Top 10 of 2020

As we put 2020 into the past, we’re taking a look back on the most popular posts published this year. Thank you to the National Archives staff who helped us share our love of history.  

10. The fourth installment of a series about unratified constitutional amendments, Unratified Amendments: Regulating Child Labor, explored an amendment proposed during the Progressive Era to regulate working children. 

At machine is Stanislaus Beauvais, has worked in spinning room for two years, Salem, Massachusetts, by Lewis Hine, 10/26/1911. (National Archives Identifier 523485)

9. As part of our series commemorating the anniversary of the Woman Suffrage Amendment, ninth place goes to 19th Amendment at 100: Mary Church Terrell.

Mary Church Terrell. (Records of the United States Information Agency, National Archives)

8. February’s Facial Hair Friday: the First President Not Clean-shaven was all about the first President with facial hair: John Quincy Adams.

John Quincy Adams, undated. (National Archives Identifier 528668)

7. In seventh place is Amending the Electoral College: The 12th Amendment, which looked at the origins of the Electoral College and how it has been changed.

6. Little Boy: The First Atomic Bomb from Michael J. Hancock, marked the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb.

Col. Paul W. Tibbets, Jr., pilot of the Enola Gay, waves from the cockpit before takeoff, August 6, 1945. (National Archives Identifier 535737)

5. Unratified Amendments—the kick-off to the series about amendments that Congress proposed but were not ratified by a sufficient number of states—delved deeper into what was supposed to be the original first amendment.  

Senate Revisions to House Proposed Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, September 2-9, 1789. (National Archives Identifier 3535588)

4. In celebration of the movie musical version of Hamilton, My Name is Alex Hamilton highlights two Hamilton-related documents from our holdings.  

Alexander Hamilton’s Oath of Allegiance, May 12, 1778. (National Archives Identifier 2524343)

3. In the third spot is Lori Norris’s post on the World War II–era actress who invented Wi-Fi: Hedy Lamarr.

Actress Hedy Lamarr, ca. 1949. (Harry S. Truman Library, National Archives)

2. Coming in at number two is Michael J. Hancock’s look at the The 1824 Presidential Election and the “Corrupt Bargain.”

Tally of the 1824 Electoral College Vote, 2/9/1825. (National Archives Identifier 306207)

1. Not surprising after the year we’ve had, the most-viewed post published in 2020 was an update to an earlier post from Megan Huang, “Wear a Mask and Save Your Life: The 1918 Flu Pandemic.”

Masks for protection against influenza. 1700 of these masks were distributed by policemen to all police stations, to be used whenever duty calls, 1918. (National Archives Identifier 45499349)

Want to know what the most viewed posts in 2020 were? All these posts were published before this year but still get a ton of views:

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