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Vanderbilt Historian Says Cuba Embargo Must Go Next

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Study Explores Ku Klux Klan’s Impact on U.S. Political System

The Ku Klux Klan’s failure to defeat the black civil rights moment is well documented, but the group’s lesser-known legacy may be its lasting impact on the U.S. political system, according to a new study.

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Beer, Beef and Politics: Findings at Viking Archaeological Site Show Power Trumping Practicality

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Vikings are known for raiding and trading, but those who settled in Iceland centuries ago spent more time producing and feasting on booze and beef — in part to gain political clout in a place very different from their homeland, says a Baylor archaeologist.

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Smithsonian Displays 3-D Portrait of President Obama

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The first presidential portraits created from 3-D scan data are now on display in the Smithsonian Castle. The portraits of President Barack Obama were created based on data collected by a Smithsonian-led team of 3-D digital imaging specialists and include a digital and 3-D printed bust and life mask. A new video released today by the White House details the behind-the-scenes process of scanning, creating and printing the historic portraits.

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Most American Presidents Destined to Fade From Nation’s Memory, Study Suggests

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American presidents spend their time in office trying to carve out a prominent place in the nation's collective memory, but most are destined to be forgotten within 50-to-100 years of their serving as president, suggests a study on presidential name recall released today by the journal Science.

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Theologian Examines Implications of 13th Century Manuscripts of Saint Francis of Assisi Visiting U.S.

With the arrival in the United States earlier this week of several manuscripts from the Sacred Convent of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy, a Creighton University theology professor and specialist in St. Francis, has her own tale to tell about encountering these 700-year-old documents.

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Secrets in Stone: Art Historian Cracks the Code of an Ancient Temple

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For 13 centuries, the Virupaksha Temple in Pattadakal has been one of the most recognizable landmarks in Indian art—a towering layer cake of elaborate, hand-carved friezes populated by a bevy of Hindu deities and symbols. Now Cathleen Cummings, Ph.D., an associate professor in the UAB Department of Art and Art History who specializes in Asian art history, has shown that these figures are more than just architectural decoration.

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Slavery in Northern U.S., Perceived to Have Ended Early, Persisted Well into 19th Century

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In The Ragged Road to Abolition, historian James J. Gigantino II demonstrates how deeply slavery influenced the political, economic and social life of blacks and whites in New Jersey.

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Villanova History Professor Shares Memories of Living with the Berlin Wall on 25th Anniversary of Its Fall

Villanova History Professor Shares Thoughts Regarding the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

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Mixed Reviews for Democracy on 25th Anniversary of Berlin Wall Fall

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