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The New England Opium Crisis of 1805

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New England’s role in the opium trade in the early 1800s is a little-noted phenomenon. New England opium trade produced considerable wealth for America. As it was never seen as a wholesome pursuit, however, those who prospered from the opium ...

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Was Jackie Kennedy the 1st Black First Lady?

When First Lady Jackie Kennedy visited England in 1961, society photographer Cecil Beaton met her at a dinner party. In his journal he commented she had a ‘Negroid’ appearance. Beaton detected what some claim is Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis’s African ...

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The Mysterious Death of Tobias Lear

Tobias Lear meticulously recorded the details of George Washington’s death, but was strangely silent about the events leading to his own. As Washington’s personal secretary and confidante, Lear scrupulously chronicled the events of his own remarkable life, and yet he ...

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