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September 8, 2017

The Fabric of America

An understanding of our history is key to making sense of our past and making plans for the future. While the first American rebellion (1776) began with the pulling down of King George’s statue, the second rebellion (1861) saw the striking of the Stars and Stripes of the United States. The rebels, believing themselves to be continuing the traditions of their fathers, reconstructed the flag by re-sewing the stripes of red, white, and blue as the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy.

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July 19, 2017

Picturing Protest: The Great Railroad Strike of 1877

Sometime after July 22, 1877, Pittsburgh photographer S. V. Albee captured an extraordinary series of photographs. Picturing burnt machinery and twisted debris, Albee documented the local aftermath of what scholars consider the first national labor action in the United States - the Great Railroad Strike of 1877.

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January 19, 2017

Your Ticket to the Inauguration

Presidential inaugurations are meaningful moments in our country’s history. Every four years, Americans watch the transition of power from one elected leader to another. For the outgoing president, the job of a lifetime comes to an end; the responsibilities, successes, failures, and joys of the job end at noon on Inauguration Day. For the president-elect, the stress of the campaign trail, the intensity of Election Day, and weeks of preparation culminate in this moment, when the job of a lifetime is just beginning.

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