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Frances Perkins’ Life of Service

Frances Perkins was the first woman to serve in a presidential cabinet when she became the longest-serving Secretary of Labor in 1933. Her career changed the lives of every working American.

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160th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

2023 marks the 160th anniversary of the most famous battle of the American Civil War: the Battle of Gettysburg. Fought over three days across Pennsylvania farmland, Gettysburg was the war’s turning point and its bloodiest battle.

Health and Medicine

The Sad, Drunken Saga of the 18th Century Gin Craze

England had such a serious drinking problem in the 1700s that today this fifty-year period is known as the Gin Craze. In this post, we explore this manufactured crisis and how a nation sobered up.

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A New Deal on Banking Reform

Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse had shades of 2008 and the Great Depression. In the first 100 days of Roosevelt’s presidency, major legislation was passed to restore confidence in banks and create today’s banking world.

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Love Canal

Love Canal is one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history, turning a middle-class neighborhood into a chemical ghost town.