Top Ten of 2019

As we close out the year, we’re taking a look back on the most popular posts published in 2019. And a huge THANK YOU to the National Archives staff who work so hard to share our love of history!

10. The First Amendments to the U.S. Constitution

Two hundred and thirty years ago Congress passed the very first proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Ten of these eventually became the Bill of Rights.

The Bill of Rights on display in the National Archives Rotunda, 2018. (Photo by Jeffrey Reed, National Archives)

9. Amelia Earhart: Showing What Women Can Do 

For Women’s History Month, Danielle Sklarew writes about the famous aviator Amelia Earhart. 

Amelia Earhart prior to her last takeoff, 1937. (National Archives Identifier 6708612)

8. An Unforgettable Day

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of D-day, Mitchell Yockelson tells the story of Maj. Philip Gage, who jumped from a C-47 transport plane into the pitch-black sky over Normandy in the early hours of June 6, 1944.

Photograph of paratroopers just before they took off for the Initial assault of D-Day, 6/6/1944 (National Archives Identifier 12003986)

7. The 19th Amendment at 100: Sharing the Story

This story of the 19th Amendment was cross-posted on the websites of the Library of Congress, National Archives, and the Smithsonian’s American History Initiative. 

19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Women’s Right to Vote, 1919. (National Archives Identifier: 596314)

6. John Hancock and His Signature

Michael Hancock highlights John Hancock’s John Hancock. 

5. Rightfully Hers: Woman Suffrage Before the 19th Amendment

Vincent Bartholomew looks at the history of women voting in the United States before the passage of the 19th Amendment. 

Telegram from Wyoming Governor F. E. Warren to Mary E. Holmes, President of the Illinois Equal Suffrage Association, 11/8/1889. (National Archives Identifier 119652193)

4: Happy 90th Birthday, Jacqueline Kennedy!

In celebration of Jacqueline Kennedy’s 90th, Megan Huang sheds light on the life and legacy of the former First Lady.

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy and John F. Kennedy cut their wedding cake during their reception at Hammersmith Farm, 9/12/1953. (Photo credit: Toni Frissell, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, National Archives)

3: Josephine Cobb’s Discovery of a Lifetime

Celebrating Women’s History Month, Michael Hancock’s post on Josephine Cobb’s story of spotting Abraham Lincoln in a photograph of Gettysburg lands in the number 3 spot. 

Archivist Josephine Cobb with a Mathew Brady negative of Abraham Lincoln, 5/25/1949. (National Archives Identifier 12167664)

2: 75th Anniversary of D-Day

The runner up is Megan Huang’s post on D-day. 2019 marked the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, one of the most important moments of World War II.

Landings at Omaha Beach, 6/6/1944 (National Archives Identifier 513173)

1: What is Suffrage?

For the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, and the opening of the exhibit Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote, the post explaining suffrage was our most popular post of 2019!

Delegation of officers of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, 1917. (National Archives Identifier 533767)

Are you curious about what the most viewed posts in 2019 were? All these posts were published before 2019 but still get a ton of hits:

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