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The Flight:

Lindbergh Does It! To Paris in 33 1/2 Hours; Flies 1,000 Miles Through Snow and Sleet; Cheering French Carry Him Off Field (May 21, 1927)
This is a report from Paris describing the minutes after Lindbergh landed
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Could Have Gone 500 Miles Farther (May 22, 1927)
After false alarms all day the "corps of frantic newspaper men" finally found Lindbergh, too exhilirated to sleep, talking with the American Ambassador to France at the embassy.
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Paris Spent Day Wishing Success (May 22, 1927)
The French public "could not have shown toward Lindbergh's flight a more kindly, more sympathetic, more enthusiastic attitude."
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Lindbergh Took Shortest Route to Paris; Geographers Explain Great Circle Puzzle (May 22, 1927)
The National Geographic Society released a statement explaining "that in the higher latitudes, the shortest distance between two points, because of the earth's curvature, is not on the east and west parallel, but on the arc of a circle."
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Board to Meet Soon on Prize to Lindbergh (May 22, 1927)
Raymond Orteig, a new York hotel owner, had offered a substantial cash prize for the first aviator to cross the Atlantic.
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Levine Abandons Bellanca Flight (May 22, 1927)
Clarence D. Chamberlin, one of Lindbergh's rivals for the pioneering flight, had to give up his attempt after disputes with the owner of his plane.
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Mother Glad First For Flier's Safety (May 22, 1927)
Evangeline Lodge Lindbergh, Charles's mother, said "He has accomplished the greatest undertaking of his life, and I am proud to be the mother of such a boy."
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Life With Lindy (May 8, 1977)
In preparation for the 50th anniversary of the flight, Anne Morrow Lindbergh granted a rare interview.
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The Kidnapping:

Lindbergh Baby Kidnapped From Home of Parents on Farm Near Princeton; Taken From His Crib; Wide Search On (March 2, 1932)
Lindbergh's infant son, Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr., was discovered missing from his crib by his nurse.
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Father Searches Grounds For Child (March 2, 1932)
This article describes the moments after reporters arrived and found footprints leading to the window near the baby crib.
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Four States Join Hunt (March 2, 1932)
"Within ten minutes [of Lindbergh's call for help] every communication method of modern science had been utilized to broadcast the alarm and to mobilize the police systems of four States and scores of communities in the search."
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World Hailed Birth of Lindbergh's Son (March 2, 1932)
The birth of Lindbergh's son was instantly broadcast around the world by crowds of reporters who had surrounded the Lindbergh house in anticipation.
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Lindbergh Hopeful, Is Ready To Ransom Son (March 3, 1932)
Lindbergh declared himself ready to pay the $50,000 demanded by the kidnappers.
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Kidnapping Arouses Sympathy Of Nation (March 3, 1932)
This article reounts the messages of support from colleagues, clergy and other eminent Americans.
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Federal Aid In Hunt Ordered By Hoover (March 3, 1932)
All criminal-detection agencies of the government went into action to aid in the recovery of Lindbergh's son. From the White House to the halls of Congress the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby assumed, from the moment it became known, major importance.
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Roosevelt Orders State Police Hunt (March 3, 1932)
F.D.R., who would later become a nemesis of Lindbergh, sprung into action as Governor of New York when he learned of the kidnapping.
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Kidnapping of Lindbergh Baby Is Climax of Nation-Wide 'Abduction Racket' (March 3, 1932)
Literally every police officer in New York state was put on the Lindbergh kidnapping case.
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Kidnapping Wave Sweeps The Nation (March 3, 1932)
The Lindbergh kidnapping was portrayed as a part of a growing problem of abduction for ransom by organized syndicates
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Sleepless Father Persists In Search (March 3, 1932)
Lindbergh took personal charge of the hunt for his infant son, transforming his mountain home into field headquarters for an army of searchers.
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The Trial:

