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The Dust Bowl and the Depression in American History

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Some families who left their dust-buried farms moved to California to work on the commercial farms there. These migrant families were called "Okies," since many of them were from Oklahoma, and they lived in migrant camps like this one in California.

The Kansas-Nebraska Act and “Bleeding Kansas” in American History

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George S. Park, the founder of Parkville, Missouri, and owner of the Parkville Luminary newspaper, dared to speak out against the actions of the "Border Ruffians." As a result, they took revenge by breaking into the newspaper office and throwing the printing press into the nearby Missouri River.

Desert Storm:  The First Persian Gulf War in American History

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During Operation Desert Storm, in 1990-91, soldiers had to be prepared for the possibility of chemical attack. Soldiers wore suits like these to protect themselves. In the book, Sgt. Anita Porter described her first night in the Persian Gulf. She arrived on the first day of Operation Desert Storm. That evening, chemical attack sirens forced the soldiers of her unit to bunkers where they huddled in their protective suits, wondering if they would be gassed with poisonous chemicals and if they would ever make it home again.


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