Nakahama Manjirō (中濱 万次郎) the first Japanese national to emigrate to America, born

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Herman Melville boards the New Bedford whaleship the Acushnet bound for the South Pacific

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Benny Carter Jazz Appreciation Month poster, 2016

Jazz Appreciation Month 2016: Benny Carter and Democracy

Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) was created by the National Museum of American History in 2002 to celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz. Each year the museum picks a major musician to commemorate.

  • William Henry Singleton: Boy Runaway

    Created February 29, 2016
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    Created February 29, 2016
  • Henry “Box” Brown’s Narrative: Creating Original Historical Fiction

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    Cartoon of man playing polo in a wheelchair

    Disability History Museum

    This site hosts a library of virtual artifacts, education curricula, and museum exhibits (forthcoming). These programs are designed to foster research and study about the historical experiences of people with disabilities and their communities.

    Cartoon of man playing polo in a wheelchair

    Disability History Museum

    This site hosts a library of virtual artifacts, education curricula, and museum exhibits (forthcoming). These programs are designed to foster research and study about the historical experiences of people with disabilities and their communities.

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    American Vernacular Music Manuscripts

    NEH-funded American Vernacular Music Manuscripts, ca. 1730-1910: Digital Collections from the American Antiquarian Society and the Center for Popular Music" offers handwritten music manuscripts by common Americans, containing primary and direct evidence of their musical preferences during a particular time and in a particular place.

  • Lesson Three. The Power of the Majority over Thought

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    Alexis de Tocqueville portrait

    In Tocqueville’s discussion of how the majority in America constrains freedom of thought, he makes some of the most extreme criticisms against democracy. For example, he says “I do not know any country where, in general, less independence of mind and genuine freedom of discussion reign than in America”; and, “there is no freedom of mind in America.”