A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

DEE

Wed, 22 Jun '22
Brown who wrote "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee"
Sun, 17 Apr '22
Rapper Kool Moe ___
Sun, 3 Apr '22
Ruby of "The Jackie Robinson Story"
Tue, 11 Jan '22
Actor Billy ___ Williams
Fri, 24 Dec '21
Democratic leader?
Thu, 18 Nov '21
Woman's name that sounds like a letter
Sun, 24 Oct '21
It's just passing
Thu, 31 Dec '20
Not-so-great grade