New post to NePlep,
with some interesting tidbits from Nepal.
New puzzle on
plep's puzzles. Enjoy and good luck! The next puzzle will
be in about a week.
The Sullivan-Clinton Campaign.
'The Sullivan-Clinton Campaign of 1779 was the largest expedition ever
before mounted against the Indians of North America. This year is its
225th anniversary. Events across New York will commemorate it...'
Children of Odin, 1920. Illustrated.
'This is Padraic Colum's retelling of the Eddas and the Volsung Saga
for young adults.'
'Welcome to Broadway 101. What you will find here is the history of
The Great White Way, sectioned off by decades. The first installment
tells the history of Broadway and the theatre prior to 1900. Then we
begin with the period of 1900 to 1910. You can read about any decade
individually or you can start at the beginning. We're currently
working on the next installment. '
The Five Points.
'Named for the points created by the intersection of Park, Worth, and
Baxter streets, the neighborhood was known as a center of vice and
debauchery throughout the nineteenth century. Outsiders found Five
Points threatening and fodder for lurid prose. Describing a visit in
1842, Charles Dickens wrote: "This is the place: these narrow ways
diverging to the right and left, and reeking every where with dirt and
filth. Such lives as are led here, bear the same fruit here as
elsewhere. The coarse and bloated faces at the doors have counterparts
at home and all the wide world over. Debauchery has made the very
houses prematurely old. See how the rotten beams are tumbling down,
and how the patched and broken windows seem to scowl dimly, like eyes
that have been hurt in drunken frays. Many of these pigs live here. Do
they ever wonder why their masters walk upright in lieu of going on
all-fours? and why they talk instead of grunting?" The archaeological
excavation of the Foley Square courthouse block provided the
opportunity to examine the physical remains of life in this infamous
place. This virtual exhibit begins to tell the story of what was
Hung Li Internet Art Gallery.
'The Hungli Internet Gallery was created from 1st October (National
Day of China), 1997 by our Webmaster, Mr. NG Kwok-Ming to exhibit
members' work which include : Chinese-painting, oil-painting, pastels,
watercolour ,calligraphy and other varieties. ' 'The majority of
our members are Hong Kong artists, but quite a number are those from
various provinces of China. '
Hong Kong: Between Two
Worlds. The 1997 handover, with many good links.
'In "Between Two Worlds," CNN Interactive provides a multimedia-rich
overview of Hong Kong's historic 1997 transition from British colony
to the world's first "Special Administrative Region." '
Ivan Mestrovic Foundation.
In 1952, a contract of donation was concluded between Ivan Mestrovic
and the People's Republic of Croatia, by means of which Ivan Mestrovic
donated to the people of Croatia his family house and atelier in
Zagreb (later adapted into an exhibition space - the Mestrovic
Atelier), the family villa with ateliers in Split (which later also
became an exhibition space - the Ivan Mestrovic Gallery), the sacral
and art complex Kastelet-Crikvine in Split, and the Mestrovic family
vault - The Most Holy Redeemer Church near Otavice. The donation also
included several Mestrovic's works of art, which became the bases of
the museum holdings of the mentioned institutions ...'
'Welcome to Mozart's Guided Tour! This home page presentation is an
attempt to touch on Mozart's life and music as if he himself were the
tourguide. The presentation is certainly intended for all who are
interested in the master composer, but the language used is often an
attempt to maintain the interest of kids. Also, as best as possible I
have tried to re-create the spontaneity and sometimes outright
silliness of Mozartian prose often found in his letters. I am aware
that there are many fine websites devoted exclusively to Mozart on the
internet. I would like to view mine as one that is perhaps more
fantasical in that you should browse with the belief that Mozart is
actually guiding you through the tour. '
The Life of
'Harriet Ross was born into slavery in 1819 or 1820, in Dorchester
County, Maryland. Given the names of her two parents, both held in
slavery, she was of purely African ancestry. She was raised under
harsh conditions, and subjected to whippings even as a small child. At
the age of 12 she was seriously injured by a blow to the head,
inflicted by a white overseer for refusing to assist in tying up a man
who had attempted escape ... '
Daily Eagle Online 1842-1902.
