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Contest of the Week

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?
Share your list and a short description why with us. The listicle that tickles our fancy the most wins a little Liberty Bell.

Here’s ours to get you going:

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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