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Tennessee History For Kids: 51 years ago, Nixon gave Elvis a Badge

Tennessee History For Kids: 51 years ago, Nixon gave Elvis a Badge On December 21, 1970, a White House photographer snapped a photograph of Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon together in the Oval Office. Today, that photograph is the most requested image in the National Archives. So what’s the story behind this meeting? According to…

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Tennessee History For Kids: The Canal that Nearly Changed Tennessee History

Tennessee History For Kids: The Canal that Nearly Changed Tennessee History By Bill Carey Tennessee’s eighth grade students learn about the Erie Canal—the artificial body of water that connected the Hudson River to the Great Lakes. They also learn that the Erie Canal is largely responsible for making New York the largest city in America.…

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Tennessee History For Kids: “Crossville POW Camp”

Tennessee History For Kids:  By Bill Carey/Tennessee History for Kids Former German soldier recalls life at Crossville POW camp There were about half a dozen prisoner of war camps in Tennessee during World War II—the best known of which was Camp Crossville, in Cumberland County. We know a lot more about Camp Crossville than the…

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Tennessee History For Kids: “Free Speech”

Tennessee History For Kids: “Free Speech”     When It Came to Abolitionism, Tennesseans Didn’t Have “Free Speech” By Bill Carey/Tennessee History for Kids Tennesseans talk a lot about the right of free speech, and they should. But it’s interesting to note that free Tennesseans have not always had the right of free speech, at…

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Tennessee History For Kids: Kings Mountain

    Kings Mountain turned tide of American Revolution By Bill Carey/Tennessee History for Kids October 7 is the 241st anniversary of the most important victory in Tennessee history. During the Revolutionary War, a British commander named Patrick Ferguson led an army of British loyalists through South Carolina. Along the way, he sent a message…

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