June 24, 2001 |
The 188-year-old flag that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner" is so fragile, conservators at the Smithsonian Institution have discovered, that the irreplaceable artifact can never be hung again. "To balance the safety of this American artifact with the people's desire to view the flag, we are looking at displaying it at no more than a 30-degree angle," said Spencer Crew, director of the National Museum of American History.
June 22, 2001 |
"For me," Joseph J. Ellis told a reporter in November, "the teaching side of my life and the writing side of my life are part of the same collective whole." If true, that could be a problem now for Ellis, a popular professor at Mount Holyoke College who won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in history for his book "Founding Brothers" but was found this week to have made false claims to his students about serving in Vietnam. Ellis' deception has prompted a lively public and private debate among academics.
June 11, 2001 |
An exhibition commemorating the bicentennial of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's transcontinental journey will bring together almost all existing artifacts from that voyage for the first time since the explorers returned in 1806. "The artifacts are extremely scattered," said Carolyn Gilman, project director of the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis, who came up with the idea for the exhibition.
June 4, 2001 |
It is but the farm of a patriot, a small sign reads. But the estate on a hillside here is so much more: the summer White House of the nation's second president; a monument to the skills and sensibility of a wife who kept the place afloat while her husband worked abroad; a repository of 78,000 artifacts and letters--all original to four generations of John Adams' family. "This wonderful house," historian David McCullough said during a visit last week.
May 29, 2001 |
Fifteen-year-old Kacey Tanabe has never been to Japan and her family barely speaks Japanese. Still, she feels as though she's been blamed for World War II. "This kid told me Japanese people are stupid because we started the war," said Tanabe, who goes to school in Montebello. "How do I have control of it? I can't do anything about it. It's not my fault."
May 28, 2001 |
In the end, the U.S. military got the movie it wanted from "Pearl Harbor"--and unlike the infamous attack, that should come as no surprise. In exchange for substantial help from the military--including the right to film at Pearl Harbor and other military installations on Hawaii--director Michael Bay and producer Jerry Bruckheimer provided the Pentagon with an early script.
May 28, 2001 |
Sen. Jim Jeffords now walks in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln. He does so not by leading his nation through crises, but by leaving his longtime political party. Jeffords' bold move to leave the Republicans and become an Independent made national and international headlines because it marked the first time a party change shifted the balance of power in the U.S. Congress.
April 28, 2001 |
Archeologists said Friday they have discovered a Union medallion inside the Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley, which went down off the South Carolina coast during the Civil War after becoming the first submarine to sink an enemy ship in battle. The medallion, made either of copper or bronze, bore the name of a Connecticut soldier who had enlisted with the Union army in a volunteer unit. He was killed in July 1863 during an assault on Ft.
April 26, 2001 |
When teacher Benee Hobson introduces the Vietnam War to his students at Luther Burbank High School, reactions are radically mixed. Most of the students have little concept of the war, he said, seeing it as "part of the ancient past." Many others are children of Vietnamese refugees--some of whom fled their homeland when Saigon fell in 1975. "It's a little tricky teaching it," Hobson said, "because there are so many different perspectives on that war."
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April 19, 2001
Scientists studying the recovered Confederate submarine H.S. Hunley have now found the remains of eight crewmen, leaving only the vessel's captain, Lt. George Dixon, unaccounted for. All of the crewmen were found at their battle stations ready to crank the sub's propeller shaft, indicating that the craft probably sank very quickly, though researchers don't yet know why. Dixon would have been in the rear of the sub, an area that has not yet been excavated.