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A Historian of Forgotten Resistance

17 Aug

For 18th-century Quaker dwarf abolitionist Benjamin Lay, resistance was a way of life. As a glove-maker, a common sailor, and a world traveler who lived in England and Barbados before finally settling in Pennsylvania, Lay was exposed to the injustices of slavery and decided to make a career of condemning its horrors, often in memorable and shocking ways.

Read the rest of Oliver Lee Bateman’s article on Benjamin Lay and Lay’s biographer, historian Markus Rediker, here at Pacific Standard:¬†A Historian of Forgotten Resistance – Pacific Standard

Reclaiming Stolen History

10 Aug

David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, explains a recent case of theft from the National Archives and Records Administration: Reclaiming Stolen History

The Minds Solving the Giant Puzzle the Stasi Left Behind

7 Aug

The Stasi Records Agency was founded in the early 1990s, when it began the gargantuan task of piecing together the torn pages, a jigsaw puzzle so large that it could take decades before it is entirely solved, if at all. The numbers provide an entry point into understanding the extent of the Stasi’s infiltration into citizens’ lives: The organization left behind roughly 16,000 bags, each bag containing between 2,500 and 3,500 fragments of torn pages.

Read the rest of Sukhada Tatke’s fascinating report on archives work with partially destroyed Stasi records here: The Minds Solving the Giant Puzzle the Stasi Left Behind – Pacific Standard

Dunkirk in the Department of State Records

24 Jul

On Dunkirk and U.S. archives, see this post by David Langbart, an Archivist in the Textual Records Division at the National Archives at College Park.: Dunkirk in the Department of State Records | The Text Message

The Rare-Book Thief Who Looted College Libraries in the ’80s

24 Jul

By passing as a professor, James Richard Shinn made off with over $100,000 worth of books. Read Susan Falciani’s fascinating account of the master book thief here: The Rare-Book Thief Who Looted College Libraries in the ’80s – Atlas Obscura

George McGovern and the Religious Left

19 Jul

Historian David¬†Swartz here interviews historian Mark Lempke on Lempke’s new book on George McGovern and Progressive Christianity: George McGovern and the Religious Left

How Benjamin Franklin, a deist, became the founding father of a unique kind of American faith

29 Jun

Historian and Franklin biographer Thomas Kidd explains how Benjamin Franklin lived into an approach to religion that became widespread in America and thrives today: How Benjamin Franklin, a deist, became the founding father of a unique kind of American faith – The Washington Post

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