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  2. Hello Everyone! I know it's been a while since I've posted a blog entry. Teaching five classes last semester did not leave me with much time to explore new resources. I just learned about a new resource today that I think will be useful to a wide variety of historians. British universities have been working very hard to tell the story of race and slavery in the UK, and we have a new resource to go along with some of those already featured on this site such as the Legacies of British Slave Ownership Database. This latest resource is the Runaway Slaves in Britain database. This project explores a variety of English and Scottish newspapers and then cataloged and digitized escaped slave advertisements. Runaway Slaves goes a long way towards telling the story of slavery in Britain from 1700-1780 (before the major era of abolition). This will be a very important resource for all those interested in slavery and the British Atlantic World in the 18th century.
  3. The Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature through the George A Smathers Library at the University of Florida (Gainesville) has a massive collection of British and US texts intended for children, primarily from the mid to late 19th century. They have digitized over 6,000 of them so far for public access.
  4. The Labadie collection emphasizes movements from below, primarily from the late 19th c. into recent decades. Originally specializing in anarchism, the collection has since obtained materials on student protests, the Spanish Civil War, freethinking and antitheism, pacifism, anti-colonialism, LGBT rights, civil rights, unionization, etc.
  5. The Newberry Library (Chicago) has 30,000+ pamphlets and 23,000+ issues of 180 periodicals published between 1780 and 1810 during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Era, primarily from Paris but also including many from the French provinces. They have done extraordinary work digitizing these to Internet Archive, You can also search the physical catalog on VuFind. All pamphlets in this collection have individual catalog records. Call numbers begin with "Case FRC" and are followed by a number. You can search by author name or title, or browse by subject with the phrase “Pamphlets–France.” They are held in the Special Collections Reading Room.
  6. Brought to you by Standford University Libraries and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the free-access French Revolution Digital Archive (FRDA) contains over 14,000 images brought together from the Archives Parlementaires and the 1989 Images de la Revolution française. The database can be searched by date, event, artistic theme, and medium.
  7. The National Endowment for the Humanities has just launched a brand new website called "NEH For All." This is a detailed collection of all projects using NEH grants across the country demonstrating just how valuable this organization is for the humanities in the United States. It is well worth some time exploring the fascinating programs benefitting from these grants. The site allows you to search by state or by type of program. Go visit their site today to see how the NEH supports cultural programs in your state!
  8. Hello, Everyone, The semester is in full swing, and I am sure that like me you are extremely busy. I thought I would take a minute to talk about a recent assignment I assigned my students utilizing a digital humanities project. This is also a request for others to share their experiences using digital humanities to get students engaged in our fields. Briefly, I recently asked my students to use the Slave Voyages website. I assigned them a particular ship, which in this case was one that left from Boston, Massachusetts. They were then asked to compare and contrast this ship to others from roughly the same period answering the question "Was the voyage of the Neptune indicative of the slave trade as a whole?" This was intentionally open-ended to allow them to pursue their investigation in any way they saw fit. The results were pretty mixed. Many students felt that the assignment needed more structure, or they found the database confusing. Oftentimes, they became frustrated by the lack of information available. After some reflection, I think that this assignment is useful but requires a lot more preparatory work before setting students loose in the database. So, I am curious. Have any of you ever had an assignment that you thought would be really great, and it ended up not working out quite as well as you expected? I am curious to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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