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Teddy Roosevelt’s Critique of Ostrich Science

And other gems from The Atlantic's coverage of major stories 50, 100, and 150 years ago
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Between breaking news developments, 2018 has marked out a number of momentous anniversaries. Fifty years since the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy. One hundred years since the end of the fighting in World War I. One hundred and fifty years since Andrew Johnson’s impeachment.

Looking backward from this moment of uncertainty and upheaval often means finding others, some of which now feel like long-settled history and some of which still sting at times like open wounds. Many of the hopes and fears of those moments, as of this one, are preserved in contemporaneous pieces written for —along with some pieces, like a story by Charles Dickens and a critique on ostrich science from Teddy Roosevelt, which stand out

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