At 5,525 miles, the US and Canadian border is the longest and friendliest in the world, but the long relationship between the two nations is not without conflict. Today, a history of US-Canadian skirmishes and why a war between neighbors isn’t out of the question. Plus, researchers in Virginia may be turning a long held belief about early America on its head.
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It turns out that there have been a few scrapes and some bad blood between the rowdy US and its polite northern neighbor, Canada. Kevin Lippert is the author of War Plan Red: the United States’ Secret Plan to Invade Canada and Canada’s Secret Plan to Invade the United States.
In 1943, while the US was embroiled in World War II, FDR traveled to the Canadian side of Lake Huron for an eight-day fishing trip. Rumors persist as to what he was doing up there - meeting with a mistress? conferring with Winston Churchill? - but Justin Bull brought us the true story.
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James Horn is the president and chief officer at the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation where researchers may have discovered proof of an underground community of Catholics who pretended to be Protestants in early America.