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  • Garrett A. Morgan: Successful Inventor of Safety Hood/Traffic Signal

    Table of Contents Garrett Morgan Early LifeStarted His First BusinessSuccess as an InventorSelling the Safety HoodTragedy Brought about More SalesMorgan was CalledHonors FollowedAutomatic Traffic SignalHair StraightenerMorgan Enters Newspaper BusinessKept Working Until the End Garrett A. Morgan was a prolific...

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  • President Taft’s Cow

    When President Taft took office, Mrs. Taft insisted they buy a cow to be kept at the White House. She knew that Washington, D.C. did not have dairies nearby. Her husband was well-known for his appetite, and their youngest...

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  • What Was the U.S. Bracero Program?

    Table of Contents Both Countries Needed ItIn the United StatesFarm Workers NeededCreation of the Bracero ProgramGuest Workers ArriveEmployers Held the PowerFarm Workers Brought ValueWhat Happened to the Program?Remembering the BracerosAfter the ProgramNotable SuccessThe Need Continues The Bracero Program was...

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  • Bill Mauldin: WWII Cartoonist Won 2 Pulitzer Prizes

    Table of Contents William Mauldin’s BackgroundCommunication on Military BasesMauldin’s SubjectsThe Characters Willie and JoeFrom Real LifeReaction of OfficersImportant to the MenAfter the WarWord That He was IllVeterans Paid RespectsFuneral at ArlingtonHonors Bill Mauldin was a young artist in World...

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  • Louisa May Alcott’s Home: Orchard House

    Table of Contents Orchard House PreservedThe Alcotts and the HouseConcord was a HubLouisa May Alcott at Orchard HouseLouisa and FameNo Diminishing InterestBefore the AlcottsRevere’s RideVisitors Today Little Women is destined to be one of the big holiday movies of...

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  • Creator of Tarzan: Edgar Rice Burroughs

    Edgar Rice Burroughs did not start writing until he was 36, but he eventually became one of the most successful authors of the 20th century. His Tarzan books sold 25 million copies worldwide, and the series spun off into...

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  • Gideon Sundback’s Invention of the Zipper

    Table of Contents Zippers Started as “Separable Fasteners”Elias Howe TriedOn Display 1893 ExpositionSundback’s BackgroundEarly CustomersWar ShortagesSalesSundback Honors Gideon Sundback is credited with inventing the first zipper, but he was not the first to patent the device.  Sundback, however, created...

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  • Cranberries and Thanksgiving: The Origin

    Cranberries are one of only a handful of commercially-farmed fruits that are native to North America. But the sweet relish we enjoy at Thanksgiving is quite a bit different from the original tart fruit eaten by Native Americans.

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  • Johnny Appleseed Debunked

    The Johnny Appleseed story we usually hear is a folk legend. However, his story is based on the life of John Chapman, a man who traveled through Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana planting apple seeds.

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  • Marcelino Serna: Highly Honored Soldier in World War I

    Table of Contents Serna Early LifeDraftees Sent to Kansas for TrainingSerna Offered OptionBattles to ComeMarcelino Serna: A Hero AgainLuck Gives OutHonorsAfter the WarRobber Takes Serna MedalsHis RetirementThe Wish to Add to His Honors Marcelino Serna was still a Mexican...

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  • Ida Rosenthal: Pioneered Bra Industry with Maidenform

    Ida Rosenthal emigrated from Russia in the early 1900s and supported her family as a dressmaker. As she responded to the marketplace, she and a partner soon crafted dresses with built-in bras—freeing women from corsets. Because the dress designs...

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  • Yukon King, Dog Star of “Sgt. Preston of the Yukon”

    Table of Contents Show’s OriginBack Story for KingRadio CastSgt. Preston of the Yukon: Television ShowTraining KingAllen Trained by Carl SpitzTraining KingWorking in AshcroftNews from the Gossip  MagazinesTelevision Promotion Has Big ImpactA Little More on AllenAllen’s Real NameHome for King...

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  • Jim the Wonder Dog: Was He Psychic?

    Jim the Wonder Dog caused quite a sensation in Missouri in the 1930s. He was a Llewellyn setter and was a very impressive bird dog, known for the number of birds he could spot and retrieve. But that wasn’t...

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  • Phineas Banning, Father of the L.A. Harbor

    Phineas Banning is known as the “Father of the Los Angeles Harbor.” He deserves that title and more. He arrived in the San Pedro/Los Angeles area with nothing in 1851. He found that his calling in addressing the transportation...

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  • Helen Keller’s Dogs

    Table of Contents Helen Keller’s ChildhoodAnne Sullivan ArrivesThe BreakthroughFamily DogsTeaching ContinuesDog at RadcliffeLife ContinuesPeople and Dogs in Her LifeFirst To Bring Akita to U.S.New Akita Arrives“If I Could Choose but Two Items…”And More About SieglindeTeaching the Dog to Talk“Mama”The...

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The Indy 500: Early Start in Racing

The Indianapolis 500 started in 1911. That's only three years after Henry Ford introduced the Model T (1908). The cars in these races were early,... continue »

Eighty Years to Right a Wrong

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