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History: Four New Digital Collections Available Online From the Library of Congress

1. American Leaders Speak: Recordings from World War I
“The Nation’s Forum recordings were made between 1918 and 1920 in an effort to preserve the voices of prominent Americans; in most cases, they are the only surviving recordings of a speaker.”
2. Millard Fillmore Papers
“The papers of Millard Fillmore (1800-1874), educator, U.S. representative from New York, vice president, and thirteenth president of the United States, contain approximately thirty-five items spanning the years 1839-1925, with the bulk dating from 1839 to 1870. The collection includes correspondence relating primarily to political issues such as slavery, Compromise of 1850, Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, Kansas-Nebraska Act, John Brown’s 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and congressional politics.”
3. Franklin Pierce Papers
“The papers of Franklin Pierce (1804-1869), army officer, representative and senator from New Hampshire, and fourteenth president of the United States, contain approximately 2,350 items dating from 1820 to 1869. They include correspondence, a photostatic copy of a diary kept by Pierce while serving in the Mexican War, drafts of Pierce’s messages to Congress, and an engraved portrait. Pierce’s correspondence relates chiefly to his service in the Mexican War, public affairs, and national politics.”
4. Samuel J. Gibson Diary and Correspondence
“The papers of Union soldier Samuel J. Gibson (1833-1878) consist of a diary kept by Gibson in 1864 while serving with Company B, 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, and a letter to his wife while held as a prisoner at Camp Sumter in Georgia, the Confederate prisoner of war camp commonly known as Andersonville Prison.”
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You can't remember the Holocaust without mentioning Jews (Commentary)

You can't remember the Holocaust without mentioning Jews (Commentary) | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
By intentionally omitting 6 million Jewish victims from remembrance day statement, President Trump opened door to historical revisionism, co-writes a Colgate professor.
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How Britain--with Roald Dahl, Ian Fleming and Noel Coward--tried to influence the US election in 1940

How Britain--with Roald Dahl, Ian Fleming and Noel Coward--tried to influence the US election in 1940 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
They used dirty tricks, planted fake and misleading stories, set up a fake polling organization and funded the opponents of politicians they disliked. The goal was to change US public opinion and manipulate its political leadership toward helping Britain defeat Nazi Germany.
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30 Of The Most Important Articles By People Of Color In 2016

30 Of The Most Important Articles By People Of Color In 2016 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
For the second year in a row, we’ve curated a list of essays and articles that defined conversations about race, pop culture, politics and identity in 2016. They cover a wide array of topics, from reactions to the election of Donald Trump, to the huge role young black people play in internet culture, to the genius of James Baldwin. The criteria is simple: all pieces on this list were written by a person of color and published within the last year online.
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Thanks to a generous donation, access to the Churchill Archive for Schools and the Churchill Archive is available – at no cost – to high schools in the United States and Canada.

Thanks to a generous donation, access to the Churchill Archive for Schools and the Churchill Archive is available – at no cost – to high schools in the United States and Canada. | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A digital library of modern international history including more than 800,000 pages of original documents, produced between 1874 and 1965. Documents range from Churchill’s personal correspondence to exchanges between the great leaders of the 19th and 20th centuries including Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The Archive includes unique teaching aids with original extended essays and overviews designed around courses that link to rich selections of documents from the Archive.
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Flying Heritage Museum assembles online archive of interviews | HeraldNet.com

Flying Heritage Museum assembles online archive of interviews | HeraldNet.com | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The project, which was 15 years in the making, goes live Wednesday, the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. All 335 video interviews — some of which are two hours long — will be available on the Flying Heritage Collection’s website at www.flyingheritage.com/chronicles.
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US National Archives launches new collection of free historical GIFs

US National Archives launches new collection of free historical GIFs | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is getting into GIFs. The agency in charge of preserving the nation's most significant documents, images, and video, has started a new channel on Giphy, and is filling it with a mix curious and historical content. So far, NARA has only uploaded around 150 GIFs, but the channel will be updated continually.
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One Hundred Years in the Making: The National Museum of African American History & Culture

One Hundred Years in the Making: The National Museum of African American History & Culture | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Not in D.C.? You Can Still Engage With the NMAAHC

Right now, you can explore over 7,000 of the artifacts featured in the NMAAHC with your students via the museum’s website.

