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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 generic…

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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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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…

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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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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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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…

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

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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 1933,…

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

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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, ethinicity, and nationality; enslaved…
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