10 Hauptmann Case Jurors, 4 Women, Quickly Chosen; Col. Lindbergh a Spectator (January 3, 1935)
Two years and ten months from the date of the tragedy at Hopewell, Bruno Richard Hauptmann was placed on trial for his life, charged with the murder of Charles A. Lindbergh Jr.
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Foreman of Jury 25 Years in Same Job; Nine of the First Ten Chosen Have Families (January 3, 1935)
This article is a profile of the jury chosen to decide the Hauptmann case.
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Novelist Sketches the Trial Scene (January 3, 1935)
In this portrait of the courtroom during jury selection, the reporter has to convince herself that the larger-than-life trial is reality and not a scene from a movie.
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Hauptmann Guilty, Sentenced to Death for the Murder of the Lindbergh Baby (February 14, 1935)
Bruno Richard Hauptmann was convicted of murder in the first degree and sentenced to death for the kidnapping of Lindbergh's son.
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Trial Is Likened To A Bull Fight, by Ford Maddox Ford (February 14, 1935)
"[T]he affair cannot but have, however unjustly, the aspect of the most famous and fortunate man in the world versus a miserable shred of human jetsam. And there is too much class hatred in the world already and the passion for bloodshed is too keen."
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Jury Courageous, Wilentz Declares (February 14, 1935)
This article consists of comments on the Hauptmann verdict by the key players.
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Swelling Roar of Crowd Greets Bell Announcing Jury Had Reached a Verdict (February 14, 1935)
Thousands of witnesses gathered at the courthouse to await the verdict.
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Hauptmann in Cell Falls in Collapse (February 14, 1935)
An account of Hauptmann's exhaustion on the day of the verdict.
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Mrs Hauptmann's Cause: The Fight to Reopen 'The Trial of the Century' (October 20, 1981)
Anna Hauptmann, at the age of 82, was still fighting to clear her husband's name.
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Byrne to Release Lindbergh Files, 49 Years After the Kidnapping (October 7, 1981)
As a result of Anna Hauptmann's suit, Governor Byrne said that he would issue an executive order making 90,000 documents and pieces of evidence in the Lindbergh kidnapping available to scholars and other "interested parties."
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Lindbergh Journal on War Era Is Due (March 11, 1970)
Lindbergh announced his intention to publish his diaries from the years 1937-1945.
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Lindbergh Says U.S. 'Lost ' World War II (August 30, 1970)
The release of Lindbergh's wartime journals reopened the issue of his opposition to World War II, which had only grown more resolute with the passage of time.
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Lindbergh Said to Regret Misperceptions Over Jews (April 20, 1980)
Anne Morrow's wartime diaries revealed that Lindbergh felt guilty about his perceived anti-Semitism, especially after finding out about the Nazi death camps.
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Conservation and Legacy

Lindbergh Traveling Widely as Conservationist (June 23, 1969)
Late in life, Lindbergh, once again sacrificing his privacy, became a passionate voice for preserving the environment.
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That's the Way It Was in '27 (May 22, 1977)
John Frogge recalled Lindbergh's flight, which he covered for The New York Times, on its 50th anniversary.
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Lindbergh Memorial Fund Begun by Doolittle afnd Neil Armstrong (October 20, 1976)
Two pilots of note, Gen. James M. Doolittle and Neil A. Armstrong, announced plans to establish the Lindbergh Memorial Fund to support the work of young scientists, explorers and conservationists.
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Man and Craft Were One, As a New Age Began (May 21, 2002, Tuesday)
Those who look at the Spirit of St. Louis in the museum are seeing an artifact from a time when human beings were on more intimate terms with their technology. Their machines still seemed understandable as evolved extensions of ordinary human abilities.
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Lindbergh Dies of Cancer in Hawaii at the Age of 72 (August 27, 1974)
Lindbergh's obituary.
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Daring Lindbergh Attained the Unattainable With Historic Flight Across Atlantic (August 27, 1974)
The second part of Lindbergh's obituary is a lengthy profile.
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