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Hunley Conservation Turns Up More Clues
New updates from ongoing conversation efforts on the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, the first submarine to sink an enemy vessel in battle in 1864.  This article tells what's being found in the crew compartment.

Seven-Eighths White and Still Can’t Get a Seat 

In 1896, the dark history of racial segregation continued when the Supreme Court handed down the decision in the Plessy v. Ferguson case.  The concept of “separate but equal” facilities (such as train cars) for whites and non-whites would continue until 1954, when it was overturned by the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case.  Here’s a neat website for the foundation started by the descendants of those in the case.

Choose Your Husband Carefully
King Henry VIII’s second wife was put to death for being guilty of a variety of charges, but underneath it all was Henry’s desperation for a male heir.  Here are some interesting articles on the method of her departure and a  narrative of that day at the Tower.

Lindbergh Gets His Check
It’s always fun to look at original news coverage, including here the newspaper coverage of Lindberg getting his prize for his solo crossing the Atlantic non-stop in 1927.  While you’re at it, have a look at the fun Mary Pickford article underneath.

The Carnage at Spotsylvania Court House Ceases
In May 1864 General Grant and General Lee faced off at a quiet county seat in central Virginia. Here’s a great animation of the whole Overland Campaign (of which Spotsylvania C.H. was a part).  The only annoying part is the sound effects.

Project Common Office Supply Item?
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure you better beat your national rivals, be they friends or enemies, when the game is acquiring talented human resources, especially if they are rocket scientists who worked for Hitler.   Here’s an article on Project Paperclip, which I’d never heard of before.


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