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Profile America: Voter Registration

Profile America: Voter Registration

Tuesday, March 7 — The right to vote began to receive some supervision more than two centuries ago, when Massachusetts acted on this date in 1801 to register voters. At that time, the franchise was limited to men — usually those […]

Profile America: Mandatory Vaccinations

Profile America: Mandatory Vaccinations

Monday, March 6 — Seemingly out of nowhere, the issue of mandatory vaccinations has been in the news in recent years. But governmental involvement in vaccination traces back to this date in 1810. That’s when Massachusetts enacted a law to “diffuse the […]

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Profile America: FM Radio Debuts

Profile America: FM Radio Debuts

Sunday, March 5 — FM radio is 76 years old. In March 1941, the first commercial FM station went on the air — W47NV in Nashville, Tennessee. FM —standing for frequency modulation — was first proposed in a scientific paper written […]

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Profile America: Jeannette Rankin

Saturday, March 4 — The first woman to serve in Congress took her seat on this date 100 years ago. Barely a month later, Jeannette Rankin of Montana became one of the few representatives to vote against entry into World War […]

Profile America: Child Labor

Profile America: Child Labor

Friday, March 3 — Children have worked for family enterprises like farms and small shops for countless generations. But child labor in mines and the often-dangerous factories arising from the Industrial Revolution was quickly regarded as a social ill. In response, […]

the Savings Bank of the Grand Fountain, United Order of True Reformers, it founded on this date in 1888 by former slave and Union Army veteran William Washington Browne.

American Profile: First Black-Owned Bank

Thursday, March 2 — The capital of the vanquished Confederacy was the site of the first chartered black-owned bank in the U.S.  Known as the Savings Bank of the Grand Fountain, United Order of True Reformers, it founded on this date […]

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Profile America: Women’s History Month

Profile America: Women’s History Month

Wednesday, March 1 — This is Women’s History Month — a time to recognize the often overlooked vision, courage, and accomplishments of the nation’s women. One example is Clara Barton, who ministered to wounded soldiers in the Civil War and went […]

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Profile America: Model Railroad

Profile America: Model Railroad

Tuesday, February 28 — Although February is the calendar’s shortest month, it looms large in America’s history of railroad development. In 1815, the first state charter for a railroad was issued by New Jersey for a never-completed line between Trenton and […]

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Profile America: Charlotte Ray

Profile America: Charlotte Ray

Monday, February 27 — On this date in 1872, America’s third female law student was graduated. But this third was a first. Charlotte Ray was a freeborn African-American, and the first black woman to graduate law school. With her degree from […]

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Profile America: Immigration Czech

Profile America: Immigration Czech

Sunday, February 26 — Immigration as an item of government involvement appeared on Colonial America’s shores 351 years ago. Born in Bohemia, essentially today’s Czech Republic, Auguste Herman came to the New World initially to work for the Dutch colony of […]

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Profile America: Legal Tender

Profile America: Legal Tender

Saturday, February 25 — Paper money has circulated in North America since 1690, when the Massachusetts Bay Colony issued some to paper over — so to speak — the shortage of coins. But these were just promissory notes from governing bodies. […]

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Profile America: Tiffany Family Jewels

Profile America: Tiffany Family Jewels

Friday, February 24 — A baby boy, whose name came to mean quality and brilliant design, was born this month in 1848—Louis Comfort Tiffany. After making his mark independently, in 1902 he became the artistic director of his father’s already famous […]

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Profile America: Car Insurance

Profile America: Car Insurance

Thursday, February 23 — Car insurance is both required and a major item in the budget of many households. The idea of insuring cars against accidents began this month in 1898 when the Traveler’s Insurance Company issued a policy to Dr. […]

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Profile America: Early Presidential Radio

Profile America: Early Presidential Radio

Wednesday, February 22 — The history of radio and the presidency seems to center entirely on Franklin Roosevelt’s famous “fireside chats” beginning in 1933 in the depths of the Depression. But the first president to address the nation from the White […]

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Profile America: First Telephone Directory

Profile America: First Telephone Directory

Tuesday, February 21 — In the early days of the telephone, knowing who had one and what the number was quickly became a problem. The first telephone directory in the U.S. was published on this date in 1878 in New Haven, […]

by · February 21, 2017 · Profile America