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The Southern Illustrated News was printed in Richmond from 1862 to 1865. The cartoon lampoons Lincoln’s revolving door of generals that had faced—and lost to—Southern armies in Virginia. After General Winfield Scott retired at the beginning of…

The 1930s and 1940s saw many advances in the labor movement in the United States. Many of the efforts were spurred by the economic hardships of the Great Depression and FDR'sa answering New Deal. The National Labor Relations Act and Social Security…

During the Cold War, many Americans feared, and prepared for, a possible nuclear attack from the Soviet Union. This was perhaps most prevalent a thought during the Cuban Missile Crisis, a 13 day long political and military standoff. Taking place in…

In 1907, Virginia honored the 300th anniversary of the English settlement at Jamestown with an exposition. Modeled after many national fairs of the era, the Jamestown Ter-centennial Exhibition contained exhibits, representative buildings of the…

On April 14, 1945, U.S. President Frankin Delano Roosevelt was buried in Hyde Park, NY following funeral services at the White House.  Roosevelt had been elected four times to the office of President, a feat never matched, and now prohibited by the…

The Atlantic hurricane season is officially from 1 June to 30 November, with the season’s peak occurring between August-October. During the very active hurricane season of 1933, the Chesapeake-Potomac Hurricane hit coastal Virginia on 23 August…

Touted as the largest and most magnificent exposition of all time, the New York World’s Fair opened at Flushing Meadow in April 1939. In the Court of States, one exhibition was strikingly different from the rest: the Virginia Room, “an island of…

The Ku Klux Klan (KKK), also known as the Klan or the Invisible Empirehas emerged in three time periods, mostly in the South, at three distinct periods of U.S. history: from 1865 to the 1870s, from 1915 to 1944, and from the 1950s to the present.…

On October 16, 1957, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visited Virginia during the commonwealth’s 350th anniversary celebration of the founding of Jamestown. Then, as now, the Queen’s visit prompted intense interest from the state’s people…

John Glenn was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. In 1957, he set a new speed record for traveling from Los Angeles to New York. It was his involvement in the U.S. Space Program, however, that earned him the most fame and a place in…
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