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Stewart D. Mclaurin 

Stewart D. Mclaurin 

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Did July 4th always have fireworks? A history of Independence Day.

This Fourth of July week will feature the picnics, parades and fireworks that Americans love. But with just two years left until the 250th anniversary...

04.07.2024 10

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Stewart D. Mclaurin 

How summertime retreat became a backdrop for peace, US diplomacy

Summertime for many Americans means escaping to sleep under starry skies at a favorite lake or summer camp. For chief executives since Franklin...

25.06.2024 20

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How many presidents served? A look at White House military history.

As we pause this Memorial Day to honor the men and women in uniform we have lost, it’s timely to note how central the armed forces have been to the...

24.05.2024 20

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Japan's prime minister should expect excellence at White House dinner

This evening, President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden will be joined in the White House’s East Room by more than two hundred government dignitaries,...

10.04.2024 10

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Not just first ladies: How women changed the White House

"In the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make,” Abigail Adams wrote in 1776 to her husband − future President...

27.03.2024 90

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Black achievement is foundational to America – and White House history

Black History Month is a perfect time to reflect on the lasting contributions that so many Black Americans, famous and anonymous, have made to White...

27.02.2024 10

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How alcohol's hold on America and White House outlasted Prohibition

105 years ago Tuesday the Constitution’s 18th Amendment was ratified, making Prohibition the law of the land. Alcohol’s role in our society has...

16.01.2024 20

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What does it take to decorate the White House for Christmas? This.

You think your holiday season is hectic? For the hardworking staff that serves the president and his family, holidays at the White House mean long...

22.12.2023 20

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