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Uncle Sam: Flagg-Branded Through World Wars (Part 4 of 5)

Although cartoonist Thomas Nast had given Uncle Sam a familiar look, the personification of the United States government was aged, colorized, and seemingly animated by a famous magazine illustrator who’s last name was, appropriately enough, Flagg. James Montgomery Flagg was 39… Read More ›

The Black Peep Scandal: An Easter Candy Mystery & The Father of the Jellybean

Fruitcake at Christmas, hot dogs on July Fourth, beer for St. Patrick’s, turkey on Thanksgiving. And, the quintessential American food favorite for Easter? Surpassing the hard-boiled matter once those decorated eggs are cracked, not to mention asparagus, jellybeans, lamb or ham, and… Read More ›

A First Lady’s Princess Complex: Royalty, Racism & Edith Wilson’s Pocahontas Blood

This is the second to last article in a series on First Ladies’ ancestral identities. Previous articles on Michelle Obama, Jacqueline Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Florence Harding, Pat Nixon, Hillary Clinton can be found by searching at right, in the categories… Read More ›

Red, White & Betsy Ross: No, She Didn’t! (Did She?) Plus Bizarre Betsyabilia

There’s good reason why Pennsylvania not only recognizes Independence Day as a national holiday, but also Flag Day as a state holiday. It ‘s all because of that Elizabeth Claypoole. Mrs. Ross, to you. Like Plymouth Rock and George Washington cutting down… Read More ›

New Evidence Tells Truth of George Washington’s Cherry Tree Tale

For generations, American school children hung classrooms with red-paper hatchets and cherries to honor the first President on his February 22 birthday. Through all those years, kids were told George Washington couldn’t tell a lie and when asked by his… Read More ›

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