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History MattersJuly 1 to July 15, 2020

In a swipe against Jim Crow, the Supreme Court ruled in 1954’s Brown v. Board of Education that segregation in American schools was illegal. Eight years later, President Lyndon Johnson ratified the Civil Rights Act—landmark legislation that was powered—in part–by Dr. Martin Luther King, and his philosophy of passionate, passive, and peaceful resistance. For more information about those…

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History MattersJuly 1 to July 15, 2020

In a swipe against Jim Crow, the Supreme Court ruled in 1954’s Brown v. Board of Education that segregation in American schools was illegal. Eight years later, President Lyndon Johnson ratified the Civil Rights Act—landmark legislation that was powered—in part–by Dr. Martin Luther King, and his philosophy of passionate, passive, and peaceful resistance. For more information about those…

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NASA Names Headquarters After Its First Black Female Engineer, Mary Jackson

By Allyson Waller for The New York Times NASA announced on Wednesday that it would name its Washington, D.C., headquarters after Mary Jackson, the organization’s first black female engineer and a pivotal player in helping U.S. astronauts reach space. Jim Bridenstine, the administrator of NASA, said the agency would continue to honor those whose histories have long been overlooked. “Today…

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NASA Names Headquarters After Its First Black Female Engineer, Mary Jackson

By Allyson Waller for The New York Times NASA announced on Wednesday that it would name its Washington, D.C., headquarters after Mary Jackson, the organization’s first black female engineer and a pivotal player in helping U.S. astronauts reach space. Jim Bridenstine, the administrator of NASA, said the agency would continue to honor those whose histories have long been overlooked. “Today…

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History MattersJune 16 to June 30, 2020

What could be a bigger treat than a summertime, roller coaster ride? That fistful of fun debuted June 16, 1884 on Coney Island–home of the amusement park—and some say– the hot dog, too. Twenty-first century entertainment festivals boast of blood-curdling, high-speed rides that challenge the imagination, and one’s facility to hold down food. But, when it was decided to update Coney…

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A Patriotic Pick: June 2020“Breaking Rockefeller” by Peter B. Doran

 

Whether it’s via their tone, topic, or tenor, certain works just say “America.” Here is one such title, suggested by Grateful American Book Prize judge Doreen Cole, former assistant to the dean of the Honors College at Indiana University.

Breaking Rockefeller: The Incredible Story of the Ambitious Rivals Who Toppled an Oil Empire by Peter B. Doran. A riveting account of how two bold entrepreneurs worked together to break Standard Oil’s monopoly of — and stranglehold on — a vital American industry.

Patriotic Picks is a monthly feature in partnership with the Washington Independent Review of Books.

A Patriotic Pick: June 2020“Breaking Rockefeller” by Peter B. Doran

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A Patriotic Pick: June 2020“Breaking Rockefeller” by Peter B. Doran

Whether it’s via their tone, topic, or tenor, certain works just say “America.” Here is one such title, suggested by Grateful American Book Prize judge Doreen Cole, former assistant to the dean of the Honors College at Indiana University. Breaking Rockefeller: The Incredible Story of the Ambitious Rivals Who Toppled an Oil Empire by Peter B. Doran. A riveting account of how two bold entrepreneurs…

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Book of the Week: MURDER IN THE LINCOLN BEDROOM by Elliott Roosevelt

While the Executive Mansion is a flutter with preparations for a classified conference to be attended by General Eisenhower and Winston Churchill, a body is discovered. Sleuth Eleanor Roosevelt knows she must solve the case before news of the crime makes its way to the press.

Book of the Week: MURDER IN THE LINCOLN BEDROOM by Elliott Roosevelt

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Book of the Week: MURDER IN THE LINCOLN BEDROOM by Elliott Roosevelt

While the Executive Mansion is a flutter with preparations for a classified conference to be attended by General Eisenhower and Winston Churchill, a body is discovered. Sleuth Eleanor Roosevelt knows she must solve the case before news of the crime makes its way to the press.

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Book of the Week: 1492: A NOVEL OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS by Newton Froelich

Maneuvering, machinations, and manipulation in the time of Ferdinand, Isabella, and their Inquisition.

Book of the Week: 1492: A NOVEL OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS by Newton Froelich