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This is an article about the origins of some more common phrases we use almost everyday.
Rosie the Riveter
Rosie the Riveter is the icon for the women who stepped up to the plate and entered the workforce during World War II. American women made up fifty percent of the workforce during the war.
Ten year old Samantha Smith wrote a letter to Russian leader Yuri Andropov in 1982 asking him why he wants a war with United States. He replied that he didn't want a war with anyone and invited the young girl to Russia.
Scandal at Bizarre Plantation
Nancy Randolph lived a life that was scandalous, to say the least, but persevered and eventually lived a happy life.
Shirley Temple went from being a lovable child star during the Great Depression to becoming a politician in later life.
Sojourner Truth has gone down in history as a leader for the slavery abolition movement and a crusader for women's rights.
Stagecoach Mary was the was first African-American woman to have a star mail delivery route in the late 1800's.
The Cattle Drive
The cattle drive was romanticized by western movies and television shows, but in reality, it was a long, dangerous and arduous task to get the cattle to a railhead to be sold and shipped to Chicago and points East.
The Chappaquiddick Incident
Senator Edward Kennedy drove off a ramp leading onto a bridge at Chappaquiddick Island and into a pond, killing his passenger Mary Jo Kopechne. Kennedy dd not report the accident for another ten hours in an apparent attempt to cover it up.
The Cuban Missile Crisis
The Cuban Missile crisis was the closest that the United States had come to nuclear war against the Soviet Union and Cuba.
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