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The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
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How Paperbacks Helped the U.S. Win World War II

How Paperbacks Helped the U.S. Win World War II | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Armed Services Editions sparked correspondence between soldiers and authors, lifted “The Great Gatsby” from obscurity, and created a new audience of readers back home.

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Cult of the Spankers: the X-rated artists who turned Times Square into smut central

Cult of the Spankers: the X-rated artists who turned Times Square into smut central | Cultural History | Scoop.it
US authorities tried to ban them, but a gang of artists, models and writers made a living from dirty books sold under-the-counter in 1950s New York. Enter a world of Raw Dames and superheroes
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Blackfeet Crafts John C. Ewers Vintage Native American Handcrafts United States Indian Service Arts History Dept Interior 1945

Blackfeet Crafts John C. Ewers Vintage Native American Handcrafts United States Indian Service Arts History Dept Interior 1945 | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Blackfeet Crafts by John C. Ewers, Curator, Museum of the Plains Indian, Browning, Montana. Number 9 in the series on Indian Handcrafts from the
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The Ancient Paths: Discovering the Lost Map of Celtic Europe, review - Telegraph

The Ancient Paths: Discovering the Lost Map of Celtic Europe, review - Telegraph | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Tim Martin has his eyes opened by an enthralling new history that argues that Druids created a sophisticated ancient society to rival the Romans
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The End of the Negro Writer: Julian Mayfield, John Henrik Clarke, and James Baldwin

Dr. Lawrence Jackson, Professor of English and African American Studies at Emory University and author of The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics, 1934-1960

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What were Tolkien's politics? The Letters of J.R.R.Tolkien

What were Tolkien's politics? The Letters of J.R.R.Tolkien | Cultural History | Scoop.it
What do the letters of J.R.R.Tolkien tell us about his politics.
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An African Princess Who Stood Unafraid Among Nazis

An African Princess Who Stood Unafraid Among Nazis | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Between 1939 and 1946, Fatima Massaquoi penned one of the earliest known autobiographies by an African woman. But few outside of Liberian circles were aware of it until this week, when Palgrave McMillian published The Autobiography of an African Princess, edited by two historians and the author's daughter. The book...
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Amazon link to the book itself: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0230609589/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0230609589&linkCode=as2&tag=glamkitllc-20


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'Roman' roads were actually built by the Celts, new book claims - Telegraph

'Roman' roads were actually built by the Celts, new book claims  - Telegraph | Cultural History | Scoop.it
The myth of straight Roman roads has been exposed by a new book which claims the extraordinary engineering feats were the work of the Celts. ('Roman' roads were actually built by the Celts, new book claims..

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There are many questions on who constructed these long roads shown in the pictures. There is a suggestion that the Romans were the ones in charge of constructing the long roads.

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Beacon Broadside: A Queer History of the United States

Beacon Broadside: A Queer History of the United States | Cultural History | Scoop.it

And let’s not forget that the Civil War deaths were fairly personal: you actually shot people or you bayonetted them and they were right in front of you. You did not get to be in a tank and shoot people who were 50, 150 yards away from you. The sheer amount of death was devastating to the men who fought in the Civil War, and who survived. So when we hear the Walt Whitman poems, it’s just this endless elegy to male beauty, to male sentiment, to the uniqueness of men—and quite sexualized, often, within Whitman's poetry and in his journals. On the other hand we have… not the image of the brave Union soldier or brave “Johnny Reb,” but in fact the young vulnerable boy who has simply been torn apart. So the male body becomes here, and we see this later in World War II, which we'll discuss in a later podcast, we see the male body completely heroicized and lionized for being brave, and at the same time pitiable in its vulnerability.

