Uncategorized – us-history.com http://us-history.com Fri, 20 Dec 2013 14:53:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 Historical wall décor http://us-history.com/historical-wall-decor/ http://us-history.com/historical-wall-decor/#respond Thu, 27 Jun 2013 07:08:28 +0000 http://us-history.com/?p=140 As anybody with any experience in the field of interior design will tell you, it is always a good idea to take notice of past trends in historical wall décor.

Once you look into the many varieties of historical wall décor, you will see just how wide a range of designs and styles have been used throughout the past. From Bombay wall decor to the vinyl wallpaper of the sixties and seventies, a truly astounding number of wall decors have been invented throughout history.

Historical wall décor can arguably be traced back to the ancient world. The earliest surviving forms of art include cave paintings; later civilisations, such as those of Egypt and Rome, came up with many fascinating approaches to wall art which continue to influence designers of wall décor to this very day.

In the nineteenth century, designer William Morris raised the humble process of putting together a wallpaper pattern into a fine art – his work went beyond mere decoration and achieved new levels of beauty. His many elegant and stylish wallpaper designs are still revered by pattern artists today, and their influence can still be felt in any number of shop-bought wallpaper patterns.

If we were to look at one genre of historical wall décor which combined aesthetics from the distant past with cutting-edge contemporary design, the perfect choice would be the art deco boom of the 1920s. This movement took design elements from areas as far afield as ancient Greece and feudal Japan, and has been used for all manner of historical wall décor from wall carvings to hung mirrors.

As you can see, anybody with an interest in popular or decorative art can learn a great amount from historical wall décor. There have been countless movements, and each of these, in turn, took its inspiration from many movements and styles which came before it. Once you begin to look at historical wall décor, you will be able to get a feel for the true heart and soul of an era.

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Harley Davidson: A Legendary History http://us-history.com/harley-davidson-a-legendary-history/ http://us-history.com/harley-davidson-a-legendary-history/#respond Fri, 24 May 2013 12:36:56 +0000 http://us-history.com/?p=130 From a 1901 engine blueprint, to the first production machine in 1903, and on to the latest, 122 horsepower, V-Rod Muscle, Harley Davidson have been building iconic motorcycles for over a century. From inauspicious beginnings in a 10 x 15-foot wooden shed with “Harley Davidson Motor Company” scrawled crudely across the door, the company have continued to defined the motorcycle’s visceral appeal.

The engine is the beating heart of every motorcycle and Harley Davidson have been responsible for some enduring designs. The first V-Twin engines were introduced in 1909, with the “F-head” following in 1911, the latter remaining a Harley Davidson workhorse until 1929 when the 45 cubic inch V-Twin was introduced, remaining in service in various guises until 1973.

During both World Wars, Harley Davidson supplied increasing numbers of motorcycles to the US military. In 1918, almost half of all motorcycles produced by the company were sold for military use and production of civilian motorcycles ceased almost entirely during World War Two. During both conflicts, the Quartermasters’ School familiarised army mechanics with the specifics of the Harley Davidson repair manuals.

By November 1945, production of Harley Davidsons for the civilian market had resumed and, by the early 1950’s, the side-valved K model (which would later evolve into the Sportster) had been introduced, partly as a response to smaller, more agile British motorcycles.

Harley Davidson motorcycles also have an illustrious sporting pedigree, recording many Daytona 200 and National Championship victories. In 1970, Cal Rayborn set the land speed record for a motorcycle at Bonneville, averaging over 265mph on a streamlined, Sportster-engined machine.

The evolution of Harley Davidson motorcycles continues but preserves the marque’s genetic heritage. The XL Forty-Eight is an example of this evolution, combining modern mechanical integrity with a design evoking the rawness of early custom Sportsters, while the race-inspired V-Rod, a modern performance machine introduced in 2001, combines fuel injection, overhead cams and liquid cooling with styling that is unmistakeably Harley Davidson.

To prove the company’s legacy, in 2003, 250,000 bikers congregated in Milwaukee for the company’s centennial celebrations, just one more milestone in a remarkable history.

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Barack Obama http://us-history.com/barack-obama/ http://us-history.com/barack-obama/#respond Mon, 01 Oct 2012 09:53:59 +0000 http://oneclick.i.biz/instances/www.us-history.com/?p=89 Barack Obama is the 44th and current President of the United States of America. He is the first African-American to hold the office. Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to an American mother and Kenyan father, who left the family. Obama spent part of his childhood in Indonesia after his mother remarried before returning to Hawaii and later Occidental College in California. He then graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Harvard Law Review.

He was a community organizer in Chicago before becoming a civil rights attorney and later taught at the University of Chicago Law School. Barack Obama served three terms in the Illinois State Senate from 1997 to 2004 and had an unsuccessful campaign for the United States House of Representatives in 2000. In 2004 he raised his profile dramatically during an acclaimed speech at the Democratic National Convention. He then won his campaign for United States Senate that fall, representing the state of Illinois. He defeated Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2008 and then defeated Republican Senator John McCain in the Presidential election. He took the oath of office on January 20, 2009. Soon after taking office Barack Obama was announced as the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009.

While President, Barack Obama signed two key pieces of legislation in response to the recession. He signed an economic stimulus package called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, followed by the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. He also signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, repealed the policy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell regarding gays in the military, and pulled troops out of Iraq while increasing levels in Afghanistan. Barack Obama gave the final order to proceed when Navy SEALS found and killed Osama Bin Laden.

Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare. The legislation has faced much criticism and many lawsuits and was struck down in parts by the United States Supreme Court, though much of it stands. His administration has also faced some controversy regarding an operation called Fast and Furious, in which guns were sold to Mexican gangs without being tracked and were later used in the murder of a US Border Patrol Agent.

Barack Obama is running for reelection this coming November.

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