This year marks the 150th anniversary of the completion of America’s first transcontinental railroad. Between 1863 and 1869, two companies built a rail line across the United States. Union Pacific, starting from Council Bluffs, Iowa, built west, laying more than a thousand miles of rail; Central Pacific, starting from Sacramento, California, built east, laying nearly… MORE
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This year marks the 230th anniversary of the start of the French Revolution. Over the course of a ten-year period, revolutionary France experimented with new political visions such as constitutional monarchy, republicanism, representative politics and semi-democratic elections. Dr. Katlyn Carter, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan will talk to us about how the French Revolution pervades contemporary political life as well as on her book manuscript, the use of secrecy vs. the ideal of transparency and the craft of the historian.
African Origins of Slaves in Mainland North America Carter G. Woodson, The African Background Outlined or Handbook for the Study of the Negro (Washington, D.C., 1936) Edward Franklin Frazier, The Negro Family in the United States, (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1939) Melville J. Herskovits, The Myth of the Negro Past, (Boston: Beacon Press,… MORE
Modern or Western Civilization is a historical field that is always at odds with itself: What is modern? Where do you start? What is the “Western” civilization and is it superior to the “Eastern”? Who are we including and why? Who are we disregarding and why? How are the events studied linked together? Do they… MORE