'The Brooklyn Daily Eagle was published from 1841 to 1955, then
revived for a short time from 1960 to 1963. '
'Because of the enormity of the collection, the digitization of the
historic Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper from reels of microfilm has
been broken down into more than one phase. Phase I, which can at
present be found on this site, covers the period from October 26, 1841
to December 31, 1902, representing half of the Eagle's years of
publication. This period includes all of the years for which there is
no index as well as the eleven years during which an index was
published. Approximately 147,000 pages of newspaper in various digital
formats are contained in this online repository. Access can be gained
either by date of issue or by keyword searching. '
Behind the Brass Door.
New York Times history.
'At the end of the elevator bank in the lobby of The New York Times
building, there is a simple brass door that has long served as a
physical and symbolic division between two distinct worlds coexisting
under one roof. '
'On one side of that door, the paper is generated in the figurative
sense: stories assigned, articles written, ads sold, information
'Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, in collaboration with Common Knowledge:
Pittsburgh (the former experimental networking arm of the Pittsburgh
Public Schools), has created this online hypertext exhibit of some 600
historical photographs and images, accompanied by text, of Pittsburgh,
its bridges and its neighborhoods. '
Spelling Grrl: A Tribute to Rebecca Sealfon.
'Not many people would say their favorite spectator sport is a spelling
bee, but then again, not very many people have seen Rebecca Sealfon
spell. Out of 245 young contestants and seven hours later, Rebecca
spelled euonym correctly and became the National Spelling Bee Champion.
She won $5,000, a laptop computer, an encyclopedia set and a $1,000
savings bond ... '
The Higgs Boson.
'When you get on the scale in the morning, you may be hoping that it
registers a smaller number than the day before -- you may be hoping that
you've lost weight. It's the quantity of mass in you, plus the force of
gravity, that determines your weight. But what determines your mass?'
'In April 2000 Brazil celebrated the five hundredth year since the first
Portuguese landed on the coast of South America. Brazil would become not
only the largest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, but among the
largest countries of any language and continent.'
'Brazilian history is not an area in which the library has deliberately
or recently built up rare collections. It is a tribute to the historical
importance and quality of the original South Carolina College library,
and to the generosity of more recent donors, that such an exhibition can
be mounted for the Thomas Cooper Library special collections, and that
it includes so many significant and beautiful items ... '
Breath of Life:
The History of Asthma.
'To search for answers, this exhibition examines the medical and human
history of asthma. The times and places in which people live shape their
experience of the disease. Healers battle it using the tools and
knowledge of their time. People from all ages and walks of life are
here--poets and politicians, doctors and demagogues, singers and sports
heroes--all who have responded valiantly, often creatively, to the
challenges of living productively with asthma. The exhibition concludes
with resources for coping with asthma today, and a glimpse of what the
future might bring.'
History of Kannada Language.
'Kannada is the language predominant in the state of Karnataka in India.
It is also the language that we, the Kamats are most familiar with. To
mark the celebration of the World Millennium Kannada Conference (held in
September 2000 in Houston), I asked my mother Dr. Jyotsna Kamat, a
passionate student of ancient Kannada literature to trace the History of
the Kannada Language for a special feature at Kamat's Potpourri. '
How Light Works.
'We see things every day, from the moment we get up in the morning until
we go to sleep at night. We look at everything around us using light. We
appreciate kids' crayon drawings, fine oil paintings, swirling computer
graphics, gorgeous sunsets, a blue sky, shooting stars and rainbows. We
rely on mirrors to make ourselves presentable, and sparkling gemstones
to show affection. But did you ever stop to think that when we see any
of these things, we are not directly connected to it? We are, in fact,
seeing light -- light that somehow left objects far or near and reached
our eyes. Light is all our eyes can really see. '
The Life of Merlin, 1925.
'This is the Latin text and translation of a narrative of the life of
Merlin by the medieval historian Geoffrey of Monmouth. '
'I am preparing to sing the madness of the prophetic bard, and a
humorous poem on Merlin; pray correct the song, Robert , glory of
bishops, by restraining my pen. For we know that Philosophy has poured
over you its divine nectar, and has made you famous in all things, that
you might serve as an example, a leader and a teacher in the world.
Therefore may you favour my attempt, and see fit to look upon the poet
with better auspices than you did that other whom you have just
succeeded, promoted to an honour that you deserve. For indeed you
habits, and your approved life, and your birth, and your usefulness to
the position, and the clergy and the people all were seeking it for you,
and from this circumstance happy Lincoln is just now exalted to the
stars. On this account I might wish you to be embraced in a fitting
song, but I am not equal to the task, even though Orpheus, and Camerinus
, and Macer, and Marius, and mighty-voiced Rabirius were all to sing
with my mouth and all the Muses were to accompany me. But now, Sisters,
accustomed to sing with me, let us sing the work proposed, and strike
the cithara ... '
Bridgeport, Connecticut History.
