Revisionists on Stalin’s 1930s Purge

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     In American and Western European scholarship, most researchers place Josef (Iosif) Stalin along with Adolph Hitler as the most murderous dictators in Twentieth-Century history.  Stalin killed or imprisoned millions of his own countrymen.  The current Stalin debate does not dispute these murders.  The debate centers on why Stalin carried out the communist party purges in the mid to late

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Downtown Fire Destroys $150,000 Worth of Merchandise

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     On January 21, 1904, 33-year-old Private Watchman Martin Ryan was touring the 717-719 Lucas Avenue warehouse, when he discovered a fire on the third floor.  Ryan ran to notify the St. Louis Fire Department.  While the fire department firefighters responded almost immediately, the fire spread through the warehouse quickly.  The St. Louis firefighters arrived as the third, fourth, fifth

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Theodore Roosevelt Develops Himself

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     After reading Theodore Roosevelt’s autobiography in high school, he became my favorite president.  I own over 50 books on TR in my personal library.  One of Roosevelt’s achievements grabbed my attention much more than his political and writing accomplishments.  Roosevelt started out as a very sickly child but through the application of exercise and sport built himself into

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St. Louis’ Resident Suffragette

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     Elizabeth Avery Meriwether broke Nineteenth Century convention by illegally registering and voting in the 1872 U.S. Presidential election, addressing the 1884 Democratic Convention and writing several short stories in support of woman’s suffrage.  Although she would live to be 92 years old, she died several years before she saw her dream realized with the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment

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Wrestling at the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis

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     On Friday, October 14, and Saturday, October 15, 1904, 42 wrestlers in 7 weight classes met in the first Olympic Games contested in the freestyle wrestling method.  Prior Olympic Games were contested in the Greco-Roman style of wrestling.  The 1904 Summer Olympics was held in conjunction with the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, MO.       St. Louis was

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