To expand the experience, search for “African American” at the Smithsonian Learning Lab for over 17,000 results that can be filtered, downloaded, shared and “favorited.” Select the “Learning Lab Collections” tab to explore specific images and objects in depth. You’ll find learning materials provided by the Smithsonian’s education staff, including lesson plans and ideas, activities and discussion questions. Each Learning Lab Collection is also labeled by subject (e.g., civics, U.S. history, writing and literature) and age level.
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Teaching 9/11, Fifteen Years Later

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This September 11th is the 15th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon that killed almost 3000 Americans and ushered us into what was once called the “Global War on Terror,” but now lacks a suitable title.
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Huntington Library sets out to decode thousands of Civil War telegrams hidden for a century: 'It's mind-boggling'

Huntington Library sets out to decode thousands of Civil War telegrams hidden for a century: 'It's mind-boggling' | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Huntington Library has launched a crowdsourcing project in which volunteers will transcribe or decipher nearly 16,000 Civil War telegrams from Abraham Lincoln, his Cabinet and Army officers.
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Unbury the Past: Apps and Websites for Exploring Ancient Worlds | Mix It Up

Unbury the Past: Apps and Websites for Exploring Ancient Worlds | Mix It Up | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A selection of engaging apps and websites that shed light on ancient cultures.
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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Good Google Tools for Social Studies Students

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Good Google Tools for Social Studies Students | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Richard Byrne describes and explains 5 Google tools that can be used in Social Studies work: Maps & Earth, Newspaper Archive, Books, Scholar, and Timeline JS.

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What do pilgrim badges tell us about emotion in the Middle Ages?

What do pilgrim badges tell us about emotion in the Middle Ages? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
How can dirty marks in an old book help us access a medieval reader’s emotions? Why is it important that we try to establish such connections? The history of emotions is a new field but one that encourages a wider public engagement with history. Emotions are accessible: we all understand and experience anger, pity, love and hate. These feelings help us make links to those who previously expressed them and open up new pathways to understand how people in the past felt about their world. Historians search literary and documentary evidence for publicly expressed emotions, if not interior feelings.
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View Daily Life in a Japanese-American Internment Camp Through the Lens of Ansel Adams

View Daily Life in a Japanese-American Internment Camp Through the Lens of Ansel Adams | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

In 1943, one of America’s best-known photographers documented one of the best-known internment camps
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CIA releases 13m pages of declassified documents online - BBC News

CIA releases 13m pages of declassified documents online - BBC News | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Intelligence briefings, flying saucer sightings and psychic tests are all part of the archive.
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The White House Announces Several New Tools to Access Archived Social Media From the Obama Administration

The White House Announces Several New Tools to Access Archived Social Media From the Obama Administration | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
This is how we're starting to preserve the archive of the first Social Media presidency.
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A vast and growing resource for students, historians and photography lovers

Searchable resource contains 110,000 photographers and others involved in photographic production.
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What Happened to America’s Most Precious Documents After Pearl Harbor?

What Happened to America’s Most Precious Documents After Pearl Harbor? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Librarians and archivists made sure the nation’s records didn’t become casualties of World War II
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Newly Released Maps Show How Housing Discrimination Happened

Newly Released Maps Show How Housing Discrimination Happened | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

A new online collection of documents shows historical bigotry in banking and real estate:  https://dsl.richmond.edu/panorama/redlining/#loc=12/42.2670/-70.9980&opacity=0.49&city=quincy-ma&text=intro

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Five myths about the Middle Ages

Five myths about the Middle Ages | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Don’t believe “Game of Thrones”: Medieval Europe wasn’t racially homogenous.
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The Challenges and Opportunities of Teaching 9/11

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The Challenges and Opportunities of Teaching 9/11
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Digital Troves, Providing Insights and Reuniting Antiquities

Digital Troves, Providing Insights and Reuniting Antiquities | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Databases are shedding light on the ancient rulers as well as the Europeans and Americans who dug at historic sites.
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President Obama Will Visit Hiroshima This Week – Here Are Related Resources

President Obama Will Visit Hiroshima This Week – Here Are Related Resources | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
President Obama will be visiting Hiroshima this week, and will be the first sitting president to do so (interestingly, apparently the Japanese Prime Minister may be visiting Pearl Harbor later this…
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How Scientific Celebrity Hurts Science

How Scientific Celebrity  Hurts Science | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The veneration of an individual figure is a profound distortion of the collective nature of research.
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A Question of Interpretation | History Today

A Question of Interpretation | History Today | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
'Truth Presenting a Mirror to the Vanities', Dutch, c.1625 I recently read an amateur review of a history book with which I am familiar, which stated: ‘It is just an interpretation.’ The phrase has stayed with me, my mind lingering on the injustice of the ‘just’. What could the writer possibly mean by this attempted insult? By ‘interpretation’ did he or she really mean ‘speculation’? For an interpretation is based on evidence. What do the public think history – as a discipline, as a subject – is? Is anyone under any illusions that what historians write is ever anything but an interpretation?
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