The Hope Diamond (Image: Unknown/Public domain)
American History

The Curse of The Hope Diamond

March 12, 2017

There had been, over the years—even decades—numerous stories about how the Hope Diamond carried an ancient curse. Several commentators questioned the wisdom of accepting the diamond. If the Smithsonian was the national museum of the United States and it acquired the Hope Diamond, then the country would own it. Would the American people then be cursed? […]

Statue of Liberty
American History

Symbols of Freedom: The Statue of Liberty

February 14, 2017

The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of freedom, recognized around the world, and it heralded this wave of immigration that gave America a much more diverse face, though it didn’t start out that way, or with that purpose in mind. […]

Statue of Thomas Jefferson in the Jefferson Memorial
American History

The Inauguration of Thomas Jefferson

January 20, 2017

By Gary W. Gallagher, Ph.D., University of Virginia; Patrick N. Allitt, Ph.D., Emory University; Allen C. Guelzo, Ph.D., Gettysburg University There was no question in Thomas Jefferson’s mind but that his […]

Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mathew Ahmann in a crowd.
American History

Martin Luther King, Jr.— American Prophet

January 16, 2017

By Allen C. Guelzo, Ph.D., Gettysburg College Martin Luther King, Jr’s, success stemmed from formidable oratory skills sharpened at the pulpit coupled with an intellectual and theological prowess […]

(Image: Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)
American History

Remember the Alamo

January 8, 2017

By Allen C. Guelzo,PhD, Gettysburg College As Americans swarmed into the territories of the Louisiana Purchase, they triggered a major conflict with Mexico over American […]

Al Capone in Miami, Florida (Image: By Miami Police Department - http://getcapone.com/gallery.html/Public Domain)
American History

Al Capone: Lord of The Chicago Underworld

January 4, 2017

Throughout American history, the names of certain criminals have taken on romantic associations. Al Capone is a case in point. Capone, who was born in 1899 and lived until 1947, became the leading organized crime figure in Chicago during the 1920s, when the unpopular Prohibition Amendment to the Constitution tempted thousands of citizens to cooperate with criminals to procure alcohol. […]

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