Buried among the verbiage of a lengthy speech by Nikita Khrushchev from 1960 is a Communist Party plan that I’d never heard before – that the Soviet Union would abolish taxes on workers and employees by 1965, and also shorten their workday! It turns out this was a major Soviet domestic policy in 1960, worthy of headlines in the Trenton Evening Times, as can be seen from this page view.
For nearly 200 years, American newspapers have chronicled the evolution of the eve of All Saints Day from religious observance into night of devilish doings. Articles brim with accounts of prayers and prognostications, banshees and bar hopping, parties and property damage, tasty confections and rumors of hidden pins, poison and razor blades. Depending on perspective, the darkening days of late autumn represent either a time of fear and dread or a chance for fun and frivolity.
Dr. Eran Shalev, Department of History, Haifa University and author of Rome Reborn on Western Shores: Historical Imagination and the Creation of the American Republic writes:
"I cannot tell you how much the Readex historical databases have helped me over the years in my research and writing. Early American Imprints and Early American Newspapers have become integral to the way in which I write and conceptualize. And the new Supplements from the Library Company will be another valuable addition to the Archive of Americana.
"As much as I cannot think of writing without a word processor, it is impossible for me to envision historical research before Readex's digital editions. These collections are especially crucial for scholars working from outside of the United States."
Suppose there were an information source from which you could learn practically everything about how the world’s 191 countries operate? What makes these global citizens tick? Why do they do what they do?
Why, for instance, did Saddam Hussein invade Kuwait in the first place? And why did some military experts and historians compare that invasion to Hitler’s conquest of Czechoslovakia in 1938? How did the 1994 civil war in Rwanda result in the massacre of half a million people? What forces keep the Middle East in perpetual turmoil?
Through the month of October, California Newsreel is providing Web access at no charge to “The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords” – the first film to chronicle the history of African American newspapers.
This award-winning documentary tells the little-known stories of the African American journalists and editors who for nearly 200 years “risked life and livelihood so African Americans could represent themselves in their own words and images.”
Click here for free access to "The Black Press" during October.
Among the topics discussed in the film’s first section, Too Long Have Others Spoken For Us, are the founding in 1827 of the first African American newspaper, Freedom's Journal; Frederick Douglass’s influential antislavery paper, The North Star; the beginnings of crusading journalism as exemplified by the work of Ida B. Wells, a pioneer in the struggle to end lynchings; and much more.
FBIS Daily Report Annexes, 1974-1996is an essential complement to FBIS Daily Reports—the fully searchable broadcast and news resource featuring first-hand reporting from around the globe.
This new international archive offers an additional 7,500 items, each designated "For Official Use Only" and previously unavailable outside the intelligence community and other Federal agencies. The Annexes were not an item in the Federal Depository Library Program, which distributed the Daily Report in microfiche from 1978 to 1996. No institution other than the Central Intelligence Agency holds all of the Annexes.
“The Police, in Revolt; the Jails, Open; the Nation, in Riot; the Families, in Dismay” – Thus runs the headline of Mexico’s El Diario on November 25th, 1911, as the Mexican Revolution raged in the capital. As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, it is both sobering and edifying to look back at the Revolution that shook Mexico a century ago, the reverberations of which would be felt across the Americas for decades.
It is especially edifying to look back at this revolution from the many perspectives that can be found in the newspapers of both Mexico and the United States. On the same day, November 25th, 1911, El Imparcial took a very different view of the situation—not surprisingly, as it was a propaganda organ of Mexico’s embattled dictator, Porfirio Diaz.