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The History of Benefits in America

The widespread social benefits program of America began during the Civil War. A deceased Union soldier’s widow and orphans could draw a salary as of 1982. By 1890, Union soldiers drew disability pensions, and by 1906 they received old-age pensions. Despite that, there was no move by the Federal government to institute benefits in general society. By 1882, the Alfred Dodge Company started giving pensions to its long-time employees. However,… Read More »

Most Influential First Ladies in History

Often times there are aspects of our everyday lives that make us ponder history. As the 2016 election comes more and more near, there are many who are focusing on current and former First Ladies of the United States of America. Certainly the forerunner of the Democratic party is currently Hillary Clinton. However, there are those tossing out Michelle Obama’s name, too, for the next President of the United States.… Read More »

Barnstormers: The History of a Short-Lived Commercial Venture

I’m an old army dog. I joined in the ‘90s and spent a while working in Army Aviation as grease monkey, fixing broken helicopters and swearing at the flight suit inserts that broke them. In spite of the fact that the AH-64A is doubtlessly the ugliest, dirtiest hanger queen I’ve ever had the displeasure of being around I still love that bird years after I got out. It seems that… Read More »

Unification of America During the 1950s and 60s

During the 1950s and 60s, America became a more unified nation. This is not to say that all aspects of American culture and class were equal; however, the nation, as a whole, was making excellent strides to becoming “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” The unification of the American people and the slowdown in discrimination of class status was not an overnight miracle fix; it… Read More »

Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944: The Affluence of America in the Mid-20th Century

As World War II came to an end, Congress saw fit to pass the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, now commonly referred to as the GI Bill. This bill, created to provide financial assistance to those coming home from war, had a greater impact on American society and economics than could have ever been foreseen by members of Congress. This Act would lead to the growth of the automobile industry,… Read More »

The Irony of the Freedom Train and the Loss of American Rights

With the start of the Cold War, an ironic twist of fate occurred in regards to America’s freedoms. The United States, having just fought a world war in the name of democracy, was now going to impede upon the rights of its own citizens in the fight against communism. On September 17, 1947, the American government allowed the Freedom Train to pull away onto the American railway. This train, painted… Read More »