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Donald Trump embraces legacy of Andrew Jackson

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It was an ugly, highly personal presidential election. An unvarnished celebrity outsider who pledged to represent the forgotten laborer took on an intellectual member of the Washington establishment looking to extend a political dynasty in the White House. Andrew Jackson‘s triumph in 1828 over President John Quincy Adams bears striking similarities to Donald Trump‘s victory over Hillary Clinton last year, and some of those most eager to point that out are in the Trump White House. Trump’s team has seized…

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Before the Pilgrims, Floridians celebrated the ‘real’ first Thanksgiving

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It’s that time of year when children make cardboard turkeys and draw the Mayflower, while we prepare to fill our tables with stuffing and pumpkin pie the way most of us imagine the Pilgrims did at the first Thanksgiving in 1621. But there’s just one catch, according to archaeologists at the Florida Museum of Natural History: The Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving wasn’t the first. The nation’s real first Thanksgiving took place more than 50 years earlier near the Matanzas River in St.…

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Adam Putnam: Thank farmers, ranchers for ample Thanksgiving bounty

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For most Americans, food scarcity is when we wait till the last minute and the exact brand of low-fat, gluten-free, heart healthy, fair trade, organic, local, hand-crafted marshmallow is sold out, forcing us to ‘make do’ with an inferior sweet potato casserole topping. Though the grocery stores may temporarily run low on the must-have holiday ingredients, there’s never a concern about the availability of food itself. We often take this vital element of Thanksgiving for granted because we are blessed…

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More cities are recognizing Native Americans on Columbus Day

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More cities are recognizing Native Americans on Columbus Day this year as they revive a movement to change the name of the holiday to celebrate the history and contributions of indigenous cultures around the country. As the U.S. observes Columbus Day on Monday, it will also be Indigenous Peoples Day in at least nine cities for the first time this year, including Albuquerque; Portland, Oregon; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Olympia, Washington. Encouraged by city council votes in Minneapolis and Seattle…

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Gary Stein: Symbols and cymbals mark Fourth of July

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As we prepare to celebrate the holiday formally called Independence Day but more commonly known as the Fourth of July, visions of fireworks, barbecue and red, white and blue come to mind. But, taking a step back, I think a more apropos name, albeit less patriotic sounding would be to call it Symbols Day. Most holidays are filled with symbolism, but as secular, government-sanctioned holidays go, “The Fourth” beats them all. Symbols can range from icons to symbolic acts. Flags…

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