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Offbeat National Parks

Looking north over Biscayne Bay at an island (at left) and at mangroves that line the shoreline (at back).Yosemite and Yellowstone are the jewels of our national park system. But you can find plenty…

Annette Bening Biography

Annette Bening actressBorn: 5/29/1958Birthplace: Topeka, Kansas The Oscar-nominated actress has appeared in numerous successful movies, including Valmont (1989), The American President (1994),…

Nancy Landon Kassebaum Biography

Nancy Landon Kassebaumformer U.S. senator from KansasBorn: 7/29/1932Birthplace: Topeka, Kansas Kassebaum has politics in her blood. Her father, Alfred M. Landon, served as governor of Kansas…

Chester Isaiah LONG, Congress, KS (1860-1934)

Senate Years of Service: 1903-1909Party: RepublicanLONG, Chester Isaiah, a Representative and a Senator from Kansas; born in Greenwood Township, near Millerstown, Perry County, Pa., October 12…

Civil Rights Cases (1883)

Historical BackgroundBetween 1866 and 1875, Congress passed several civil rights acts to implement the 13th and 14th amendments. One was the Civil Rights Act of 1875, which imposed various…

The Supreme Court: Desegregating Schools

Desegregating SchoolsThe Supreme CourtWarren CourtA Court DividedDesegregating SchoolsMandating Criminal RightsFocusing on Personal RightsLeaving the Court Let's take a close look at Warren'…

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954)

Historical BackgroundPerhaps no other case decided by the Court in the 20th century has had so profound an effect on the social fabric of America as Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. By…