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5 people from US History who should be Better Known

Who didn’t get the due you think they deserve? Whose exploits do you want to share?
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1. Ponca chief Standing Bear
2. Peggy Shippen
3. Elizabeth Jennings Graham
4. Grace Hopper (1906-1992)
5. Philo Farnsworth (1906-1971)

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