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George W. Bush (1946–) was the forty-third president of the United States. Bush’s two-term presidency was marked by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the subsequent American wars in the Middle East. The oldest son of former President George H. W. Bush, George W. served in the Texas Air National Guard and worked in the Texas oil industry before entering politics. He was elected as the Republican governor of Texas in 1994 and won reelection in 1998. In 2000, he ran for the presidency against Democratic nominee Al Gore...
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Harlem is a New York City neighborhood in upper Manhattan. After World War I, the neighborhood grew into a center of African American art, literature, and culture, a movement known as the “Harlem Renaissance.”
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New Netherland was the region between the South River (now the Delaware) and the North River (now the Hudson) controlled and colonized by the Dutch. Sailing for the Dutch East India Company, Henry Hudson first explored the region in 1609 while searching for a passage to Asia. New Netherland, which included New Amsterdam (the present-day island of Manhattan), was lost to the English in the Second Anglo-Dutch War in 1664.
Americans everywhere felt the terrible effects of the Great Depression, but in the cities, millions of people living in close quarters were thrown out of work and into even deeper poverty than they had known before the economy's collapse. These photographs, which appear in this issue of History Now courtesy of the Lower East Side Tenement...
Richard Brookhiser, senior editor at National Review, discusses his book, Alexander Hamilton, American. Brookhiser recounts Alexander Hamilton's great successes and tragic failures as Revolutionary, bovernment-shaper, financial genius, and American visionary. He explores Hamilton's impoverished upringing in the Caribbean and describes how Hamilton went on to give birth to American capitalism by developing the country's financial system.
Carol Berkin, Presidential Professor of History at Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate Center, contrasts the popular memory of the Revolutionary War with its more complicated realities. She argues that although many of us were taught in school that American support for the Revolution was passionate and unified, it would be better for students to learn that America has always been diverse and that colonists had their own strong political divisions.
Author Harold Holzer discusses his book, Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President.
In 1807, Aaron Burr was tried and acquitted on charges of treason for his "adventures" in the American West, but he had fallen out of favor in American life long before, after he had run for president against Thomas Jefferson, served a single term as vice president, and shot and killed Alexander Hamilton in an 1804 duel. A free spender, a womanizer, and the only Founding Father who was actually descended from the English aristocracy, Burr was famously secretive and conspiratorial. In this lecture, historian Gordon S. Wood, Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Brown University, argues that Burr's true treason was not his actions in the West but his naked ambition and his lack of principles and character that made him a threat to the young republic.