Nov
17
2009
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Did Thanksgiving really start with the Pilgrims in 1621?

Celebrating a Lego Thanksgiving. Floodllama photo. CC-BY.Thanksgiving is a popular tradition and official holiday in the United States, where it is popularly believed that the observance comes from a spontaneous 1621 celebration in which Pilgrims and the indigenous Indians celebrated a successful harvest together in a way much like Americans do today. In fact, thanksgivings were celebrated in what later become [&hel[more...]

Nov
02
2009
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What is there to do and see in Nauvoo, Illinois?

Joseph Smith's Red Brick Storecustomessaywritingservicess Most of the people who visit Nauvoo, Ill., are there to see historical sites relating to the settlement from 1839 to 1846 led by American religious pioneer Joseph Smith Jr. Although most visitors are from the two largest churches that trace their origins to Smith — the Salt Lake City-based Church of Jesus Christ [&hel[more...]

Oct
25
2009
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What sites are there to see in Independence, Missouri, related to Harry S. Truman?

The Truman Home in Independence, Mo. title=treatment for hives Independence, Missouri, is the city where U.S. President Harry S. Truman grew up, and the town is proud of that aspect of its history. Among the Truman related sites to visit are: The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, has numerous exhibits related to Truman's life. It also hosts community events such [&hel[more...]

Oct
25
2009
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What religious sites are there to see in Independence, Missouri?

The Community of Christ temple rises about 300 feet above Independence, Missouri. This photo is from inside its sanctuary, looking upward. The inset is of its exterior. Mvguy photos. CC-BY.For those interested in American frontier religious history, the Kansas City, Missouri, suburb of Independence City is well worth a visit. One of the first things visitors to Independence are likely to notice is the 90-meter-tall (300 feet) Community of Christ temple, as it is by far the tallest structure in the city. The temple [&hel[more...]

Jun
15
2009
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Who was the worst president of the United States?

This photo was taken at a 2006 protest in Chicago. Wrestlingentropy photo. CC-BY.Ask a dozen historians who was the worst U.S. president and you’ll probably get a half-dozen answers. They include the incompetent and the corrupt — but they also include many whose policy directions had consequences that continued to have an influence decades later. In any case, several presidents turn up on many historians’ lists. These [&hel[more...]

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May
21
2009
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What is there to do and see at Pompeys Pillar National Monument?

The signature of explorer William Clark is the main attraction of Pompeys Pillar National Monument. Mvguy photo. CC-BY.Pompeys Pillar National Monument, about 28 miles northeast of Billings, Montana, displays the only physical evidence that was left along the route of the Lewis and Clark Expedition early in the 19th century. Explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led the first overland expedition from what is now the eastern United States to the Pacific [&hel[more...]

May
04
2009
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When and where was Barack Obama born?

The birth certificate provided by the Barack Obama campaign in 2008. PD.Months after Barack H. Obama became president of the United States, Internet rumors continue to circulate that Obama is not a natural-born citizen of the United States and is therefore ineligible to hold his office. But the evidence is incontrovertible, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Obama was born at 7:24 p.m. on [&hel[more...]

Apr
16
2009
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What was the Burned-Over District of New York state?

This old home is at Lily Dale, a Spiritualist community in western New York. ~Sage~ photo. CC-BY.Historians interested in innovative social organizations and offbeat religious movements would have difficulty finding places more interesting than western and central New York state in the first half of the 19th century. The great Protestant evangelist Charles Finney called it the “burnt district” because it was so hard to find converts there after years of [&hel[more...]

Mar
14
2009
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Who was president of the United States for the shortest period of time?

This statue of President william Henry Harrison is in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Brent and MariLynn photo. CC-BY.William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States, was inaugurated on March 4, 1841, after winning election as a war hero and the Whig Party nominee. Three weeks later he came down with a bad cold, which turned into pneumonia that doctors at the time could do little about. He died on April [&hel[more...]

Feb
09
2009
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Who was Aimee Semple McPherson?

Aimee Semple McPherson and her Angelus TempleAimee Semple McPherson was one of the earliest prominent female pastors in the United States and the founder of a Christian denomination that today claims more than 5 million members in more than 50,000 churches throughout the world. She was also the subject of a scandal that failed to dampen the enthusiasm of her many [&hel[more...]

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