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  • Collection: Postwar United States

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This document shows an article that was originally published in Life Magazine on March 18, 1966, written on the Lovings following the Virginia Supreme Court decision to uphold the 1924 Act to Preserve Racial Integrity Act. The case surrounds the…

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“Safety is better than compensation.” This sentiment echoes—both explicitly and implicitly—through the world of these safety posters (see link below to view additional images). Here cartoon workers are eaten by machines and lose limbs and eyes, all…

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Harry Flood Byrd served as governor from 1926 to 1930 and as a United States senator from 1933 to 1965. Byrd's political organization and pay-as-you-go philosophy kept taxes and public spending low in order to make Virginia attractive to business and…

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After nearly two decades of legal challenges against racial segregation in public schools and higher education, on May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court ruled in court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that school segregation was…

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The Great Depression and post-war eras saw advances in the labor movement in the United States. Many of the efforts were spurred by the economic hardships of the Great Depression and the U.S. government's response, the multiple programs of President…

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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 and the…

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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…

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This resolution, from the Lee-Jackson Camp (camp meaning group or members) of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), was forwarded to Governor J. Lindsay Almond in 1958.  The resolution proposed that the Fourteenth Amendment should be declared not a…

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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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This document, which is taken from a series of CIA Documents related to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, examines the strategic considerations regarding why the Soviet Union may have decided to place missiles in Cuba and includes a map that depicts the…
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