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Universities in the Big Society

Where’s the best place to research the American Revolution? Boston, the urban crucible of resistance to British rule? Or Virginia, home to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson? Both have much to offer, but there’s also a wealth of material in … Continue reading

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Jack Johnson – the most hated black man in America

Jack Johnson

Few people outside the world of boxing have heard of Jack Johnson.
However, in the early years of the twentieth century, Johnson was perhaps the most hated black man in America. Continue reading

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Wikileaks and the Pentagon Papers

Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, perhaps the online community’s most well-known ‘whistle blower’ website, is currently under house arrest and awaiting extradition to Sweden for alleged sexual offences. Wikileaks has revealed previously secret details about the workings of the Church … Continue reading

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Speech of the Century – Vote Here

voting system Speeches in History Last week saw the death, at the age of 82, of Ted Sorensen, one of John F. Kennedy’s key associates. It was Sorensen who drafted Kennedy’s landmark ‘Ask not what your country can do for … Continue reading

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Science, Race and Slavery

What we’re reading: Chris Evans on Darwin’s Sacred Cause Adrian Desmond and James Moore, Darwin’s Sacred Cause: Race, Slavery and the Quest for Human Origins (Penguin, 2010). The popular image of Charles Darwin is of a reclusive sage, wholly driven … Continue reading

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News from the Classroom: Violence in America

Second Year Option: ‘Violence in America’ The United States of America is a violent country. On any average day in the U.S. there are 81 gun-related deaths. The murder rate for American men aged between 15 and 24 is 37 … Continue reading

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Barack Obama

First African-American President of the United States “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; … Continue reading

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