" A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today. "
John F. Kennedy

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The New York Times Begins Publication of the Pentagon Papers

The Pentagon Papers were top secret government documents detailing US involvement in SE Asia from WWII to 1968. In 1971, a former government employee leaked portions of the 47-volume study, which revealed both miscalculation and deception on the part of US policymakers, to The New York Times, which began publishing articles about it. Citing national security, the Justice Department obtained an injunction against further publication, and the case went to the Supreme Court. How did it rule?



The Book of Martyrs

Popularly known as The Book of Martyrs, The Actes and Monuments of These Latter and Perilous Dayes was published by English Protestant clergyman John Foxe in the 16th century to praise Protestants martyred during the reign of Catholic monarch Mary I, who earned the nickname "Bloody Mary" for her religious persecutions. Lavishly illustrated, it was widely read and influenced popular opinion about Roman Catholicism for several centuries. How much did the book's first edition cost?

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Gnaeus Julius Agricola

Agricola was a Roman general responsible for much of the Roman conquest of Britain, where he was made consul and governor after a distinguished military and political career. He pacified most of the territory, conquering North Wales and advancing far into Scotland, and also circumnavigated the island. His biography, the De Vita et Moribus Lulii AgricolaeThe Life and Character of Julius Agricola—was the first published work of his son-in-law, what Roman historian?

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