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Books

Novelist Tom Fleming Takes Us Inside “The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers”

How do you write a book? That was the question that 24-year-old Thomas Fleming asked best-selling writer Fulton Oursler in 1951. “Write four pages a day,” Oursler said. “Every day except Sunday.”

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Diplomacy

President Lincoln's Cottage Director Erin Carlson Mast Shares the Diplomatic Genius of the 16th President

Just 3.5 miles from the White House, President Lincoln’s Cottage at The Soldiers’ Home stands as a landmark for visitors—as well as a spot to host parties, weddings, and attend events for kids that bring history to life.

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Education

Discover the Hidden Treasures of the New-York Historical Society

The doors of the Historical Society opened in 1804, when it was more of a club for the city’s elite. But in the 200 years since, it has been transformed into a thriving gallery, filled with more than 60,000 artifacts, that has been visited by people from around the world.

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Finance

Finance Rules from Alexander Hamilton

Learning about the life, career, and accomplishments of Alexander Hamilton is more than just a fascinating history lesson. The curators of his home, the Grange, are so knowledgeable that they provide a greater understanding of the founding of the country, and our financial system.

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Fine Art

Children's Book Author Roz Schanzer Turns History into Fine Art

If learning about American history never tickled your fancy, you haven’t read one of Rosalyn Schanzer’s illustrated picture books. Filled with facts and detailed artwork, they appeal to all ages.

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Food

Take a Taste of Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée

In this thoroughly captivating book by Thomas Craughwell, the culinary biography recounts Thomas Jefferson’s historic time spent in France.

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Leadership

Historian Márcia Balisciano Shares Leadership Lessons from Benjamin Franklin

What savvy governing agreements was Franklin working out while in London to benefit the United States? Who helped to preserve the c. 1730 residence? Which famous dignitaries have visited the museum in recent years? And what happened to Franklin’s famous home and shop in Philadelphia?

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Management

James and Dolley Madison Offer Five Strategies for Successful Management

Madison’s biggest contribution to history was the idea of expanding the sphere of republican government and allowing more people to participate in it. “Just look at an American public school classroom today,” insists Kat Imhoff, President of the Montpelier Foundation.

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Quotes

Revolutionary Ideas: Wisdom from the Founding Mothers

“While much has been written about the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, battled the British, and framed the Constitution, the wives, mothers, sisters and daughters they left behind have been little noticed by history,” says author Cokie Roberts.

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Inkandescent Radio

Look Back at the Future of Politics with American University Professor Richard Semiatin

Richard Semiatin, the Academic Director of American Politics at American University has spent decades studying politicians and elections.

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Inkandescent TV

Why Do Historians Consider President James Monroe the "Forrest Gump" of the Revolutionary Era?

“We joke that he’s like Forrest Gump, because he comes up everywhere. He was part of the American Revolution, the Continental Congress, and the Louisiana Purchase,” explains historian Cassandra Good.

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Wine

Who Planted the First Vineyards in America?

Pour yourself a lovely glass of vino and sit back and relax as you watch this episode of Grateful American™ TV, starring Gabriele Rausse, director of gardens and grounds at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

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