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Why Did the U.S. Abandon the Gold Standard?

Some have called for a return to the gold standard. How would it affect the economy? What is the gold standard? It’s a monetary system that directly links a currency’s value to that of gold. A country on the gold standard cannot increase the amount of money in circulation without also increasing its gold reserves. Because the [...]

Five for Fighting

The following is an article from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Salutes the Armed Forces.. In 1942 five brothers made a sacrifice that showed just how much a family could give to the war effort. PATRIOTIC FERVOR January 3, 1942: After ringing in the New Year, the five Sullivan brothers from Waterloo, Iowa, enlisted in the Navy. [...]