President John F. Kennedy born

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Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia

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Literature of the Civil War

Read and discuss some of the great American writers and their work in the mid-19th century. This feature explores the themes of slavery, the role of women, and the experience of war.

Robert E. Lee surrenders to Ulysses Grant at Appomattox

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Women, War, and Peace

Women, War & Peace is a five-part PBS television series challenging the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain. The vast majority of today’s conflicts are not fought by nation states and their armies, but rather by informal entities: gangs and warlords using small arms and improvised weapons. The series reveals how the post-Cold War proliferation of small arms has changed the landscape of war, with women becoming primary targets and suffering unprecedented casualties.

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National Women's History Museum

In Clandestine Spies in American History, meet the dedicated “shadow warriors” who went undercover to preserve our national security.

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American Experience: "Triangle Fire"

PBS's American Experience series highlights the deadliest workplace accident in New York City’s history. A dropped match on the 8th floor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory sparked a fire that killed over a hundred innocent people trapped inside and spurred calls for workplace reform.

Lyndon Johnson delivers “We Shall Overcome” speech

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Congress makes “Star Spangled Banner” official national anthem

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Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz forced to give up her writing

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