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Mr. Hornaday's War: How a Peculiar Victorian Zookeeper Waged a Lonely Crusade for Wildlife That Changed the World

Mr. Hornaday's War: How a Peculiar Victorian Zookeeper Waged a Lonely Crusade for Wildlife That Changed the World | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Mr. Hornaday's War is a long-overdue bigoraphy of William Temple Hornaday, first director of the Bronx Zoo, who helped launch the American conservation movement.
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New light shed on history of ancient glass

New light shed on history of ancient glass | Cultural History | Scoop.it

It’s an everyday material we take for granted but now the secrets of how we came to benefit from the many uses of the most unique of substances… glass, are revealed in a new book by a world-leading archaeologist from The University of Nottingham.

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Lucero Trejo Guerrero's curator insight, November 15, 2013 3:47 AM

Juilian Henderson a professor from the university of Nottingham has analyized ancient glass and has come to the conclusion to the different time period the ancient people have created with this material. They have advanced and done so much with in the years with the glass that represents their society and culture. 

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘Ready for a Brand New Beat’

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Ready for a Brand New Beat’ | Cultural History | Scoop.it

In the summer of 1964, 22-year-old Martha Reeves took a bus from her home in Detroit’s Eastside neighborhood, where she lived with her parents and 10 siblings, to a little house on Westside’s Grand Boulevard with the big sign proclaiming “Hitsville, U.S.A.”

It was the home of Berry Gordy’s five-year-old Motown Records, for whom the singer and her group, The Vandellas, had already recorded three songs that had done well. The song she would record that day, in two takes, would do far better than well; it would change not just the singer’s history, but that of American popular music.

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Archaeology and Roosevelt's New Deal for America

Archaeology and Roosevelt's New Deal for America | Cultural History | Scoop.it

“Shovel Ready” illustrates the little-known role that ordinary citizens played in excavation and archaeology during the Great Depression.


As a response to the Great Depression in the 1930s, President Franklin Roosevelt created a number of work relief programs under his New Deal to put unemployed men and women to work. The goal of these federally funded work relief programs was to put people to work quickly, so funds were directed to projects that could get started very quickly—thus, they were shovel ready. Archaeology projects, of course, were literally shovel ready, as shovels are used regularly to move soil during the excavation process. Incidentally, on some projects, workers had to bring their own tools, including shovels, as work relief funding focused on meeting labor costs.  

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Sex Overseas: 'What Soldiers Do' Complicates WWII History : NPR

Sex Overseas: 'What Soldiers Do' Complicates WWII History : NPR | Cultural History | Scoop.it

Americans often think of World War II as the "good war," but historian Mary Louise Roberts says her new book might make our understanding of that conflict "more truthful and more complex." The book, What Soldiers Do: Sex and the American GI in World War II France, tells the story of relations between American men and French women in Normandy and elsewhere.

 

The Americans were liberators; the French were liberated. But sex created tensions and resentments that were serious, yet were utterly absent from contemporary accounts for American audiences back home. Roberts, who is professor of European history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, suggests that the tensions weren't entirely accidental: "Sex was fundamental to how the U.S. military framed, fought and won the war in Europe," she writes in her book.

 

Roberts joins NPR's Robert Siegel to talk about prostitutes in parks and cemeteries, pinups on planes and how the U.S. Army responded to rape accusations with rapid, racially charged trials.

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Newly-discovered 12th century recipes to be recreated : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Newly-discovered 12th century recipes to be recreated : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Cultural History | Scoop.it

Newly-discovered food recipes from a 12th century Durham Priory manuscript have been found to pre-date the earliest known ones by 150 years. The recipes are to be recreated at a Durham University event later in the month.

 

The Latin manuscript mainly consists of recipes for medical ointments and cures and was compiled and written at Durham Cathedral’s priory around 1140. The work was recently been re-examined and found to contain the food recipes, which experts believe are amongst the oldest in the western medieval culinary tradition, preceding the previously known examples from circa 1290. The manuscript is now held at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University.

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An opinionated woman obsessed with objects, entertained by ephemera, intrigued by researching, fascinated by culture & addicted to writing. The wind says my name; doesn't put an @ in front of it, so maybe you don't notice. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com
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