Archive for December, 2012
In the late 1700s, as Americans fought for their independence, most men were clean-shaven. As we moved into the 1800s, however, facial hair—elaborate facial hair, at that—came back into style. Despite this shift, many men remained clean-shaven. A smooth face was often considered more professional and refined, but facial hair denoted ruggedness. It is not [...]
Posted by Nikita on December 14, 2012, under - Civil War, Facial Hair Fridays.
Tags: abraham lincoln, Cabinet, Caleb Blood Smith, civil war, John Usher, mustache, Postmaster General, Salmon Chase, Secretary of State, Secretary of the Interior, Secretary of the Treasury, secretary of war, Simon Cameron, William H. Seward, William H. Seward Jr.
If you thought the Presidential election was over and all the votes were counted, you’re wrong. The formal election is Monday, December 17, when “electors” meet in their respective state capitals to cast their votes for President and Vice President. Although the names Barack Obama and Mitt Romney appeared on the November ballot, you were [...]
Today’s blog post comes from National Archives social media intern Anna Fitzpatrick. Before the Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves, many men and women in bondage ran away from their owners to freedom. These escape attempts were dangerous, and not all of them were successful. Abolitionists sometimes helped slaves in their flight to freedom, like these [...]
Posted by Hilary on December 10, 2012, under - Civil Rights, - Civil War, - Constitution, Pennsylvania Avenue.
Tags: Emancipation Proclamation, EP 150, freedom, Jane Johnson, Philadelphia, slavery, Underground Railroad, Writ of Habeas Corpus
Since the new film Lincoln has spent a few weeks in theaters, we thought it’d be interesting to learn more about President Lincoln’s fantastically hairy cabinet. First up is Gideon Welles, who served as President Lincoln’s and then as President Johnson’s Secretary of the Navy from 1861 to 1869, the longest anyone had held the [...]
Posted by Nikita on December 7, 2012, under - Civil War, Facial Hair Fridays.
Tags: abraham lincoln, Andrew Jackson, andrew johnson, beard, Cabinet, civil war, Connecticut, facial hair, Gideon Welles, journalism, Norwich University, postmaster, Secretary of the Navy
The Roosevelts had planned for a “more homey” lighting of the National Christmas tree on December 24 in 1941. FDR had directed that the tree be moved from the Ellipse to the White House grounds, just next to the South Lawn Fountain. But after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, there [...]
Posted by Hilary on December 6, 2012, under - Presidents, - World War II, Pennsylvania Avenue.
Tags: Christmas, Christmas tree, Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, Eleanor Roosevelt, FDR, guest post, ornaments, Secret service, White House, World War II, WWII