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Historically Speaking: ‘Gray Ghost’ is What They Called Him

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By Tom Morrow One of Robert E. Lee’s most dependable commanders during the Civil War was John Singleton Mosby. Unless you’re a serious student of history, the name ...

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Historically Speaking: The Man Who Nearly Won the War Single Handedly

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By Tom Morrow He was a hero of World War II, but no one knew about him until years after the fighting stopped. He was the leading codebreaker ...

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Historically Speaking: The “Little Flower” of ‘The Big Apple’

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By Tom Morrow Fiorello Henry La Guardia, born Dec. 11, 1882, was an American politician who was a New York Republican Congressman, but was best known as the ...

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Historically Speaking: ‘Black Jack,’ the 6-Star General of the Armies

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By Tom Morrow World War II produced a handful of “five-star” flag officers, with “general of the army” or “fleet admiral” designations but preceding them was a lone ...

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Historically Speaking: Douglas MacArthur: An ‘American Caesar’

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By Tom Morrow He was one of the world’s greatest military leaders, yet among the most controversial: U.S. five-star Gen. Douglas MacArthur. This thumb-nail sketch is but an ...

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Historically Speaking: The Teapot Dome Scandal

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By Tom Morrow Most of us have heard of the “Teapot Dome” scandal, but what was it, where was it, and what did it involve? Teapot Dome was ...

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Historically Speaking: ‘Beau James’ – the ‘Gentleman’ Mayor of NYC

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By Tom Morrow James John Walker, born June 19, 1881, was known colloquially as “Beau James,” was mayor of New York City from 1926 to 1932. A flamboyant ...

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Historically Speaking: ‘The Kingfish’ — America’s Would-Be Dictator

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By Tom Morrow Huey Pierce Long Jr., born Aug. 30, 1893, was a socialist-leaning Democrat who nicknamed himself “The Kingfish” after a radio character (Amos ‘n’ Andy). He ...

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Historically Speaking: The Great Depression of the 1930s

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By Tom Morrow My parents lived through the Great Depression – a world-wide event that captivated the entire decade of the 1930s. My parents grew up in separate ...

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Historically Speaking: Mail-Order Houses by Sears, Roebuck

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By Tom Morrow If you grew up during the thirties and forties, chances are you lived in a mail-order house sold and delivered via rail from Sears, Roebuck ...

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Historically Speaking: America’s First Trailblazing Pioneer

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By Tom Morrow One of America’s first folk heroes was Daniel Boone, born, Nov. 2, 1734, the sixth of 11 children. The Daniel Boone Homestead was four miles ...

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Historically Speaking: The Man Who Toppled a King

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By Tom Morrow Anyone who has studied 1930s history, especially English history, knows that King Edward VIII abdicated his crown for “… the woman I love.” What wasn’t ...

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Historically Speaking: The Swamp Fox

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By Tom Morrow During the Revolutionary War, the British were perplexed and confused by a new style of combat: guerilla warfare. At the heart of what the British ...

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Historically Speaking: The Gentle Giant of American Industry

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American Federation of Labor founder Samuel Gompers once said: “If all business leaders and moguls treated their employees as well as George Westinghouse, there’d be no need for ...

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Historically Speaking: The Forgotten Man

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By Tom Morrow If you were asked who the third Vice President of the United States was, few would know it was Aaron Burr. Wait a minute — ...

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