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Beneath the Surface

Dolley Madison was one of America’s early first ladies who knew how to make an appearance. She loved fashion and wore the beautiful, embroidered gowns of her time with pride. Pearls graced her neck at the many White House parties she hosted, and she almost always wore a decorative turban ...

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Only Passing Through

Many Americans are the descendants of immigrants who sojourned to this country from lands around the world.  With the swooshing of long skirts, the clopping of men’s boots, and the giggles of wide-eyed children, they boarded waiting ships or loaded into wagons, carrying their trunks and suitcases filled with treasured ...

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One Wrong Turn

Swing bridges span waterways, allowing train or automobile traffic to cross from one side to the other. With a turn of 90 degrees, a boat safely passes through the waters below while traffic above is stopped. But one wrong turn can be disastrous. In 1875, the construction of a wooden ...

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Cherry-Picking Truth

There once was a young boy named George with a shiny new hatchet that would soon bring him trouble. It happened when he decided to try his little hatchet on a young cherry tree belonging to his father. When the man found his little tree lying on the ground and ...

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When the Bill Comes Due

In 1940, a new house could be yours for around $4,000.  A shiny new automobile could be driven off the lot for about $850, filled with gasoline costing 11 cents per gallon.   For the  man with a wedding or other important social event on his calendar, a well-tailored new suit ...

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