May 2017 Blog Posts

Visiting the Seaman’s Bethel

Tower of Seaman's Bethel, New Bedford
In the heart of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park lies an area of streets paved with sett stones—a brick-shaped version of cobblestones dating back to the 1800s.Read More »
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Memorial Day: Commemoration, Rediscovery, and Reconsideration

Photo of poppy field
On the last Monday in May the nation celebrates Memorial Day. It is, of course, a day off from school and work and the unofficial beginning of the summer. There are cookouts, picnics, and always a televised concert on the National Mall.Much more important, it is an occasion to pay tribute to those men and women who have died in defense of the homeland. There is a rich literature of speeches, stories, poems, and essays about these sacrifices. Read More »
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Celebrating Studs Terkel – Interviewer of America

Photograph of Studs Terkel during one of the Bughouse Square Debates of the past
“I want people to talk to one another no matter what their difference of opinion might be.”—Studs TerkelNo one captured oral history like Studs Terkel. He was a one-of-a-kind radio show personality, a fixture in Chicago broadcasting, where he held court at WFMT for four and half decades, from 1952 to 1997, engaging in conversation with some of the greatest minds and artistic lights of the 20th century.Read More »
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Malcolm X: A Radical Vision for Civil Rights

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X
When most people think of the civil rights movement, they think of Martin Luther King, Jr., whose "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963 and his acceptance of the Peace Prize the following year,  secured his place as the voice of non-violent, mass protest in the 1960s.Read More »
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