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October 18, 2013 8:49 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

The United States acquired Alaska on this day in 1867. Here’s Johnny Horton performing “North to Alaska”—the title track for the John Wayne movie playing off Alaska’s statehood—not long before his untimely death in 1960.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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