'That was often the response when the Historical Collections staff asked
local residents if we could ask them about their work experiences in
Bridgeport. "I didn't have an important job," they frequently added.
Somewhat reluctantly, they finally agreed to be interviewed.'
'Later, as the tape recorder clicked off, the person being interviewed
was just getting warmed up. Fascinating stories about living in
Bridgeport flowed like the waters of the Pequonnock River. Included were
details of an ordinary person's daily life that gave insight into the
past decades, moments that were hard to visualize for any newcomer to
'What was it like to work and live in Bridgeport, Connecticut during the
past century? Who else could tell us but people who worked on the line
in the factories; sold goods behind the counter at a department store;
taught children in the local schools; ran a travel agency, worked as a
housewife, drove a truck, or ran one of the many other prosperous
businesses that helped Bridgeport grow and develop.'
Yaqui Myths and Legends, 1959.
'This is a delightful collection of Yaqui folklore, illustrated with
line drawings which invest Mexican folk-art motifs with quaint atomic-
age cheerfulness. The Yaqui are part of the Southwestern Native American
culture-group, and live in the Sonoran desert on the west coast of
northern Mexico, opposite Baja California. The stories here are a
mixture of ancient folklore blended with Mexican Catholic themes. Coyote
and other zoomorphs walk in the same cycle of tales with figures such as
Jesuschristo (who figures in several comic stories) and Columbus (who
appears briefly as a villan). '
The Brest Ghetto Passport Archive.
'This monument was erected at Bronnaya Gora, near Baranovichi, about
halfway along the railroad line between Brest and Minsk in Belarus. It
is an early post-Soviet monument, which is why the plaque is in
Belarusan and admits the fact that the victims buried at the site were
"primarily of Jewish nationality." In Soviet times, the plaque would
have been in Russian (the required lingua franca of the Soviet Union)
and it would have been silent about the Jewish ethnicity of the victims,
instead referring to them only as Soviet civilians. The use of the term
"Jewish nationality" is a survival of Soviet practice when Jewishness
was viewed officially as a nationality. Nationality was entered into the
internal passports (identity cards) that citizens 16 years and older
were required to carry with them at all times ... '
The Floating World of Ukiyo-e.
'This exhibition showcases the Library's spectacular holdings of
Japanese prints, books, and drawings from the 17th to the 19th
centuries. These works are complemented by related works from the
Library's collections created by Japanese and Westerns artists into the
Victor Jara. Life and songs of the Chilean
composer and folk singer murdered by the Pinochet
'Well, if you are lacking in knowledge of Spanish, you have come to the
right place to learn about Victor Jara. As I was looking around the web
for information, I didn't come across any really good information in
English on this amazing Chilean folk singer, and so I thought I would
try and share the amazing songs and beautiful life of Victor Jara with
even the non-spanish speaking. If you have any questions or notice any
problems, please e-mail me and let me know. Thanks for coming to this
page, and I really hope you learn something about Victor Jara. Due to my
lack of spanish skills, I'm not going to try to transcribe any songs
into English and ruin them, unless there is an already published version
I can steal. I do have little descriptions/info before each song, so
these can give an idea of the content of the songs, and I'll let the
talent of Victor Jara bridge the language barrier. '
"Boss of the Waterfront": Wayne Morse and Labour
American labour history.
"I would provide for high tribunals in certain designated districts of
our land that would have the power of settling disputes providing labor
and capital could not agree in their capacity of collective bargaining
.... America wants industrial peace. It can come only through the
guidance of government. An open or closed shop alone have failed, are
failing and undoubtedly will fail to give that peace. Let the Government
-Wayne Morse, 1921.
