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The Cigarette Label of Jefferson DavisAlthough they are simply pieces of paper, cigarette labels represent broader concepts and reflect the culture and the general values of a population.  It is important to analyze how the labels have changed…

Arthur Robert Ashe was an African American tennis player and human rights activist who overcame adversity and discrimination to become one of the greatest tennis players in American History. Ashe was born on July 10, 1943 in Richmond, Virginia. Ashe…

The 5-cent Battle of Gettysburg commemorative stamp is the third in a series of five stamps marking the Civil War Centennial from the U.S. Postal Service. It was first placed on sale through the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, post office on July 1,…

These two engravings by the Scottish-born artist William Charles (1776–1820) contrast the resistance—or lack thereof—to British the invasions of Alexandria, Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland during the War of 1812. Having their cities under…

In April of 1900,  the Seaboard Air Line Railway was chartered, consolidating several railroads into a system with twenty-six hundred miles of track from Virginia to Florida. It also offered mail service as far north as New York over other railroad…

By the early 1870s, bicycles and tricycles using wire-spoked wheels were common, particularly in England. James Starley of Coventry introduced the Ariel in 1871, and, with modifications, the design gained popularity and later became known as an…

This document is the first page of a treatise that was first issued by King James I (1566–1625) in 1604 and later received a new printing in 1674. He was the King of Great Britain from 1603 until his death in 1625. The first English ruler from the…

This photograph depicts a woman and a child sitting on a sofa. The woman is holding a book, giving off the impression that she is reading to the child. In earlier eras books were an expensive luxury only afforded by a very few. The advent of the…

Molly Pitcher is a fabled figure said to have fought during the Revolutionary War. Women served in many capacities during the Revolution, doing everything from laundry to serving as armed and uniformed soldiers. The name “Molly Pitcher” is a…

Along with the abolition of slavery, women's rights were also a topic for reformers. The woman suffrage movement began in 1848 at the first woman's rights convention, which was held in Seneca Falls, New York, with the participants calling for…
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