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George W. Bush (1946–) was the forty-third president of the United States. Bush’s two-term presidency was marked by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the subsequent American wars in the Middle East. The oldest son of former President George H. W. Bush, George W. served in the Texas Air National Guard and worked in the Texas oil industry before entering politics. He was elected as the Republican governor of Texas in 1994 and won reelection in 1998. In 2000, he ran for the presidency against Democratic nominee Al Gore...
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Harlem is a New York City neighborhood in upper Manhattan. After World War I, the neighborhood grew into a center of African American art, literature, and culture, a movement known as the “Harlem Renaissance.”
Glossary Term – Place
New Netherland was the region between the South River (now the Delaware) and the North River (now the Hudson) controlled and colonized by the Dutch. Sailing for the Dutch East India Company, Henry Hudson first explored the region in 1609 while searching for a passage to Asia. New Netherland, which included New Amsterdam (the present-day island of Manhattan), was lost to the English in the Second Anglo-Dutch War in 1664.
Americans everywhere felt the terrible effects of the Great Depression, but in the cities, millions of people living in close quarters were thrown out of work and into even deeper poverty than they had known before the economy's collapse. These photographs, which appear in this issue of History Now courtesy of the Lower East Side Tenement...
Richard Brookhiser, senior editor at National Review, discusses his book, Alexander Hamilton, American. Brookhiser recounts Alexander Hamilton's great successes and tragic failures as Revolutionary, bovernment-shaper, financial genius, and American visionary. He explores Hamilton's impoverished upringing in the Caribbean and describes how Hamilton went on to give birth to American capitalism by developing the country's financial system.
An independent scholar, Ron Chernow won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for Washington: A Life and the National Book Award in 1990 for his first book, The House of Morgan. In Alexander Hamilton, which won the George Washington Book Prize in 2005, he presents the full sweep of the founder's dramatic life and achievements. In this lecture, Chernow addresses the question, "Why did Alexander Hamilton never become President?" and makes the case that Alexander Hamilton was the most influential American who never attained the presidency. Detailing Hamilton's early life and meteoric career, Chernow then offers his educated guesses as to why Hamilton never achieved the ultimate American office.