Reclaiming the Everglades: South Florida's Natural
'Reclaiming the Everglades includes a rich diversity of unique or rare
materials: personal correspondence, essays, typescripts, reports and
memos; photographs, maps and postcards; and publications from
individuals and the government. Major topics and issues illustrated
include the establishment of the Everglades National Park; the growth of
the modern conservation movement and its institutions, including the
National Audubon Society; the evolving role of women on the political
stage; the treatment of Native Americans; rights of individual citizens
or private corporations vs. the public interest; and accountability of
government as trustees of public resources, whether for the purposes of
development, reclamation, or environmental protection. The materials in
this online compilation are drawn from sixteen physical collections
housed in the archives and special collections of the University of
Miami, Florida International University and the Historical Museum of
Southern Florida. '
Voices of Andrew. Hurricane Andrew.
'Early on the morning of August 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew struck South
Florida. Following the storm more than 1.4 million families were left
without electricity; more than 107,000 private homes were damaged or
destroyed; 49,000 were uninhabitable and 250,000 people were left
homeless. Damages from the storm were estimated at $20 to $30 billion,
making it the most costly natural disaster in American history.'
'This web site provides an online archive of approximately seventy oral
history interviews with people who not only lived through Hurricane
Andrew, but also experienced the subsequent recovery process in the
first months after the storm. The interviews were conducted by
undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Miami under the
supervision of Professor Eugene F. Provenzo, Jr. Department of Teaching
and Learning, School of Education, University of Miami. The web site
includes not only the full text of interviews, as well as selected
digital audio files. '
Boylan Hall Cornerstone Capsule.
'In 1998 while renovating the front steps of Boylan Hall,
workmen came across a time capsule that had been placed
in the cornerstone of the building. For two years, the box
remained a mystery until President Christoph Kimmich had
the box opened and unveiled its contents at a special meeting
of the Faculty in September 2000. It took the college workmen
approximately two hours to break the carefully soldered seal
of the copper box. Because the box had been so airtight,
its contents were preserved in almost perfect condition. The
cornerstone box has opened up a window into the past -
to Brooklyn College in the 1930's. In this exhibit we will explore
the contents of the box starting with the inventory list placed
"Born in the Wake of Freedom": John Mitchell Jr. and the
'The Civil War and slavery lay just seventeen years behind. One of the
stormiest periods in the history of the nation was drawing to a close.
The assassination of Lincoln, the turmoil of reconstruction and the
Hayes-Tilden controversy were fresh in the memories of Richmonders of
that day. Gathering in an upper room of a building located near the
corner of Third and Broad streets thirteen former slaves (James H.
Hayes, James H. Johnson, E.R. Carter, Walter Fitzhugh, Henry Hucles,
Albert V. Norrell, Benjamin A. Graves, James E. Merriweather, Edward A.
Randolph, William H. Andrews and Reuben T. Hill) pooled their meager
resources and started America's oldest Negro newspaper on a career which
was destined to play an important part in moulding the opinions of
Negroes in this city, state and nation. [Richmond Planet, 5/28/1938] ...
Radio in Virginia.
'Radio in Virginia uses the WRVA collection to explore the rise of radio
in the commonwealth. Established in 1925, WRVA was one of the earliest
radio stations in Virginia. Among its most memorable shows were the Corn
Cob Pipe Club and the Old Dominion Barn Dance, both of which featured
local talent. One component of this exhibition on radio will be a
listening station that will offer speeches and music from the sound
recordings in the WRVA collection. '
Virginia Roots Music: Creating and Conserving Tradition.
'In the two decades before World War II, folklorists and recording
companies collected and recorded Virginia music that formed the bedrock
of the country, blues, and gospel music traditions that exist today.
Both the collectors and the recorders responded to fundamental changes
in the economy, technology, and society of America and the South as
phonographs and radio began to spread traditional musical forms to a
wider audience. Early folklorists feared that radio and records would
dilute the "pure" music of the American "folk" and determined to
document and preserve these musical traditions before their inevitable
demise. Record companies and radio stations, on the other hand, began
searching out "old-time" and "race" artists to feed a growing commercial
audience. Eagerly selling the music through new technology, they also
marketed the songs and musicians as an expression of a more-authentic
Virginia's Coal Towns.
