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Fri, 15 Mar 2019 16:07:44 +0000
Insights: Scholarly Work at the John W. Kluge Center
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Tue, 12 Mar 2019 18:27:49 +0000
The Puzzle of Weak Parties and Strong Partisanship
The following is a guest post by Julia Azari, a professor in the Department of Political Science at the Marquette University and 2019 Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the John W. Kluge Center. Partisanship shapes American politics, and, indeed, many parts of everyday life. Americans are increasingly negative about the possibility of their children marrying someone […] [ + ]
Fri, 08 Mar 2019 17:09:26 +0000
Watch: Drew Gilpin Faust on her history with the Library of Congress
When Drew Gilpin Faust – historian, former Harvard University president, and author of the Bancroft Prize-winning book This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War – accepted the John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity, she took some time to sit down with us to discuss the Library of […] [ + ]
Thu, 07 Mar 2019 16:59:09 +0000
Staff Fellow Mark Horowitz’s Book Released in Paperback
Library of Congress Staff Fellow Mark Horowitz is spending his time at the Kluge Center studying the Oscar Hammerstein Jr. correspondence, but his knowledge of the giants of musical theater extends beyond Hammerstein. In Sondheim on Music: Minor Details and Major Decisions (2003) a co-publication with the Library of Congress, Horowitz collected several interviews he […] [ + ]
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 18:14:47 +0000
African American Passages Episode 4: In Search of Adeline Henson
In the fourth episode of our African American Passages podcast, former John W. Kluge Center Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Georgetown University history professor Adam Rothman goes in search of Adeline Henson, an African-American woman who makes an ephemeral appearance in the Library of Congress’s Manuscript Collections, through two photographs, a bill of sale, and a […] [ + ]
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 19:02:05 +0000
African American Passages Episode 3: Robert Pinn’s Left Hand
In the third episode of our African American Passages podcast, John W. Kluge Center Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Georgetown University history professor Adam Rothman tells the story of Robert Pinn, Medal of Honor winner and sergeant in the 5th United States Colored Troops. Like many soldiers in the Civil War, Pinn lost the use of […] [ + ]
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 21:02:33 +0000
African American Passages Episode 2: The Long Journey of Omar Ibn Said
In the second episode of African American Passages: Black Lives in the 19th Century, John W. Kluge Center Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Georgetown University history professor Adam Rothman looks at the story of Omar Ibn Said. Rothman is joined on the podcast by Mary-Jane Deeb, the Chief of the Library of Congress’s African and Middle […] [ + ]
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 16:49:40 +0000
A Brief Survey of “Elections that Echo”
The following is a guest post by L. Marvin Overby, a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri and 2018-2019 Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the John W. Kluge Center. During my fellowship at the Kluge Center I am researching a book with my University of Missouri colleague James Endersby. Tentatively […] [ + ]
Thu, 07 Feb 2019 20:07:42 +0000
Introducing African-American Passages: Black Lives in the 19th Century
During his time as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar here at the John W. Kluge Center, Georgetown University history professor Adam Rothman recorded an extraordinary series of podcasts. In the podcasts, Rothman examines documents from the Library of Congress’ manuscript collection relating to the lives of African-Americans in the 19th century. He found a number of […] [ + ]
Tue, 05 Feb 2019 20:08:40 +0000
How to Think About Data: A Conversation with Christine Borgman
Members of the Scholars Council are appointed by the Librarian of Congress to advise on matters related to scholarship at the Library, with special attention to the Kluge Center and the Kluge Prize. The Council includes scholars, writers, researchers, and scientists. “Insights” is featuring some of the work of this group of thinkers. Dan Turello […] [ + ]

“My Dear Master”: An Enslaved Blacksmith’s Letters to a President
An unusual letter arrived in the mail for the Tennessee planter James K. Polk shortly after he won the 1844 presidential election. Written from Carrollton, Mississippi, and dated November 28, 1844, the letter began “My Dear Master” and was signed by “Blacksmith Harry.” Here’s what Harry wrote: Suffer your faithful survant Harry to say a […] [ + ]
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