December 2015 Blog Posts

Rudyard Kipling at 150

“Rikki-Tikki was awake on the pillow,” (1895 edition) The Two Jungle Books
Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet…But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!—Rudyard Kipling “The Ballad of East and West” This week we mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rudyard Kipling, born in Bombay (Mumbai), India, on December 30, 1865.Read More »
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Washington Irving: author of America’s Christmas

Currier & Ives, “Winter in the Country: A Cold Morning”, ca. 1863
There is something in the very season of the year that gives a charm to the festivity of Christmas…In the depth of winter, when nature lies despoiled of every charm, and wrapped in her shroud of sheeted snow, we turn for our gratifications to moral sources. The dreariness and desolation of the landscape, the short gloomy days and darksome nights, while they circumscribe our wanderings, shut in our feelings also from rambling abroad, and make us more keenly disposed for the pleasures of the social circle.—Washington Irving, Old ChristmasRead More »
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Celebrate the Bill of Rights

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Why do we have a Bill of Rights? What difference does it make?A brief historyIn the summer of 1787, as the delegates to the Constitutional Convention debated how to establish a system of government that would secure the rights of citizens better than that under the Articles of Confederation, very little time was devoted to discuss the inclusion of a declaration of individual rights against government in the new Constitution. Read More »
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NEH’s Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle

"Selma to Montgomery Marches"
Five state-of-the-art documentary films are the centerpiece of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Web project, Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.Read More »
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