When the territory of Alaska was officially transferred from Russia to the U.S. on Oct. 18, 1867, the nation did not at first understand the value of what had been attained. "In 1867 Alaska was called 'Seward's Folly' and 'The Ice-Box of the North' because Secretary of State William Henry Seward bought the land from Russia for $7,200,000 (7¢ per acre) and everyone knew it was a wasteland of ice and snow, inhabited only by wolves and Eskimos," TIME noted in 1939.Read More
The new movie Marshall focuses on a moment in the early career of Thurgood Marshall, more than two decades before he was confirmed by the Senate as a Supreme Court Justice. "[The] fact that his nomination was politically judicious could take nothing from his 27-year career as counsel for the N.A.A.C.P., his later service as a federal judge and U.S. Solicitor General," TIME noted when that happened in 1967. "By a vote of 69 to 11, the Senate confirmed the [appointment] of Marshall, 59, as the first Negro Associate Justice of the Supreme Court."Read More
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