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Stamp Act of 1765 – Pic of the Week

Saturday marked the 250th anniversary of the passage of the Virginia Resolves on the Stamp Act, one of colonial America’s most important expressions of protest against the policies of the British government in London. The focus of the objections that the House of Burgesses raised in the Virginia Resolves was the Stamp Act of 1765, a piece […]

Mother’s Day – Pic of the Week

“Heroic women of America: Mary Washington,” Mary Washington welcoming her son, George Washington from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) As this Sunday, May 10, is Mother’s Day, I figured this was a great opportunity to pay tribute to the “first mother” of the United States–Mary Ball Washington.  But before we go […]

International Law Books – Pics of the Week

This week the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law is taking place in Washington, D.C.  Peter wrote about attending the conference a couple of years ago.  Several of our staff members are attending various seminars, where they will learn about the latest developments in international law from scholars and practitioners from all […]

Senator Hiram Revels

In celebration of African American History Month, our picture of the week is of Hiram Revels, the first African American to serve in the United States Senate. Revels was born a free man in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 1827.  He was first apprenticed as a barber, learning the trade from an older brother, and later […]

Final Magna Carta Gallery Talk – Pic of the Week

For me the Library of Congress exhibition, Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor, actually began on November 5th, a day before the exhibit was open to the public.  Those of us who were fortunate enough to be docents for the exhibit had the privilege of meeting with Christopher Woods, director of the British National Conservation Service, […]