December 17, 2018

Timely Connections: Frederick Douglass & Scientific Racism

In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Eric Herschthal, a fellow at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library, suggests that we remember Frederick Douglass "as someone whose insights about scientific theories of race are every bit as relevant in our era as they were when he wrote them." Take a look at the examples Herschthal provides about Douglass'  efforts to challenge scientific racism, including ethnology or, as it was sometimes referred to, "the … [Read more...]

NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise Topic Ideas: World History Africa

These curated resource lists coincide with the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise theme sample topics list. The links lead to resources accessed from the Library of Congress ( unless otherwise noted.The Forced Compromise of the Boer WarsBoer War images Boer War films Boer War U.S. historical newspaper coverage Boer War first-hand accounts and other books Diamonds, Gold and War: The British, the Boers and the Making of South Africa streaming … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Gambia

Gambia primary source set World Digital LibraryGambia country profile BBCGambia timeline BBCThe Gambia mapBooks & reports about GambiaWebcasts related to GambiaOral histories mentioning Gambia from the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and TrainingHistorical newspaper coverage of Gambia (through 1922)U.S. legislation related to GambiaGuide to Law Online: Gambia … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Kenya 12-69

Imagine you are from another planet and have been charged with reporting back to your commander on this country called Kenya on the continent of Africa. Zoom into this composite map and investigate the information presented. Create an outline of your findings.Compare the information in this composite map with one of the maps linked to below, noting similarities and differences.Kenya population density, NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center 2000 Kenya's ethnic groups, BBC … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Kenya

Kenya country profileKenya timeline BBCKenya: Places in the NewsKenya primary sources from the World Digital LibraryKenya mapsKenya imagesU.S. historical newspaper articles mentioning Kenya through 1922Service in Kenya: U.S. veteran oral historiesForeign Affairs Oral History Collection interviews mentioning KenyaBooks & reports about KenyaU.S. legislation related to KenyaGuide to Law Online: KenyaGlobal Legal Monitor articles … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Mauritania

Mauritania country study (history, culture, industry, and more)Mauritania timeline BBCMauritania primary sources from the World Digital LibraryMauritania mapsForeign Affairs Oral History Collection interviews mentioning MauritaniaU.S. historical newspaper articles mentioning Mauritania through 1922U.S. legislation related to MauritaniaGuide to Law Online: MauritaniaGlobal Legal Monitor articles about MauritaniaReaching the Millennium Development Goals: … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: World Digital Library

Overview The World Digital Library (WDL) provides access to multilingual primary sources from around the world. It's mission is to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding by highlighting the stories and achievements of all countries and cultures. WDL "is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, carried out with the support of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Senegal

Senegal primary sources from the World Digital LibraryPlan du Cap Verd 18th century map [Senegal]Historic U.S. newspaper coverage of SenegalSenegal reports & booksSenegal mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History CollectionWebcasts related to SenegalLeopold Sedar Senghor: Thinker, Statesman, Poet Mere-Bi: A Senegalese Celebration of Motherhood Peter Strickland: New London Shipmaster, Boston Merchant, First Consul to SenegalSenegal image setU.S. … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Ethiopia

Ethiopia country profileEthiopia country studyEthiopia primary source set from the World Digital LibraryEthiopia mapsEthiopia imagesBooks about EthiopiaEthiopia historical newspaper coverageArticles & other textsEthiopian Emperors and Slavery (In Custodias Legis blog post, January 31, 2012) Abolition of Slavery in Ethiopia (In Custodias Legis blog post, February 14, 2012) Through the lands of King of Kings : Ethiopia and Abyssinia (1928 lecture … [Read more...]

Today in History: Liberia

Today in History–July 26–the Library of Congress features Liberia, declared an independent republic on this day in 1847. Formerly a colony of the American Colonization Society—organized in 1817 to resettle free black Americans in West Africa—Joseph Jenkins Roberts was elected the first president of the republic in 1848. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to this African nation and its founder.Joseph … [Read more...]