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At Arcadia, we believe you can never get enough history. That’s why we have this online blog, where we share unique American history stories, author features, and even some previews of our newest books. Join the community of history buffs here at Arcadia Publishing, and explore even more of American history today!
5 State Hospitals and their Stories
At their core, state hospitals across the United States shared the same goals and challenges: to treat America’s mentally ill. The majority of these hospitals came to an end when their funding dwindled and smaller institutions became preferable for patients. These are five state hospitals and their stories.
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5 Infamous Presidential Assassinations and Attempts
While only four sitting American presidents have been assassinated while in office, there have been at least 17 attempts to murder a president in the country’s history. These are five presidents who succumbed to or survived assassinations.
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5 Major Battles of the War of 1812
It’s undeniable that the War of 1812 marked a shift in American history. The war is notable not only because it changed America’s place in the global marketplace, but because a young America fought the country with the greatest naval power in the world. Here, we’ve collected five of the most pivotal battles from the War of 1812. 
 
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Author Spotlight: T.S. Eliot
T.S. Eliot was just a college student when he began contributing to the literary canon. In honor of one of the country’s finest writers, here’s a look into the life and legacy of T.S. Eliot. 
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The Constitution: The Fight for Ratification
The path to the ratification of the United States’ Constitution was a tiresome and twisted route, taking nearly three years to finalize and pass. This is the story of the fight for the ratification of the Constitution. 
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5 Early American Pilots Who Made History
When the Orville brothers conducted the first successful test flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, very few could have predicted how important aviators would become to American culture. Here, we’re delving into the history of just five of America’s greatest aviators.
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How One Man Shaped America: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal
The country was three years into the Depression when President Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected into office in 1933. He immediately set to introducing sweeping changes, establishing programs to create jobs and boost financial security as part of his New Deal. This is how President Roosevelt and the New Deal faced the Great Depression and emerged triumphant. 
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Reconstruction in America: Rebuilding the Union After the Civil War
The American Civil War (1861-1865) marked some of the most divisive and devastating years in the country’s history. Afterwards, the country entered what modern historians call Reconstruction. Looking back, Reconstruction is seen as a transformative, but challenging era in American history. This is everything you need to know about post-Civil War Reconstruction in America.
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5 Famous Faces of Television You Should Know
America’s first television sets began appearing in homes in 1938. Since its inception, the faces that appeared on televisions nationwide have risen to new levels of fame. Here, we’re diving into some of the most famous people in American television history. 
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Developing the Atomic Bomb: A Look Inside the Country’s Most Devastating Weapon
In August, 1945, the war in Europe was finally drawing to a close. Now, American forces were focusing their attention on the battle in the Pacific Ocean. After years of bloodshed, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave permission to American scientists to begin the Manhattan Project. Here, we’re looking back at the pivotal moments, key players, and the public’s response to the development of the atomic bombs.
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