'In his diary on July 18, 1709, William Byrd of Westover remarked, "Tom
returned from Falling Creek and brought me word all was well there and
that the coaler found the coal mine very good and sufficient to furnish
several generations." Coal has long been a significant part of
Virginia's economy. From 1750, when coal was first shipped from Richmond
to Philadelphia, Virginia's coal attracted wider markets. With the
opening of the coalfields in Southwest Virginia late in the 1800s,
Virginia coal fueled coke ovens supplying the steel industry. By 1948
Virginia was producing almost 20 million tons of bituminous coal a year
and ranked seventh in coal-producing states ... '
'The history of cartography in Virginia reflects the pivotal role of the
Old Dominion as a leader in much of the political, military, and
economic history of the United States. In a rapidly changing society
property ownership, political boundaries, economic resources, and the
environment were best understood through the mapmaker's craft. The map
collection at the Library of Virginia contains more than 65,000 items
that include a wide variety of maps published as single items and maps
produced by state agencies, as well as maps included in official
reports, court records, and legislative petitions. Mapping Virginia
offers a sampling of the many kinds of maps created by and for
Virginians in the past 400 years. '
The Yes Men.
'Honest people impersonate big-time criminals in order to publicly
humiliate them. Targets are leaders and big corporations who put
profits ahead of everything else.'
Elephant Voices. Savannah elephant
'A main goal is to give easy access to years of field studies related
to elephant communication - to elephant voices. Through better
understanding of these magnificent mammals we can help to ensure their
survival - which we think is vital for our environment, our planet in
general and the well being, in different ways, of each one of us.'
Radzilow. Memorial to a once-vibrant
Jewish shtetl, in Poland. Great site.
The Oneida Community Collection.
'For more than sixty years the Library has been assembling data on
social-religious movements of New York State during the nineteenth
century as part of its collecting policy to include "local history"-with
chief emphasis on the geographical region of Central New York within a
radius of approximately fifty miles from Syracuse. '
'The main body of materials in this field consists of the papers of
Gerrit Smith (1797-1874), "philanthropist and reformer," and of his
father Peter Smith (1768-1837), wealthy land owner and business
associate of the first John Jacob Astor. Their papers cover a wide range
of subject matter-land history of New York State, commercial and social
relationships with the Indians, the trading post at Old Fort Schuyler
(now Utica), abolition, and a multiplicity of reforms (temperance,
vegetarianism, "free" churches, socialism, inter al.). '
'When some of the local people of the Likouala region would draw in the
dirt or sand a representation of Mokele-mbembe they drew the shape of a
sauropod dinosaur. Then when they were shown a picture of a sauropod
dinosaur they said that picture is Mokele-mbembe.'
Early Images of the Australian Aborigines.
'All visitors to Australia mentioned the aborigines. Some studied
them quite closely and to them we owe the information about their
customs and languages which would otherwise have been lost. Among this
material is a unique item, an exercise book containing a series of
manuscript responses to a questionnaire circulated among the South
Australian aborigines in 1892, giving extensive details of the customs
and languages of the local tribes. The Monash Rare Book Collection
holds an extensive range of early materials essential for the study
of the Australian aborigines, and the responses of the early settlers
with whom they came in contact. '
Die Bucher der Kunstler.
'It shows a great range of artists books currently being produced by
young German artists. The genre of the "livre d'artiste", or "artist's
book" is a very popular one in the US, Britain, Europe and Australia. It
is the result of an artist looking at the conventions of book production
and seeing what can be done within them. Often the conventions are
stretched in some way, typically by using materials which make a statement
about the book's content, and producing a concept ... '
'The current Rare Books Exhibition features material drawn from our
substantial holdings of French literature. We are particularly strong
in 18th century books and we see on display works by Beaumarchais,
Voltaire and Diderot, as well as some of the volumes of plates and
text of the French Encyclopédie published during the 1750s and 1760s. '
Travellers in the Far East.
'This exhibition includes works from the 16th to the early 20th century,
from Marco Polo to "Chinese" Morrison. There are 17th and 18th century
maps of the area, and photographic albums from the 1890s.'
Bruce Rogers, Designer of Books.
'In 1933, Edwin Grabhorn said, "It was Bruce Rogers' books that have
influenced American and English printers more than any other recent
single force." That statement still rings true today. As important
as it is to know all the nuisances of the impact of technology in book
design today, it is equally important to understand all that has come
before. When it comes to book design, what better place to start than
with Bruce Rogers. The descriptions of books in the exhibit are often
from Rogers himself or from notable book-people. Many are without comment,
for you to simply enjoy. '
'All around us are things of beauty and value, but their attributes
are interpreted very subjectively. I believe that things utilitarian,
or which give pleasure to the eye have the highest value. I come across
many things which have been abandoned and find something more in them than
their intrinsic worthlessness. '
'Hubcaps, for instance. Aesthetic in purpose but ultimately of very little
use. They're automatically rubbish when on the side of the road, but with
a little effort and imagination I transform them into something which
gives people a great deal more pleasure.'
