President Calvin Coolidge, via U.S. National Archives

History: President Coolidge’s 1928 Armistice Day Address

 On November 11, 1928, Armistice Day, President Calvin Coolidge gave the following speech before members of the American Legion in Washington, D.C. The speech, which took place at the Washington Auditorium (described as a gaunt, barn-like structure in a 1929…

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Founding Notes: Printing The Federalist Papers

This letter comes from Dr. Allan McLane Hamilton’s  The Intimate Life of Alexander Hamilton: Based Chiefly Upon Original Family Letters And Other Documents, Many of Which Have Never Been Published (1910). The biography, which is available online (it’s free) ,…

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Florida History: Ernest Hemingway’s Suggested Reading List

In the spring of 1934, a twenty-two year old hobo/ aspiring writer named Arnold Samuelson left the cold of Minnesota for Key West  to meet his literary hero — Ernest Hemingway.  After a 2,000-plus mile journey,  which included hitchhiking, train-hopping,…