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Legend has it that runaway slaves sought clues in the patterns of handmade quilts.
Even while they were fighting the Confederacy, Union forces had another opponent to contend with.
Sherman's devastating march led to the kind of warfare that culminated in World War II.
California, with all of its Gold Rush riches, came very close to joining the South.
Were these America's worst presidents?
A political novice, the war hero is entirely forgettable as president.
Though politically gifted, he will forever be associated with the Watergate scandal and his resignation
He was known as a poor communicator who fueled trade wars and exacerbated the Depression.
He was president for just 30 days after contracting pneumonia during his interminable inaugural.
Serving right after Johnson, he presided over an outbreak of corruption, but had good intentions.