Tag Archives: Pieces of History

Is West Virginia Constitutional?

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. On the creation of new states, the Constitution is pretty clear. Article IV, Section 3, reads that “no new States shall be formed or erected … Continue reading

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Facial Hair Friday: By Request

At least three colleagues here at the National Archives and one commenter have mentioned Horace Greeley as a candidate for the spotlight here at Facial Hair Friday. And upon looking him up and letting out a strangled gasp, I had to … Continue reading

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Censorship and the C*** W**

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. Censorship has always been a delicate subject in American history. From John Adam’s Alien and Sedition Acts to the publication of the “Government Information Manual … Continue reading

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What’s in your wallet?

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. During the Civil War in 1861, a nearly broke Federal Government came up with a clever way to get rich quick: print money. Prior to … Continue reading

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Inside the Vaults – Discovering the Civil War

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. Part Two of Discovering the Civil War opens at the National Archives in Washington, DC, on November 10! Rarely seen footage of Civil War veterans, … Continue reading

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A midterm referendum on Abe Lincoln

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. History tends to show that  midterm elections are never particularly good for the sitting President. In 2006, many Republicans were moved from their seats due … Continue reading

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Ten things you didn’t know about the Civil War

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. Part two of Discovering the Civil War opens at the National Archives in Washington, DC, in just 10 days! Spies, code breaking, personality conflicts over … Continue reading

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FHF: The Beard Gap

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. In the history of Presidential elections, there has never been a battle of the beards. Beards have challenged mustaches. Mustaches have challenged clean-shaven candidates. Clean-shaven … Continue reading

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Before Playboy, there was Flossie

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. Sixteen-year-old boys loved her. Parents of 16-year-old boys did not. Yes, long before Hugh Hefner donned his trademark smoking jacket, before Larry Flynt shocked a nation … Continue reading

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Wine, for all your expeditionary needs

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. It’s been called the nectar of the gods, but it may soon be called the nectar of Starbucks. The giant coffee chain is now selling … Continue reading

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