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Making history come alive

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Throughout my formal academic career, history classes bored me. The timelines, the outdated maps, the tiresome chronology that seemed always to begin with ancient earthen pottery and end with the Beatles making crowds of teenage women faint. Snore.

The stories from history, however, were a different thing altogether.

I would give just about anything to lay my hands on a copy of my first favorite book — a story about how Benjamin Franklin arrived in Philadelphia with only a few…

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