Author: Jessica Barnett

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The Seventh

The complicated story of "Tokyo Rose," the seventh person convicted and sentenced for treason in the United States....

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The Bequest

Who is John Smithson? And what does he have to do with preserving history?...

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She Did It Her Way

Suffragist and Temperance Movement leader Amanda Way predated many better-known figures of both movements...

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Manumission Before Emancipation

Robert Carter III did something the Founding Fathers never did - he manumitted his enslaved people almost 100 years before the Emancipation Proclamation....

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Legal Legerdemain

While Houdini was a magician by trade, he had several other interests such as film and aviation. He was also an innovator, seeking to improve existing items with an escapist...

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Counsel on Trial

On April 18, 1857, Clarence Darrow was born in Kinsman, Ohio.  The name is likely familiar, as Darrow was one of the most famous lawyers of his day.  In his...

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A Reluctant First

In the early 1800s, as settlers from the newly-formed United States set forth into the lands west of the original colonies, their plans of manifest destiny were delayed by the...

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