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On June 6, 1944, soldiers of the Allied Expeditionary Force stormed the beaches of Normandy as part of Operation Overlord, often referred to as D-Day. Approximately 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile…

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Based in New York, N.Y., 1942-1946. Artists for Victory, Inc. was a non-profit organization of more than ten thousand artists formed to assist in the war effort by using their artistic abilities. Their activities included a British-American goodwill…

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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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CONTENT WARNING: Materials in the Library of Virginia’s collections contain historical terms, phrases, and images that are offensive to modern readers. These include demeaning and dehumanizing references to race, ethnicity, and nationality; enslaved…

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CONTENT WARNING: Materials in the Library of Virginia’s collections contain historical terms, phrases, and images that are offensive to modern readers. These include demeaning and dehumanizing references to race, ethnicity, and nationality; enslaved…

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From September 1939 - December 1941, the United States was not officially at war with any of the Axis powers. While support was given to the Allies through programs such as Lend-Lease, there was a strong isolationist sentiment following World War I…

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During World War II the American government asked civilians to participate in the war effort. A common way for the government to communicate with civilians was through posters hung in public places. Inspirational, informative, instructive,…

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The Vietnam War was a conflict between the communist regime of North Vietnam and its southern allies, known as the Viet Cong, and South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States. Many of the issues in Vietnam stemmed from a history of…

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In 1906 Robert Baden-Powell presented this bust of John Smith to the Commonwealth. Although best known as the founder of the Boy Scout movement, Baden-Powell was also an artist of considerable skill.  While in South Africa, he modeled in clay as a…

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In January 1754, Virginia's lieutenant governor, Robert Dinwiddie, sent a small force of Virginia soldiers to build a fort at the forks of the Ohio River, where Pittsburgh now stands. The stockade was barely finished when they were driven off by a…
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