Dec
07

Eyewitness to a ‘Day of Infamy:’ Commemorating Pearl Harbor

Eyewitness to a ‘Day of Infamy:’ Commemorating Pearl Harbor

Today marks the 76th anniversary of the bombing of the Pearl Harbor naval base by the Japanese Imperial Navy. In commemoration of this anniversary, Patri O’Gan shares some letters from the collections of the American History Museum written by a civilian, Beth Slingerland, as she watched the attack from her home in the hills above Pearl Harbor. Continue reading Eyewitness to a ‘Day of Infamy:’ Commemorating Pearl Harbor

Aug
31

Sailor, statesman, symbol: Reflecting on John McCain and the Vietnam War

Sailor, statesman, symbol: Reflecting on John McCain and the Vietnam War

Arizona Senator John S. McCain III bid the nation farewell on August 25. For 60 years, McCain served the country either as a naval officer or as an elected official. The National Museum of American History asked curator Frank Blazich Jr. to reflect on the remarkable career of a man indelibly marked—like the country he served—by the Vietnam War. Continue reading Sailor, statesman, symbol: Reflecting on John McCain and the Vietnam War

May
01

May Day: America’s most traditional, radical, complicated holiday

May Day: America’s most traditional, radical, complicated holiday

From its earliest origins as a Roman festival of spring, May Day has evolved to celebrate everything from pagan fertility to the rights of the working man to a showcase for militaristic strength. Jordan Grant explores the complicated history of the holiday. Continue reading May Day: America’s most traditional, radical, complicated holiday

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