History Matters

History Matters
July 16 to July 31, 2021

On July 17, 1975, a coterie of astronauts, and cosmonauts, rendezvoused in the stars. According to some, America and the Soviet Union had a “heavenly embrace” moment, for the first time since Apollo 18, and Soyuz 19 anchored in orbit. Their commanders, Aleksei Leonov and Thomas P. Stafford, greeted each other amiably, and dedicated two […]

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History Matters
July 1 to July 15, 2021

Even though America declared its independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress had—in the previous year—approved the Olive Branch Petition—a direct appeal to King George lll to forego his resentments towards the colonies. It was a tactical maneuver to discharge the King from his responsibilities, to “enjoy [a] long and prosperous […]

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History Matters
June 16 to June 30, 2021

NASA might have been conceived in 1958, but America’s astronaut corps did not accept women until twenty years later; in 1978, six out of 3,000 distaff applicants were finally chosen. Dr. Sally K. Ride was one of them; to the “suits” she had a positively perfect profile: a bachelors; a masters; and a doctorate–in physics–from […]

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History Matters
June 1 to June 15, 2021

On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation put an end to slavery in the United States, but it took time for the news to advance. The state of Texas, for example, did not know anything about it until two years later, when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston on June 19, 1865–after the War–and […]

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History Matters
May 16 to May 31, 2021

The Lincoln-Douglas debates pushed the possibility of a Lincoln presidency into inevitability. Positioned against Senator Stephen Douglas of Illinois in a sequence of debates during re-election year, Douglas insisted the legality of slavery should be determined by the states and territories. Lincoln argued for its abolition. Douglas kept his seat and Lincoln lost the argument, […]

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History Matters
May 1 to May 15, 2021

On May 5, 1961, Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. became the first American in space. It was just a 15-minute mission — memorable to the nation — but too late to outwit the competition. Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin astounded the world when he orbited the earth — once — in the Vistok 1. Shepard’s Freedom […]

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