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Women's Fashion During WWII (1941-1945)

From 1941-1945, nearly one in every three American men left home to serve in some WWII military capacity. Women in huge numbers were forced to enter the workplace to keep the economy running and supply civilian and military needs. Women's fashion dramatically changed during this time to reflect the change in labor patterns. Millions of women were now working labor-intensive jobs in factories, power plants, government organizations...

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Women Against Women's Right to Vote (1918)

In the decades leading up to the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920,  as the women's suffrage movement was growing, an anti-suffragist movement also emerged. Dozens of State and national anti-suffrage organizations were created. Many of the leaders of the anti-suffrage movement were actually women.  There were various reasons many women opposed allowing women to vote. Some women believed suffrage violated traditional gender roles and that voting would threaten the institution of family. They felt that women already had their own unique rights and responsibilities in the domestic sphere. Others felt the government would be weakened by an influx of ill-informed women who lacked knowledge about political issues that were beyond the scope of the domestic sphere. Some felt that giving...

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Nixon Declines to Obey Subpoena (1973)

In the letter below from President Nixon to Judge Sirica, Nixon states he refusal to obey the subpoena and turn over his tapes. Nixon cites the long historical precedent of U.S. Presidents not adhering to court orders, noting that official communications between government department heads...

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Iowa Statehood Request (1844)

On the 4th of July in 1838, the U.S. Congress established the Territory of Iowa, which had a population about roughly 23,000 at the time. A movement quickly emerged within Iowa to push for statehood and less than a decade later on December 28th, 1846 Iowa became the 29th...

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U.S.-Australian Relations in WWII (1941)

The history of U.S.-Australian relations largely dates back to the Battle of Hamel on the 4th of July, 1918. The Battle of Hamel was a successful join attack in WWI by the Australian and U.S. armies, aided by British tanks, against Germans in the Le Hamel area of Northern France. In WWII U.S. and Australian forces again...

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