Alvita Akiboh

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“Who is James K. Polk?” jeered Whig presidential candidate Henry Clay in 1844 when the Democratic nomination went to the relatively-unknown Tennessean.  Former President Martin Van Buren (1837-1841) had been considered the front-runner going into the Democratic National Convention, but Polk, a former Speaker of the House and Governor of Tennessee, emerged as the “dark… MORE

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Last November, with all the hubbub surrounding the presidential election, you may have missed a historic moment for the little Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. For the first time, the majority of Puerto Ricans voted to become a U.S. State. This vote, although problematic in some ways (see Ben Fox’s article “Puerto Rico vote endorses… MORE

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It’s a story we all think we know. Following World War II, the baby boomer generation was born. After living through the stifling conformity of the 1950s, American teenagers rebelled. It all started with Elvis, then the British Invasion and the hysteria known as “Beatlemania.” Teenagers got wrapped up in that no-good rock ’n’ roll… MORE

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Some people’s lives make for good stories. In the 1870’s, the notorious “Boss” Tweed stood trial for corruption in New York City. In 1898, Teddy Roosevelt led the Rough Riders in the Battle of San Juan Hill—a decisive battle of the Spanish-American War. Admiral Dewey famously landed in Manila Bay, bringing total victory to the… MORE

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