Readex Congratulates Dr. Erica Armstrong Dunbar Whose New Book Has Been Nominated for a 2017 National Book Award

<p> <a href="http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Never-Caught/Erica-Armstrong-Dunba... alt="never-caught-9781501126390_lg.jpg" src="https://www.readex.com/sites/default/files/var/www/vhosts/readex.com/httpdocs/sites/default/files/blog/never-caught-9781501126390_lg.jpg" style="width: 232px; height: 350px; float: right;" /></a>Congratulations to <a href="https://ericaarmstrongdunbar.com/work/">Erica Armstrong Dunbar</a> whose new book, <a href="http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Never-Caught/Erica-Armstrong-Dunba... Caught: The Washingtons&rsquo; Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge</em></a>, has been long-listed for the 2017 National Book Awards.&nbsp; It is one of ten <a href="https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-national-book-awards-lon... nominees</a> for this year&rsquo;s prize which will be announced on November 15. Dr. Dunbar is the Director of the Library Company of Philaelphia&rsquo;s <a href="http://librarycompany.org/academic-programs/paah/">African American History Program</a> and the Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University.</p> <p>
Readex Congratulates Dr. Erica Armstrong Dunbar Whose New Book Has Been Nominated for a 2017 National Book Award

Announcing “Undergrads Doing History: Using Digital Primary Sources to Motivate Students” – An Upcoming Webinar by Prof. Carl Robert Keyes

<p> <a href="https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7157541806430431233?source=Rea... alt="banner top.JPG" src="https://www.readex.com/sites/default/files/var/www/vhosts/readex.com/httpdocs/sites/default/files/blog/banner%20top.JPG" style="width: 400px; height: 462px; float: right;" /></a>&ldquo;How can I better incorporate my own research into the undergraduate courses I teach?&rdquo;</p> <p> College and university professors grapple with this question every semester. &nbsp;In this 45-minute webinar, Prof. Keyes will reveal how he adapted two digital humanities projects&mdash;drawn from his own research on advertising in early America&mdash;into classroom exercises that challenge students to actively &ldquo;do&rdquo; history rather than merely learn about the past.</p> <p> <a href="https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7157541806430431233?source=Rea... to attend this and learn how to:</p> <p> &bull; develop alternative assignments that engage student interest yet also enhance skills associated with traditional essays</p> <p> &bull; improve information literacy by identifying and assessing primary sources and secondary sources</p> <p> &bull; create research projects based on extensive collections of digital primary sources</p> <p> &bull; avoid pitfalls when developing digital humanities projects for undergraduate students</p> <p> The webinar will conclude with an open Q &amp; A session, and all registrants will receive a link to the recorded session.</p> <p class="rtecenter">
Announcing “Undergrads Doing History: Using Digital Primary Sources to Motivate Students” – An Upcoming Webinar by Prof. Carl Robert Keyes

‘The Grievances of the Fair Secesh’: Highlights from Afro-Americana Imprints, 1535-1922

<p> The September release of <em><a href="http://www.readex.com/content/afro-americana-imprints-1535-1922-library-... Imprints, 1535-1922</a>: From the Library Company of Philadelphia</em> includes an address on slavery by one of America&rsquo;s Founding Fathers, a biography of William Pitt which contains a description of the Middle Passage, and a history of the 19th Colored Infantry Regiment.</p> <hr /> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"> <img alt="Rush TitlePage.jpg" src="https://www.readex.com/sites/default/files/var/www/vhosts/readex.com/httpdocs/sites/default/files/blog/Rush%20TitlePage.jpg" style="width: 550px; height: 882px;" /></p> <p> <strong>An Address to the Inhabitants of the British Settlements on the Slavery of the Negroes in America </strong>(1773)</p> <p> <em>By Benjamin Rush</em></p> <p> Benjamin Rush (1746-1813) signed the Declaration of Independence, attended the Continental Congress, supported the American Revolution, and opposed slavery. He also founded Dickinson College, served as Surgeon General of the Continental Army, and was a leader of the American Enlightenment.</p> <p> Rush viewed Africans as equals to Europeans and argues here that any differences are either products of slavery or only skin deep. He writes:</p> <blockquote> <p style="margin-left: 0.5in;">
‘The Grievances of the Fair Secesh’: Highlights from Afro-Americana Imprints, 1535-1922

“He did not die in the war, but he died of it.”: Highlights from The American Civil War Collection

