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American Prison Newspapers, 1800-2020 : Voices From The Inside

Posted on by Lauris Olson
The Angolite (example cover for American Prison Newspapers, 1800-2020)

Presenting newspapers written and published by incarcerated people from within federal and state prisons nationwide, American Prison Newspapers, 1800-2020 : Voices From The Inside aims to offer a quarter-million page-images with searchable fulltext from more than 300 prison newspaper titles when completed. The first installment of six prison newspapers is now available for reading by Penn students, faculty, and staff on the JSTOR platform.

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Two new ebook collections : British Archaeological Reports and Archaeopress

Posted on by Deborah Stewart
BAR Publishing logo
British Archaeological Reports (BAR) and Archaeopress are two Oxford-based publishers that have built their reputation on publishing relatively quick, inexpensive, yet scholarly monographs, conference proceedings, reports, and - in Archaeopress's case - journals on archaeology and archaeological sciences worldwide.
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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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Children's Literature and Culture

Posted on by Mayelin Perez
Collage of covers from children's books

Composed of vibrant archival materials ranging in genre and format from stereo photographs to sheet music, and from picture books to card games, Children’s Literature and Culture presents an expansive view of literature and print culture produced for and by children in the long nineteenth century.

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Now Online! The Washington Post Website

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Washington Post logo

Read all about it! Baby pandas, the Capital Weather Gang ... and, oh yes, the 2020 Presidential General Election. The Penn Libraries announces a new campus-wide subscription to The Washington Post website. This new subscription, live right now, uses Penn campus IP ranges and PennKey authentication

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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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Oxford Research Encyclopedias

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Explore by Discipline

When most students are asked about encyclopedias their first thought is of Wikipedia. When the advantages of scholarly encyclopedias are pointed out, however, they are easily convinced of their benefits. What are the benefits? Online scholarly encyclopedias provide signed articles by identified experts and undergo continuous revision with each iteration indicated.

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Cross-Campus Picks: Milford Graves — A Mind-Body Deal

Posted on by Gretchen Stiteler
Display of and plants in foreground with manakins in background

At the end of September, the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) reopened its doors to the public for an exhibition on the work of Milford Graves, presented by Ars Nova Workshop. Graves is perhaps best known as a progressive jazz drummer, though categorizing him as a percussionist would be akin to labeling Benjamin Franklin a postmaster. 

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Just Launched: The Student and Youth Environmental Activism Web Archive

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Screenshot from website showing photo of student activists with text A Youth-Led Call For Climate Action

The Student and Youth Environmental Activism Web Archive documents youth and student engagement in climate change and environmental issues from around the globe beginning in 2019. It contains websites and online documents created by individuals, groups, organizations, and coalitions of student and youth-led environmental activism

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Just Launched: The Belarusian Politics and Society Web Archive

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Screenshot of website with map of Belarus

Developed by librarians at Harvard and Stanford Universities, and the University of Chicago — under the auspices of the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation — the Belarusian Politics and Society Web Archive exists to preserve material related to the 2020 presidential election campaign in Belarus and the events that followed

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