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Robert La Follette – Wisconsin Republican Progressive!!

Robert La Follette - "Fighting Bob" - Wisconsin Governor, Senator and Presidential Candidate (June 14, 1855 – June 18, 1925) Among those born on June 14th is  another unsung American heroes the Republican/Progressive,from Wisconsin Senator Robert La Follette. Yes, while it is hard to believe considering today's Wisconsin, under the governorship of Scott Walker. Wisconsin was once a very progressive state!  Well there is one really big black sheep Joseph McCarthy (at least in my opinion). In my lifetime, notable Senators from Wisconsin include: Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day, William Proxmire creator of the Golden Fleece Award. Most the most recent...

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Battle of Cold Harbor – June 3, 1864

June 3, 1864 -Battle of Cold Harbor and My 2nd Great Grandfather's Regiment was in the thick of the battle! On June 3, 1864 one of the most lopsided battles of the American Civil War was fought near the Cold Harbor Tavern close to Mechanicsville, Virginia. The battle actually was fought from June 1 to June 12th. But on June 3rd  the Union forces under the command of Ulysses Grant met the Confederate forces of Robert E Lee fought in one of the bloodiest and most lopsided days of the war. Over 7.000 Union troops were killed or wounded in a hopeless...

Books

The Presidents’ War – Chris DeRose

The Presidents' War: Six American Presidents and the Civil War That Divided Them       Chris DeRose (Book 18 of 2015)   Through the years,I have read many books about the Civil War. Most of those books center around the battles and the Generals. Until I saw the book The Presidents' War I never thought or knew about the former Presidents who were alive during the conflict. As a matter of fact, the book's author Chris DeRose writes in the Acknowledgments of the book ....I had never known of the former presidents who lived to see the Civil War...

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Oct. 29, 1923 Turkey becomes a Republic, plus a connection to the Cuban Missile Crisis!

On October 29 in 1923, Turkey officially became a republic, after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. From Wikipedia: Following WWI, the huge conglomeration of territories and peoples that formerly comprised the Ottoman Empire was divided into several new states. The Turkish War of Independence (1919–1922), initiated by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and his colleagues in Anatolia, resulted in the establishment of the modern Republic of Turkey in 1923...... ....By 18 September 1922, the occupying armies were expelled, and the Ankara-based Turkish regime, which declared itself the legitimate government of the country in April 1920, started to formalize the legal transition from...

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This Day in History – May 17, 1954 – Brown v Board of Education bans school segregation…..

Today marks that 60th anniversary of the landmark unanimous decision by the Warren Court in the case Brown v. Board of Education, which established that segregated schools were unconstitutional. From Wikipedia.... Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954), was a landmark United States Supreme Court case in which the Court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students to be unconstitutional. The decision overturned the Plessy v. Ferguson decision of 1896, which allowed state-sponsored segregation, insofar as it applied to public education. Handed down on May 17, 1954, the Warren Court's unanimous (9–0) decision stated that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal." As a result, de jure racial segregation was...

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Book 5 of 2014 – Theodore Roosevelt and the Assassin – Gerard Helferich

              Ok so which of these men do you recognize?? I know that I would probably have a hard time identifying any of them. Each of these four men disrupted American politics between the years 1865 to 1912. Three were successful in their assassination attempts and assassinated an US President, while the fourth made an unsuccessful attempt to kill a candidate for President. They are clockwise from 3 o'clock - Charles_J_Guiteau assassin of President James Garfield, John Wilkes Booth - President Lincoln, Leon  Czolgosz assassin of President William McKinley and finally the subject of Book...