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The Manson Family’s Most Violent Member: Susan Atkins

The counterculture movement dominated the 1960s in America. Young people sought new forms of expression that highlighted their individualism and spirituality while emphasizing anti-establishment attitudes and advocating for equality. This led to many young people experimenting with drugs and new ideologies, and sometimes this led them to dark places. Susan Atkins, a follower of the […]

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Doug Hegdahl: How One Man Tricked the Enemy and Freed Over 500 POW’s

When we hear tales of POWs from the Vietnam War era, they are often marked by gruesome torture, back-breaking labor, and unimaginable hardship.  However, for one POW named Doug Hegdahl, his time in a North Vietnamese prison camp was much easier.  His ability to fake ignorance about military information, coupled with a remarkable memory, not

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Sarah Breedlove Walker: The First Self-made Female Millionaire in America

In 1905, 37-year-old Sarah Breedlove, the first free-born child from a family of Civil War era slaves, moved to Denver, Colorado. She had just $1.05 in her pocket and was intent on starting a business selling hair-care products that she created, primarily for Black women.   Breedlove sold her products door-to-door. She would teach other Black

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