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Diversity in the Stacks: Cookbooks from the Middle East and Beyond

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Two bowls of food: the one on the right is a bubbling curry-like dish topped with brightly-colored tomato and parsley; the one on the left is a creamy white soup topped with chickpeas, pomegranate, and pine nuts

Sample the cookbooks featuring food of the Middle East that you can find at the Penn Libraries.

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Everyday Life in Victorian England

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Regent's Square

Three databases recently purchased by the Libraries provide access to scans of rare material that throw light on everyday life in Victorian England.

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Southern Life, Slavery and the Civil War

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Sugar Cane Plantation

In the seminal Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made, Eugene Genovese writes "The reception accorded by white America to black people brought here in chains and raised in slavery and under racist oppression has, first and foremost, provided a record of one of history's greatest crimes."  Even within this brutal system, however, black people found opportunities for creativity, solidarity, love and resistance.  

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Workers' Rights: Socialism to the AFL-CIO

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Labor Party in the USA

From the radical Knights of Labor to the increasingly mainstream AFL-CIO, organizations and movements striving to secure the rights and dignity of workers made enormous strides from the 19th to the mid-20th century.  Laws and regulations protecting the rights of workers in the United States The Libraries have purchased a number of collections that cover the epic struggle for Workers' Rights during the first half of the 20th century.  This period saw the end of child labor, creation of a right

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Investigating and Remembering Japanese-American Internment

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Photo of people working at tables in classroom

On Wednesday, August 12, the University Task Force on Support to Asian and Asian-American Students and Scholars — in collaboration with several University partners — is screening and sponsoring a panel discussion of the documentary 9066 to 9/11: The Past, Present and Future of Anti-Asian Bias in America.

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Diversity in the (Virtual) Stacks: Juneteenth

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Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900, Texas

The Emancipation Proclamation — the executive order which abolished slavery in the Confederacy — went into effect on January 1, 1863. However, the news was kept from enslaved African Americans living in Texas until June of 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston with 2,000 federal troops.

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Ebony, Esquire and U.S. Mass Media Magazines

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Ebony Magazine Covers

During much of the 20th century there was no greater bearer of mass market culture in the United States than the popular magazine, which was designed for a general audience across geographical regions and was not limited by the form or function of newspapers, books, or specialty publications.  These magazines are essential resources for studying social, cultural and political trends and thoughts. 

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LGBT Thought and Culture

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Todd Waddington is Eleanor Roosevelt in "Eleanor & Hick," which premiered during Pride Fest Philadelphia

Contains books, periodicals, and archival materials documenting LGBT political, social and cultural movements throughout the twentieth century. The collection illuminates the lives of lesbians, gays, transgender, and bisexual individuals and the community with content including selections from The National Archives in Kew

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Diversity in the Stacks: Oral History Narratives

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Photograph of actor Laurence Fishburne

Oral histories provide direct access to the lived experiences of individuals through their verbal accounts of events and relationships that shaped their lives.  These narratives preserve those memories so that later generations can learn through the individuals' unedited personal accounts. 

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Sex & Sexuality: Material from the Kinsey Institute Library

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Good Time: A Revue of the World of Pleasure

Sex & Sexuality is a collection of primary source materials which explore changing attitudes towards human sexuality, gender identities and sexual behaviors throughout the twentieth century. This unique collaboration with the Kinsey Institute Library and Special Collections presents correspondence, research papers and records spanning the tenures of the first three Institute directors; Dr Alfred C. Kinsey (1947-1956), Dr Paul H.

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