'My fish try to say things about our wasteful society and about
our prejudices towards value. Hopefully they will encourage people
to reconsider before they discard something which apparently has no
Caucasus Travelogue. Fascinating.
'The idea had been gestating in Dov's brain for some
time. Two weeks in Nagorno-Karabakh in 1998 and a
whirlwind visit to Transdniestria shortly before had
spawned stories of people living in states with names,
flags, currencies and governments of their own but
without recognition. States that had been imagined,
were being built, but lived outside the law. For the
better part of a decade they had existed as such, and
they could no longer be dismissed as accidental and
temporary even though no permanent settlements were at
Nagasaki Foreign Settlement
1859-1941. Fascinating, if incomplete.
'The Ansei Five-Power Treaties, which came into effect
in July 1859, ended Japan's long
disengagement from international commercial and
diplomatic networks. The treaties also
provided for the establishment of designated
settlements for foreigners in the five Japanese
ports of Nagasaki, Kanagawa (Yokohama), Kobe, Niigata
and Hakodate.' The foreign settlements subsequently
served as springboards for the modernization of
Japan. During the first years, Nagasaki played a
particularly important role in that it was the
closest port to China and a stepping stone for the
introduction to Japan of everything from
second-hand steamships to bowling balls and as a
gateway for coal mining, railroads,
newspaper publishing, shipbuilding and other
'I visited Burma (now Myanmar) in 1987 while I was
doing a six month shoestring trip through central and
southeast Asia. I was traveling by bus, train, boat or
whatever cheap means available, often walking, but to
enter Burma I had to fly in, no cross border entries
were allowed. Most of what I am writing here now is
remembrances of the trip and from leafing through my
travel journal. '
'On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court issued a decision
in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas,
declaring that "separate educational facilities are
inherently unequal." This decision was pivotal to the
struggle for racial desegregation in the United
States. This exhibition commemorates the fiftieth
anniversary of this landmark judicial case.'
Petal from the Rose:
Illustrations by Elizabeth Shippen Green.
'When Elizabeth Shippen Green (1871-1954) won an
exclusive contract as an illustrator with Harper's
Monthly in 1901, she achieved a triumph that instantly
elevated her into the select company of famed
illustrators such as Edwin Austin Abbey (1852-1911)
and Howard Pyle (1853-1911) during what is considered
America's "golden age" of illustration (1880-1920).
Few women attained such remarkable success in a time
when men overwhelmingly dominated this highly
competitive field. As one of the celebrated artistic
triumvirate known as "The Red Rose Girls," Green and
colleagues Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935) and Violet
Oakley (1874-1961) became shining examples of women
illustrators at the turn of the century. A Petal from
the Rose is the first exhibition in decades to focus
solely on Green's art, and this and the accompanying
essay highlight distinctive features of her
illustrations and working methods. Although her work
shares similarities with that of other women in the
profession, it stands apart in its scope, quality, and
'Finding America is a book-lenght journal of my
travels from Oregon to Panama and back. It was written
in the moment, and that writing characteristic has
been preserved during editing. While traveling, not
even I knew what would happen next, and my
percecptions of events, no matter how much altered
later, are preserved in the writing. If you would like
to travel for three months, hitchhiking, exploring,
discovering, all from the comfort of your armchair,
put on your backpack and join me.'
'Welcome to AmericanWeblog; part travel journal, part
American chronicle, and part reflection.' 'Told
through story, image, and interview, AmericanWeblog is
the ongoing tale of one man in America as he travels
and works around the country in search of the unique,
the unusual, and the ordinary.' 'What is it that
makes us Americans? What does it mean to be an
American? How are things changing in this country as
we move towards new moods, new technologies, and new
communities at the beginning of the new millenium?
What is disappearing and what is emerging? Who are the
The Matilda Joslyn Gage Page.
American feminist writer.
