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  • Life During Wartime
  • Life During Wartime

    Although landlocked, Spokane was a major port during World War II.
      Although landlocked, Spokane was a major port during World War II.
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  • High Water Marks
  • High Water Marks

    How the Inland Northwest was shaped by Earth's greatest floods.
  • Political Animalism
  • Political Animalism

    How politics of the past make modern mud-slinging look downright demure.
      the presidential campaign grinding onward, it’s common to hear pundits and politicians slip into hyperbole about the state of political discourse today. Shaking their heads gravely, they complain that it’s never been as partisan, as divisive, as unethical or extreme.
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  • Scribe of the G-Men
  • Scribe of the G-Men

    A historian for the FBI weighs in on J. Edgar Hoover, Clint Eastwood and Silence of the Lambs
      John Fox, Jr. has an intriguing gig. As the official historian for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he navigates the multiple perceptions of the storied and infamous Federal Bureau of Investigation..
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  • Still Beating
  • Still Beating

    Tragedy in Montreal, poverty in North Idaho mines — tracing the 125-year history of Sacred Heart.
      Born in 1800, Emilie was already filled with empathy at age 3, when she saw a beggar and sobbed until her mother allowed her to give the man her little-girl possessions. Her own family was beset by Job-like tragedy: Her mother died when she was 4; nine of her siblings died at an early age; and when she was 14, her father died.
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  • Indelible Day
  • Indelible Day

    A Fourth of July dispatch from the nation's capitol.
      NATIONAL MALL, WASHINGTON, D.C. — Over in the Smithsonian’s American History Museum, you can see the original Star-Spangled Banner. They keep it under low light in a tightly controlled environment. Way back, they used to haul it out and fly it on the Fourth of July.
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  • The Fourth Day
  • The Fourth Day

    What if the Confederacy had won the Battle of Gettysburg?
      It´s one of the great what-ifs of the Civil War, which started 150 years ago: What if the Confederacy had won the Battle of Gettysburg? Answer: They probably would have won the war. But what makes the exercise particularly compelling this week is the fact that the Union surrender could have happened on the Fourth of July.
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  • The Borgias
  • The Borgias

    You need a primer on Catholic history to keep up with this drama about Pope Alexander VI.
      The year is 1492. The holiest man in Christendom is a lecher, a scoundrel, a nepotist, a simonist, and an accomplice to murder. Several murders. Half a dozen, by my count, in his first few days as pope. I may have missed a couple, though. I dozed off for a minute.
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  • Three Companions, One Vision
  • Three Companions, One Vision

    To honor local Jesuit history and announce the school's 125th anniversary, Gonzaga Prep tapped one of its own alums.
      You might say Vincent DeFelice is on a mission, except he himself admits his path toward creating some of the area’s most notable religious sculpture wasn’t exactly pre-ordained. Still, DeFelice is quietly making a name for himself with pieces like Gonzaga University’s Father De Smet,.
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  • Empire-Building
  • Empire-Building

    How a desperate journey to Rome in 1885 created Gonzaga, G Prep and the Spokane we know today.
      Against his better judgment, Cataldo was in Fiesole, Italy — far from the many, many obligations pressing for his time back in the fledgling settlement of Spokane.
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  • Omnibus
  • Omnibus

    From Jim Crow to Public Enemy, a mobile museum paints a full picture of Malcolm X.
      He began to study these people. On a trip through Tennessee in 1991, this curiosity with history collided with the present day. At a gas station, next to the register, el-Hakim found a little figurine for sale. It was a black child, squatting over a chamber pot, clutching a slice of watermelon.
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  • Don't Forget JFK
  • Don't Forget JFK

    Kennedy helped young people navigate the 1960s. Obama is missing the boat.
      This past month we commemorated the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration — a time of great hope and anticipation. During the first years of the 1960s, young people throughout the country responded to JFK’s clarion call: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
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  • Spirit of '76
  • Spirit of '76

    Happy 2nd of July. (Yeah, you read that right.)
      Washington chose Brooklyn for battle; he was routed, losing 4,000 men — many of whom wound up on the Redcoats’ deadly prison ships. Only a provident fog allowed Washington to evacuate his remaining 9,000 men back across the East River. Think about that for a second: Without fog on the morning of Oct.
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