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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!
Pioneering Black Women: Stagecoach Mary
Picture this scene – a crowded saloon in Cascade, Montana circa 1885.  The saloon is filled with boisterous cowboys and rowdy miners.  Standing in the middle of the saloon is a Black woman over six feet tall – 6’2’’, to be exact. 
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​Classic Cookbooks That Define American Cuisine
When you think of classic American cookbooks, there’s a good chance that the ones you consider essential parts of the American cooking canon aren’t American at all. After all, American cuisine gets its flavor, shape, and spirit from other corners of the globe. From the peppered mangoes of the (very) early Austin food scene to the lobster rolls of New England, America’s culinary history is as rich and delicious as they come, all thanks to these classic culinary books.
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​History of Alcatraz: America’s Most Haunted Prison
Sometimes, it’s the place that dictates the story. To diehard spirit-seekers, Alcatraz ranks at the top of the list of the world’s most haunted prisons. From the coin-operated tower viewers at Fisherman’s Wharf to Ghirardelli Square, Alcatraz looks calm, inviting even. But when you get up-close and personal with the history of Alcatraz, a different story emerges.
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Celebrating the Timeless Values and Vision of Dr. Martin Luther King
When you think of Martin Luther King, what are the first things that spring to mind? If you’re like most, you think of someone who made the world a better place, not just for people of color but for all people. You picture someone whose very name is synonymous with concepts like courage, justice, and love. Of course, you think of that incredible “I Have a Dream” speech and everything that it stood for and still does stand for today.
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10 Amazing Harvest Festivals from Around the World
Now that fall’s finally here, we’re finally able to get excited about celebrating all that comes with it. We’re saying goodbye to the long dog days of summer and hello to cooler temperatures, crisp breezes, and beautiful fall foliage. We’re more than ready to celebrate the fantastic bounty that comes along with every new fall as well
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5 Top Thanksgiving Events in America
America has been celebrating Thanksgiving for a really long time – almost 400 years, to be exact. However, we’ve hardly been celebrating it the exact same way over all that time. The Pilgrims of Plymouth celebrated by putting aside differences with the indigenous people of the regions and partaking in the bounty of their first successful harvest together.
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5 Awesome College Football Traditions
Traditions are so much more than just rituals that have been handed down from person to person over time. They’re a big part of what makes a given event authentic and unique. Our traditions aren’t just part of who we are, but a big part of how we express our collective identities to other people as well. 
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Labor Day & The Chicago Haymarket Affair
Q: What do seven German and English anarchist immigrants, an anarchist Civil War veteran from Texas and his mixed-race wife/anarchist/“rabble-rouser” have in common with a U.S. President from the Democratic Party?
A: Labor Day
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