We here at the National Archives noticed that many politicians these days use Twitter to deliver messages. Often this involves using numbers instead of letters, and symbols to convey a complex point in just a few words. So we asked our readers: “what if the authors of the Bill of Rights only had 140 characters [...]
Posted by Rob Crotty on December 14, 2010, under - Constitution, - Revolutionary War, News and Events, Rare Videos.
Tags: bill of rights, Founding Fathers, History tweet, NARA, national archives, National Archives Official Blog, Tweet the Bill of Rights, twitter contest, us history
You may have noticed that things look a little different on our website today. That’s because the National Archives just received a digital makeover, streamlining our look and feel and moving some items around on the back end too. While overhauling our website may be our most visible change here, we’ve been making improvements all [...]
Posted by Rob Crotty on December 13, 2010, under News and Events.
Tags: history, NARA, National Archives Official Blog, National Archives website, opengov, social media, social media at the National Archives
It’s not all downhill for you, Jodi! In fact, things are looking up since you won last week’s photo caption contest earning you 30% off at the National Archives eStore. The original caption? “Party ‘nature sliding’ on the perpetual snow slopes below Paradise Glacier.” Yes, folks back in ’17 really knew how to cut loose. [...]
Sixty-nine years ago today, the Congress of the United States declared war following the delivery of a speech by Franklin Delano Roosevelt that included these words: “Yesterday … a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked … With confidence in our armed forces–with the unbounding [...]
Posted by Rob Crotty on December 8, 2010, under - World War II, Rare Videos.
Tags: award winning documentary, cartoons, history of World War II, its a wonderful life director, National Archives Official Blog, propaganda, Rare Videos, walt disney, why we fight, world war films, WW2 films, WWII films
The year 1861 was a dire one for the United States. In its opening months, five southern states joined South Carolina in seceding from the Union. In the recent 1860 election, the victor Abraham Lincoln hadn’t even appeared on the ballots of a third of the states in the Union. A bloody civil war loomed. [...]
Posted by Rob Crotty on December 7, 2010, under - Civil Rights, - Civil War, - Constitution.
Tags: 13th amendment, civil war history, compromise, history of slavery, legal slavery, National Archives Official Blog, strange but true