Category Archives: American history

“Scared Red”: House Un-American Activities Committee Pamphlets

*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections. Throughout most of the twentieth century, there was an invisible war between democracy and communism. The most noticeable occurrence was between the United States and the … Continue reading

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Leading the Future: Rare Land Grants of Founding Father, Patrick Henry

*Post written by Aaron Allen, student assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections. Most people would never think of Virginia as part of the United States’ western boundary; however, this was not always the case. Through much of the … Continue reading

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A Nation Divided: Confederate States of America War Bonds

*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections. The Confederate States of America was a group of eleven Southern states who seceded the Union following the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 because of … Continue reading

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The New England Connection: Isaac Lyon & John Quincy Adams

*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections. Located in the Isaac Lyon collection (MSS 068) holds a correspondence written by a prominent American politician in 1831. Who? It was John Quincy Adams, son … Continue reading

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Blogging down Route 66:The Road to Americana Part 1

When you think of uniquely American culture, what comes to mind? The American Melting Pot? Bald Eagles? Tailgating, cheap beer and football? Put all those together, and you get Americana- which is basically defined as artifacts related to the history, … Continue reading

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