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The Women's Club of Owensmouth third annual yearbook, 1917-1918.

The woman's club movement was a social movement in the 19th and early 20th centuries in the United States. The first wave during the Progressive era was started by white, middle-class women, and a later phase was led by African-American women. While most began as social or literary clubs, they eventually began working towards social reform...

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Cropped image, Cover of We Must Save the Republic," by Illinois Congressman Stephen A. Day, 1941.

"America First" is a phrase that's been uttered with increased frequency over the past year. Under the current presidential administration, the phrase is used to describe a group of policies focused on American interests and American national security, with an emphasis on defeating terror groups, strengthening the US military, building diplomatic relationships, and....

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"How to Treat Your Face" by Susanna Cocroft

Today you might take a class online and correspond with a teacher and fellow students through an online learning management system like Canvas. Before the Internet, there were a number of ways that students connected with education, including printed correspondence courses sent through the mail. Correspondence courses served as an early form of distance education, and allowed for the flow of ideas and cultural norms...

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Jesse James’ Race for Life or Trailed by the Vigilantes. PS3545.A718 J48 1908

Jesse James is one of the most infamous American outlaws of the nineteenth century Wild West. Beginning in 1866 and based in Missouri, James and his James-Younger Gang robbed and murdered dozens of people in Missouri, Kentucky, Iowa, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, and West Virginia. After being killed by Robert Ford in 1882, James’s fame grew among the American public. In 1907, The Arthur Westbrook Company...

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