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In this day of modern technology, you can follow the Battle of Gettysburg minute by minute 150 years later. You can follow the War of 1812 200 years later.

And now you can follow updates on the health of James Garfield,
122 years after he was shot.

Act accordingly.

In other obscure Gilded Age president notes, the decline of state funding for everything also means defunding presidential homes. And while not every presidential home I have visited blows one’s mind–Warren Harding’s home primarily consists of his golfing gear, bicycles, and a curator who gets quite agitated at the notion that Harding had many affairs (although she did mention the rumor circulated at the time that Harding was black, largely because I mentioned I taught at the College of Wooster and the person who pushed that rumor was a history professor there)–they are still useful public sites for people to engage in the American past. So it sucks that states run by jerks in Ohio and North Carolina are doing this.

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