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David Farragut: One of the Youngest Midshipman in American Naval History

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David Farragut was one of the most well-known Naval Commanders of the Civil War, but his intriguing life-story began at a surprisingly early age.

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Martha Ballard: American History Through a Woman’s Perspective

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During the late 1700s, Martha Ballard was a midwife living in Maine. In life, she was not famous or well known, but her personal diary made her an important part of history, because it revealed the obscured viewpoint of early American women. Ballard’s diary entries covered topics, including textile production, dissections, courtship and marriage, money, the Scarlet Fever epidemic, premarital pregnancy, and the horrific Purrinton Murders.

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Ricketts’ Circus: George Washington and Americas First Circus, 1793

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John B. Ricketts

Obviously, nearly every American knows who George Washington was, and the role he played in American history. However, did you know that the battle hardened General and astute President loved the circus?

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Sister Maria Celeste Galilei

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Sister Maria Celeste Galilei

On this day, February 13th, exactly 381 years ago, Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome to face the Inquisition for his radical theories which contradicted the Bible. Nearly every lover of history and/or science has heard of the famous astronomer and physicist, but have you heard of his daughter?

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Congressman Joshua R. Giddings: The Measure of a Man

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Joshua R. Giddings

On December 3nd, 1838, Joshua Reed Giddings, a lawyer and an abolitionist from Ohio’s 16th congressional district was sworn in as a member of the United States House of Representatives. That day, he met his future mentor and former President, John Quincy Adams. In his diary, Giddings goes into great detail about his first encounter with Adams. He states that Adams was…

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