Category Archives: US History

Kennedy Remembered

I have no memory of this day fifty years ago. My parents were both Roosevelt Democrats so it seems likely they both voted for and supported the president in the 1960 elections. But I don’t recall anything of their reaction to … Continue reading

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Continental Dollar: Mind Your Business

  As the Continental Congress was emboldened to declare independence, it also made plans to issue its own money. Ben Franklin provided the design–including that cheeky motto. And some rich folk contributed silver, brass, and pewter for some pattern strikes. … Continue reading

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A Bit of Americana

Before you buy that slice of apple pie today, reflect a moment before you hand over that $2 bill.

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A Good Day To Be An American

  Ian O’Neill at Universe Today describes a bit of the Google satellite that produced this image.

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Injuring a Good Cause

My wife was watching PBS earlier tonight, Ken Burns’ profile of Thomas Jefferson. A good quote for many things today, though I didn’t catch the context in which the third president said it: A good cause is often injured more … Continue reading

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Fifty and Done?

Will we Americans get a fifty-first state, do you think? We’ve already gone the longest period in US history without adding a new one. Anita picked up a map reproduction several months ago and it was only recently that I … Continue reading

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Fifty Still Nifty Almost Fifty Years Later

Most everybody probably missed it. I know I did. When we Americans woke up on the morning of 11 July this summer, our nation had gone the longest period in its history without adding a new state. The time between … Continue reading

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