Author: Hope Thompson

Hope Thompson is the editor and publisher of Unmasked History Magazine. She has been a freelance journalist for seven years and has published articles for popular media websites such as CandidSlice.com. Her focus has been on the hidden history, Native American culture, activism, politics and Appalachian and Southern folklore and traditions.

How The Great Depression and Walt Disney Made Haunted Houses a Cult Icon


Leaving your front porch light on for trick-or-treater’s has a more sinister history behind the tradition.

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The US Constitution and The Citizens Almanac: Nine Obligations Americans Are Bound to Uphold


So what are these obligated responsibilities we as Americans are bound to in addition to the US Constitution?

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Quiz: Can You Answer These Rarely Known Questions About the US Constitution?


Test your knowledge! A recent survey by Newsweek suggests that 70% of Americans do not know the basics of our US Constitution and 57% of Americans have never read the Constitution.

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School House Rock “No More Kings” is Great to Watch on Constitution Day!


Have we forgotten the truth in this simple song? If it’s been a while since you checked out “No More Kings” by School House Rock, Constitution Day is the perfect day to do it.

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American Life Before the US Constitution – Educating Kids


It’s Constitution Week! Unmasked History Magazine is celebrating Constitution Day highlighting the most important document of our history – The U.S. Constitution. Check out this video to teach your kids about how American life was like before our US Constitution was created and ratified.

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Murder Mystery: 50 years later, Van Auker slaying remains unsolved in small North Carolina town


Chatham County, N.C. The residents of Twin Falls, Idaho expressed shock after hearing a prominent and well-known member of their community had been murdered while on a business trip to Siler City, North Carolina. More than 50 years later, the baffling murder mystery still remains unsolved.

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Flu Masks and Onions: Wacky Cures and Remedies During the 1918 Spanish Influenza Pandemic


Between 1918 and early 1919, Spanish influenza became the deadliest plague since the Black Death of the Middle Ages. 

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Folklife: The little wartime pamphlet that sold over 3 million copies in 1943


The best selling book of 1943 was a little pamphlet entitled “Victory Garden” published by the Department of Agriculture. With the recent events of “The Great Pause” of 2020, quarantined families are beginning to get back to gardening and growing their own food. With possible food shortages amid the COVID19 pandemic on the rise, this is nothing new for Americans.

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Richard Petty and North Carolina’s Last NASCAR Dirt Track Race


The State Fairgrounds Speedway, located in Raleigh, North Carolina was a half-mile oval dirt racetrack that sponsored auto races for NASCAR’s top series in 1955, 1969 and 1970.  Now known as “The King” of NASCAR Hall of Famer, Richard Petty won the last Grand National race on the dirt track.  Although the track is no longer used as a motor speedway, the grandstand, now called the Sam G. Rand Grandstand, still remains and is used today for events held at the North Carolina State Fair.

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Johnny Carson and the Great Toilet Paper Shortage of 1973

Through a comedy of errors, this mostly forgotten piece of history concerns Johnny Carson, toilet paper and millions of fearful Americans.

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