Harlan County, Kentucky, 1946...
Franklin D. Sergent sledding home household coal from the mine. The company charges $2.80 monthly for household coal, designating certain coal which the miners may haul away themselves; if the company does the hauling a charge of $1.50 per ton is made for haulage. P V & K Coal Company, Clover Gap Mine, Lejunior, Harlan County, Kentucky., September 12, 1946...
National Archives Russell Lee photographer
U.S. Declaration of War on Germany
The President's Message
To the Congress of the United States:
On the morning of December 11 the Government of Germany, pursuing its course of world conquest, declared war against the United States.
The long-known and the long-expected has thus taken place. The forces endeavoring to enslave the entire world now are moving toward this hemisphere.
Never before has there been a greater challenge to life, liberty and civilization.
The following is a collection of dispatches relevant to the topic. Care should be taken in noting that not all the information enclosed was known to all parties and that some of the coded messages were not deciphered until well after the commencement of hostilities.
To: Tokyo Date: 16 Jan. 41
Japanese Note to the United States December 7, 1941
(Generally referred to as the "Fourteen Part Message")
(Dept. of State Bulletin, Vol. V, No. 129, Dec. 13, 1941)
On November 26 the Secretary of State handed to the Japanese representatives a document which stated the principles governing the policies of the Government of the United States toward the situation in the Far East and setting out suggestions for a comprehensive peaceful settlement covering the entire Pacific area.
The History of Veteran’s Day
November 11, or what has come to be known as Veteran’s Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor Armistice Day the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislature that was passed in 1938, November 11 was dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as Armistice Day. As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.
What The World Was Like When Your Grandparents Were Born?
Independent since 1776, the United States of America is 243 years old. With the average life expectancy now hovering around 80 years, that means the entire history of the country—from powdered wigs to the Internet of Things—spans a little more than just three back-to-back modern human lifetimes. Historically, America is a young country.