'Introduced by Susan B. Anthony at the International Council of Women in
1888, Matilda Josyln Gage began her speech with a brief sketch of her
early entry into the suffrage movement: I have frequently been asked
what first turned by thoughts towards woman's rights. I think I was born
with a hatred of oppression, and, too, in my father's house, I was
trained in the anti-slavery ranks, for it was one of the stations on the
underground railway, and a home of anti-slavery speakers. Well I
remember the wonder with which, when a young girl, I looked upon Abby
Kelly, when she spoke of the wrongs of black women and black men. Then I
remember, before the Round House in my city of Syracuse was finished, a
large and enthusiastic anti-slavery convention was held there, attended
by thousands of people who all joined in singing William Lloyd
Garrison's song, "I'm an Abolitionist and glory in the Name," and as
they rang out that glorious defiance against wrong, it thrilled my very
heart, and I feel it echoing to this day ... '
'As the country moved toward the Right in the late 1880's, carried along
by a conservative religious movement that had as its goal the creation
of a Christian state, Gage decided it was time to launch a full-scale
attack on the "bulwark of woman's slavery" - the Church. Believing that
the danger to religious liberty and a secular state was immediate, Gage
and Stanton began talking of the need for a feminist anti-Church
organization. Anthony, in the meantime, was increasingly moving toward a
single-minded focus on the vote. When Anthony led her followers in
merging the two existing suffrage organizations, thereby bringing in the
conservative Women's Christian Temperance Union forces, Gage left the
suffrage movement and formed the anti-Church group she had been
considering. Made up of anarchists, prison reformers, labor leaders and
feminists, the Woman's National Liberal Union was viewed as one of the
most radical organizations in the country, and Gage's mail was
intercepted by the government ... '
Joseph Roth Online.
'Joseph Roth remains little known outside the German-speaking countries,
despite being amongst the most prolific and talented writers of the
twentieth century. He is best remembered for two novels recreating,
respectively, the shtetl of the Eastern Jews (Hiob or Job, 1930), and
the vanished world of the Habsburg monarchy (Radetzkymarsch or The
Radetzky March, 1932). However, Roth was one of the best-known and
highest paid journalists in the Weimar Republic, whose articles and
Feuilletons about Berlin, Paris, Russia and other places seemed to
capture the energy and ambivalence of the Zeitgeist, a culture dazzled
by competing ideologies, new technologies, and a burgeoning
entertainment industry. His novels from the 1920s, the most famous of
which is Die Flucht ohne Ende (Flight without End, 1927), portray a
damaged generation of young men and women as vividly as those of
Hemingway or Fitzgerald.'
The Panda's Thumb.
Defending science and reason from fundamentalism.
'The Panda's Thumb is the virtual pub of the University of Ediacara. The
patrons gather to discuss evolutionary theory, critique the claims of
the antievolution movement, defend the integrity of both science and
science education, and share good conversation.'
Historical and Political Maps of the Modern Age.
'The purpose of this site is to illustrate the concept of the political
boundary with a comprehensive selection of political and historical maps
from 1789 (and, occasionally, from earlier dates) to the present day.
The maps are clearly organized by region and dates. Most of them are in
Spanish but this should not pose an obstacle to those used to reading
The Johnson Family Albums, ca. 1895-1910.
'The Johnson family of Syracuse, New York, were missionaries in Japan in
the 1890s and the early 20th century. Their Methodist church in Nagasaki
offered a school for young Japanese families carrying on a tradition
that began several centuries ago when Jesuits quickly followed the
Portugese traders ... '
Faces of India.
'The birth of the billionth baby in India on May 12, 2000 is providing
for a time of reflection on the Indian civilization in general. We
contribute our part here through this large exhibition of Indian
portraits of common and uncommon Indians. '
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal
Writers' Project, 1936-38.
'Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project,
1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and
500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were
collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project of the
Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in
1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery
in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves. This online
collection is a joint presentation of the Manuscript and Prints and
Photographs Divisions of the Library of Congress and includes more than
200 photographs from the Prints and Photographs Division that are now
made available to the public for the first time.'
"Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals,
'consists of approximately one hundred sound recordings, primarily blues
and gospel songs, and related documentation from the folk festival at
Fort Valley State College (now Fort Valley State University), Fort
Valley, Georgia. The documentation was created by John Wesley Work III
in 1941 and by Lewis Jones and Willis Laurence James in March, June, and
July 1943. Also included are recordings made in Tennessee and Alabama
(including six Sacred Harp songs) by John Work between September 1938
and 1941. These recording projects were supported by the Library of
Congress's Archive of American Folk Song (now the Archive of Folk
Culture, American Folklife Center). Song lists made by the collectors,
correspondence with the Archive about the trips, and a special issue of
the Fort Valley State College student newsletter, The Peachite: Festival
Number, are also included. One interesting feature of this collection is
the topical rewording of several standard gospel songs to address the
wartime concerns of the performers.'
