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The COVID-19 crisis has been compared to the 1918 pandemic commonly known as the Spanish Flu. A Stony Brook University history professor knows very well how that pandemic played out—and how it compares to today.

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Everybody knows girls don’t play with dolls after age six. At least, that was the toy industry’s belief in the mid 1980s, when a former schoolteacher named Pleasant Rowland dreamed up the concept for American Girl Dolls.

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A proposal to eliminate the Regents exam in New York has alarmed some social studies teachers on Long Island. They worry if the state cuts the standardized tests, history will be the first to go.

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The Mayflower II, a replica of the original ship that brought the Pilgrims to North America in 1620, was launched at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut on Saturday. 

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Just in time for the Fourth of July: an original printing of the Declaration of Independence is on display at Yale University’s Beinecke Library.