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Historical Figures

From Musketeers to Nazis, Archimedes to Harriet Tubman, these famous historical figures changed the course of history -- for better or worse.

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How the Spanish Inquisition Worked

Did anyone expect the Spanish Inquisition? It began with religious intolerance and ended with torture, with false accusations and unfair trials in between. How did this period of cruelty come to be?

How Knights Work

What were knights really like? Did they slay dragons, sleep in their armor and rescue damsels in distress?

How Royalty Works

Royalty calls to mind impossible wealth, power and privilege -- and maybe a breath of scandal. Do kings and queens simply sit on their thrones with ermine robes and scepters?

How McCarthyism Worked

Senator Joseph McCarthy whipped up anti-Communist hysteria in the early 1950s -- using controversial tactics and ruining hundreds of careers, including his own.

10 Famous Native Americans

America's history begins with the Native Americans and the English settlers they encountered. Read our list of Native American leaders and heroes, including Sequoyah, Geronimo, and Crazy Horse.

12 Renowned Women of the Wild West

A number of women made names for themselves during the Wild West. Read our list of 12 of the most famous heroines from this time period, including Annie Oakley, Belle Starr, and Calamity Jane.

Charles Lindbergh's Transatlantic Flight

Charles Lindbergh made the first transatlantic flight, from New York to Paris. Learn more about Charles Lindbergh's flight and his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis.

Who are the Duke of York, Duke of Kent, etc., and how did they get their titles?

When I hear about the Duke of York, the Duke of Kent, etc., who are they and how did they get their titles? What is a "Duke"? Are they related to the queen, or are they normal people?

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