Southern Mosaic: The John and Ruby Lomax 1939
Southern States Recording Trip
'is a multiformat ethnographic field collection that includes nearly 700
sound recordings, as well as fieldnotes, dust jackets, and other
manuscripts documenting a three-month, 6,502-mile trip through the
southern United States. Beginning in Port Aransas, Texas, on March 31,
1939, and ending at the Library of Congress on June 14, 1939, John Avery
Lomax, Honorary Consultant and Curator of the Archive of American Folk
Song (now the Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center), and
his wife, Ruby Terrill Lomax, recorded approximately 25 hours of folk
music from more than 300 performers. These recordings represent a broad
spectrum of traditional musical styles, including ballads, blues,
children's songs, cowboy songs, fiddle tunes, field hollers, lullabies,
play-party songs, religious dramas, spirituals, and work songs.
Photographic prints from the Lomaxes' other Southern states expeditions,
as well as their other recording trips made under the auspices of the
Library of Congress, illustrate the collection, since no photographs
from the 1939 Southern States Recording Trip have been identified. '
Born in Obscurity, Reared in Strife:
A Short History of the Trials, Travels, and Travails of the Douglas
'The presence of the Douglas Cannon in Wesleyan lore has its origins in
student celebrations of the mid-nineteenth century. During this period,
college was in term for the Fourth of July, and a student-led volley of
cannon fire was often included in the celebrations. In 1859, Wesleyan's
calendar was altered so that the college was not in session during the
Fourth, so an expanded set of patriotic exercises, including the firing
of cannon volleys, was added to the celebration of George Washington's
birthday on February 22 ... '
The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage.
'This remarkable grimoire was translated by S.L.M. Mathers from a 15th
century French mauscript. This text has had a huge influence on modern
ceremonial magic, and has been cited as a primary influence on Aleister
Crowley. Abraham of Würzburg, a cabalist and scholar of magic, describes
a quest for the secret teachings which culminated in Egypt, where he
encountered the magician Abramelin, who taught him his system in detail.
The procedure involves many months of purification, followed by the
invocation of good and evil spirits to accomplish some very worldly
goals, including acquisition of treasure and love, travel through the
air and under water, and raising armies out of thin air ... '
The Edinburgh Ras Shamra Project.
archaeological site of Ras Shamra is situated a few kms east of the
Mediterranean coast of Syria, and constitutes the remains of the ancient
city of Ugarit. Minet el-Beida is the natural harbour that served Ugarit
and which helped make this city so prosperous ... '
Galleries of items related to Ugarit
Black and White Photographs of Tibet.
'A portfolio of 20 haunting black and white photographs primarily made
by Sonam Gyatso Thartse Ken Rinpoche (1930-1988), abbot of Ngor
Monastery in Tibet in the early 50's, before the Chinese Occupation of
Miami Beach's Sister Cities. Miami Beach's sister
cities' culture and history, around the world - in
Brazil, Mexico, Israel, Japan, Italy, the Czech
Republic, Spain and so on. A 'virtual tour' of
some interesting places.
'Welcome to Tower Hamlets History On Line where you will find articles
on the history of Bethnal Green, Bow, Bromley-by-Bow, the Isle of Dogs,
Limehouse, Mile End Old Town, Poplar, Ratcliff, St. George's in the
East, Shadwell, Spitalfields, Stepney, Wapping, Whitechapel - or any of
the other hamlets that make up the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It
was created by David Rich in 1998 and has been growing steadily ever
Canadian Labour History 1850-1999.
progress is the weight of laws designed to alleviate human suffering. In
Canada, the Labour movement has been in the forefront of groups seeking
such legislation, right from its earliest days. '
'This web site traces the history of Canadian Labour with the aim of
showing how it served its members while forcing broader reforms on our
The Battle of Vimy Ridge, 1917.
'Many historians and writers consider the Canadian victory at Vimy a
defining moment for Canada, when the country emerged from under the
shadow of Britain and felt capable of greatness. Canadian troops also
earned a reputation as formidable, effective troops because of the
stunning success. But it was a victory at a terrible cost, with more
than 10,000 killed and wounded ... '