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Ed Brooke Takes the Oath of Office

On Jan. 10, 1967, Ed Brooke was sworn in as the junior senator from Massachusetts, the first African-American to win popular election to the upper chamber of Congress. Brooke was then the commonwealth’s attorney general, famous for his coordination of ...

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The Legend of the Baldwin Apple

So revered is the Baldwin apple that Massachusetts has not one but two monuments to the bright red winter fruit. For many years, the Baldwin apple was the most popular fruit in New England and New York. A small hard ...

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Was Fannie Farmer a Good Cook?


When Fannie Farmer approached Little, Brown & Co., to publish her cookbook in 1896, the company made her pay for printing the first 3,000 copies.  They didn't think the cookbook would sell. Little, Brown’s decision made Fannie Farmer rich, since ...

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