind it.
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How Gordonsville, Virginia, Became The 'Fried Chicken Capital of the World'

After the Civil War, a group of black women in Gordonsville, Va. supported themselves by peddling fried chicken to train passengers passing through their town.
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Kathleen DuVal: "Independence Lost"

The little-known history of how groups of slaves, native American Indians and Cajun settlers helped change the outcome of the American Revolutionary War.

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Endangered Port Royal, Virginia, Fights To Keep Itself From History's Dustbin

In colonial times, Port Royal, Va. was a thriving port town. Now, it's fighting for its very survival.
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Charleston's Black Leaders Want To See Justice As Much As Forgiveness

After the South Carolina church killings, victims' families offered the accused shooter forgiveness. While Charleston's leaders have followed suit, some say the compassionate response is premature.

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