<p> Among the newly released works in <em><a href="http://www.readex.com/content/american-civil-war-collection-1860-1922-am... American Civil War Collection, 1860-1922</a>: From the American Antiquarian Society</em> are memorials to two quite different men who fought for the Union. Also included is the account of an anti-slavery journalist who acted as the head of the American consulate in Bristol, England, throughout the Civil War.</p> <hr /> <p class="rtecenter"> <img alt="Cutler title.jpg" src="https://www.readex.com/sites/default/files/var/www/vhosts/readex.com/httpdocs/sites/default/files/blog/Cutler%20title.jpg" style="width:550px;height:833px;" /></p> <p> <strong>A Memorial of Lieut. John W. Grout, of the 15th Massachusetts Volunteers, Killed at Ball&#39;s Bluff, October 21, 1861</strong> (1861)</p> <p> <em>By the Rev. E. Cutler</em></p> <p> Reverend Cutler begins his memorial by describing the young Lieutenant Grout:</p> <blockquote> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> The subject of this sketch won a claim to this memorial, not only as being one of the first commissioned officers that has fallen in this campaign from the state of Massachusetts, but also as leaving a fame independent of fiction, of exaggeration, and of the partiality of friends.</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> He was born in the summer of 1843, and had barely attained the age at which a legal claim could be made upon his service, when he fell a voluntary sacrifice on the altar of his country.</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">
“He did not die in the war, but he died of it.”: Highlights from The American Civil War Collection

Game of Zones: How Austria Unraveled the Iron Curtain

<p> <img alt="Austria 1.png" src="https://www.readex.com/sites/default/files/var/www/vhosts/readex.com/httpdocs/sites/default/files/blog/Austria%201.png" style="width: 300px; height: 411px; float: right;" title="Four-Power Allied Travel Pass for Vienna" />I&rsquo;m thinking of a city, the glittering capital of a German-speaking people. It was the seat of monarchs and dictators before being bombed into submission during World War II. It was divided into four administrative districts by the victorious Allied powers following that war, and so came late to democracy. It was an island of independence and intrigue deep within territory under Soviet control. Adolf Hitler haunted its streets and harangued the crowds from its balconies. Perhaps you&#39;ve heard of it? Berlin? No, I&#39;m thinking of Vienna, Austria.</p> <p> At the end of World War II all the pieces were in place for Vienna to suffer the fate of Berlin: a prestigious urban capital; strategic and economic importance; symbolic significance as an exclamation point marking the end of the Nazi program of German reunification. Yet Vienna and Austria were granted independence in 1955, while Berlin and East Germany labored under communism until 1990. Why such different outcomes?</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="Four Powers.JPG" src="https://www.readex.com/sites/default/files/var/www/vhosts/readex.com/httpdocs/sites/default/files/blog/Four%20Powers.JPG" style="width: 550px; height: 200px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Readex AllSearch is a new platform for searching across all Readex collections." /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p>
Game of Zones: How Austria Unraveled the Iron Curtain

Han Sorya: North Korea’s Literary Lion

<p> <img alt="North_Korea-Pyongyang-Grand_People's_Study_House-Books-01 sm.jpg" src="https://www.readex.com/sites/default/files/var/www/vhosts/readex.com/httpdocs/sites/default/files/blog/North_Korea-Pyongyang-Grand_People%27s_Study_House-Books-01%20sm.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 179px; float: right;" title="Books displayed at the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang" />If you could choose a single novelist to represent the legacy and aspirations of twentieth century America, who would it be? F. Scott Fitzgerald? William Faulkner? Toni Morrison? John Steinbeck? Admittedly, the choice is artificial; there are no wrong answers here, only degrees of emphasis.</p> <p> For a North Korean confronting a similar question, one name would readily spring to mind: Han Sorya (1900-1976). And further, there is one particular work, a short story, with which Han is especially identified: <em>Sungynangi</em> [Jackals] (1951), one of the few North Korean works of literature available in English translation.</p> <p align="center"> <img alt="NK 1.png" src="https://www.readex.com/sites/default/files/var/www/vhosts/readex.com/httpdocs/sites/default/files/blog/NK%201.png" style="width: 211px; height: 302px;" title="Han Sorya" /></p> <p> <em>Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports, 1957-1995,</em> includes two reports of literary criticism of Han Sorya&rsquo;s work: <em>Modern Korean Literature and Han Sor-ya</em> (JPRS 5745); and <em>Han Sol-ya and his Literature </em>(JPRS 5874). Translated directly from original North Korean sources, they convey a sense of how Han&rsquo;s work is viewed in his native cultural context.</p> <p>
Han Sorya: North Korea’s Literary Lion

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