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Category: History

How the Electoral College Works

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There is often a lot of debate about the Electoral College anytime a national presidential election looms, but the truth is that so few of us know how it works and why it exists.  The history behind the Electoral College is pretty interesting, and gives us some insights into how America’s current form of government has traditionally tried […]

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How We Got Labor Day

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Most of us know that Labor Day is the first Monday in September and that it’s the unofficial end of Summer (and that means no more white or seersucker).  It’s also the last weekend before “back to school” for many youngsters.  But most might not know how the holiday came about in the first place, […]

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The Origins of Memorial Day

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Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, began in the wake of the War Between the States.  As with the War, which had many reasons for its origin, so too Decoration Day was the result of soldiers and civilians, Northerners and Southerners, men and women, all desiring to honor the hundreds of thousands that had died for […]

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World War II Films Worth Watching

General Patton

This next week marks the 75th anniversary of the landings in Normandy by the Allied Forces that would go on to end a war that involved many parts of the world. It’s a war that still has a grip on our imagination, as seen by the films and books produced every year that portray persons, […]

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Thanksgiving: facts vs fiction

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The United States is known worldwide for its observation of Thanksgiving, and many in other countries, though it is not of their tradition, really appreciate the sentiment of taking the time to stop and give thanks.  In fact, that’s one of our Gents Place values, and one way of giving thanks is to share some […]

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