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  1. The Work of Freedom: Individual and Communal

    The African American historical journey is characterized by a commitment to engaging in the work of freedom, while remaining focused on service of self and community. Each rung on liberation’s ladder has been forged by a collective handhold which grasps e ...

    SOAKLEY - 04/19/2016 - 11:51 - Programming & Exhibitions

  2. Places in the Heart

    Images from the Picturing America collection celebrate scenic as well as man-made wonders—those carved by the forces of nature and those crafted by human ingenuity. Some also suggest the ways in which human experience is shaped, even defined, by place. Th ...

    SOAKLEY - 04/19/2016 - 11:48 - Programming & Exhibitions

  3. Objects of Art

    Images from the Picturing America collection present Native American art from pre-historic Anasazi pottery, through nineteenth-century ledger art, to the pottery and basketry of the early twentieth century. Art created by non-Natives depicting Indian imag ...

    SOAKLEY - 04/19/2016 - 11:46 - Programming & Exhibitions

  4. What America Reads: Myth Making in Popular Fiction

    The mass appeal of many fiction best-sellers seems to come from the combination of mythic characters and realistic, historically identifiable settings. These five novels, published between 1852 and 1971, are united not only by their reliance on a sense of ...

    SOAKLEY - 04/18/2016 - 15:54 - Programming & Exhibitions

  5. Making Tracks

    In 1876, fewer than fifty years after the first railroad lines were laid in North America, Walt Whitman composed a poem—“To a Locomotive in Winter”—that captured the power and energy of the train, the machine that Whitman hailed as the “Type of the modern ...

    SOAKLEY - 04/19/2016 - 11:43 - Programming & Exhibitions

  6. Sovereign Worlds: Native Peoples Reclaim Their Lives and Heritage

    Manifesto, history, and fiction collide in this series to present a multi-layered view of the condition of Native Americans. Eye-opening and thought-provoking, this series will teach you more about Native Americans than you ever learned in school. Book Li ...

    SOAKLEY - 04/18/2016 - 15:52 - Programming & Exhibitions

  7. Seeds of Change: The Encounter That Transformed the World

    This series examines Christopher Columbus and his effects on history from a variety of genres and viewpoints: cultural, historical, fictional, and satirical. Seeds of Change: A Quincentennial Commemoration is a collection of essays tracing Old and New Wor ...

    SOAKLEY - 04/18/2016 - 15:49 - Programming & Exhibitions

  8. Land of Opportunity

    The story of the championship racehorse Seabiscuit as told by Laura Hillenbrand is the story of the American Dream realized. The central figures—the horse, the trainer, the jockey, and the owner—seemed destined for ordinary lives—for obscurity, if not for ...

    SOAKLEY - 04/19/2016 - 11:40 - Programming & Exhibitions

  9. One Vision, Many Voices: Latino Literature in the U.S.

    This series explores the diversity within the writings of those whose linguistic and cultural heritage stems from Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and other Spanish-speaking Central and South American countries. Book List In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alv ...

    SOAKLEY - 04/18/2016 - 15:46 - Programming & Exhibitions

  10. Not for Children Only: Children’s Classics for Adults

    This series offers new and old classics of children’s literature, along with a brief history of how writing for children has evolved over time. Book List The Classic Fairy Tales by Iona Opie and Pete Opie Little Women by Louisa May Alcott The Secret Garde ...

    SOAKLEY - 04/18/2016 - 15:44 - Programming & Exhibitions

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