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Reconciling class differences in divided nation

In 2017, a well-staffed army of commentators, observers, and pundits work hard to remind us that we are citizens of a divided nation, starkly at odds in our beliefs, assumptions, and opinions. When it comes to vexing each other, we have emerged as artists of endless creativity. And here, readers will be relieved to know,…

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Center of the West Buffalo Bill symposium Aug. 2-5

As a part of its year-long centennial celebration, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Buffalo Bill Museum is bringing international scholars and museum professionals to Cody, Wyoming, for a symposium Aug. 2-5. Session topics will consider William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s life and enterprises in the context of American western studies, including his place…

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It’s time to give this overused word a break

The word “inappropriate” is perishing from fatigue. Sometimes the word heads out into the world with the mission of calling our attention to very serious matters: for instance, the way that a significant percentage of our national leaders purposefully shun the customs of respectful disagreement. While no individual or party holds a monopoly on this,…

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10 Experts Pick U.S. Historic Places That Are Actually Worth Visiting

As the summer vacation season begins, TIME History asked prominent experts in American history to recommend a historic place to visit, and compiled their picks here. Unsurprisingly given the course of American history, the Civil War looms large on this list, but it is by no means the only moment that lives on in the…

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Four interlocking facts about what happened in 1972

With this column, I have created a historical “Lego” set, placing before us four facts about the year 1972 that we are now going to treat as pieces of a larger whole. 1. On May 2, 1972, the legendary director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, J. Edgar Hoover, died of a heart attack. 2….

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