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Antislavery in the United States 1776-1865: A Pathfinder

This portal lists various online, print, and manuscript sources pertaining to antislavery sentiment in the United States 1776 to 1865. The Underground Railroad is included in this topic since such activities were a form of ending slavery. Read more

Harriet Tubman

Photo from Library of Congress collections.

Dave Brubeck, 1920-2012, Pianist and Composer: A Biography and Bibliography

Read a short bio about pianist and composer Dave Brubeck. Find archival resources, articles, books, interviews, recordings, reviews, scores, videos, and websites by and/or about Dave Brubeck. Read more

Dave Brubeck Quartet at Congress Hall Frankfurt/Main (1967). From left to right: Joe Morello, Eugene Wright, Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond.

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Eleanor Roosevelt’s High Expectations Regarding Madame Mayling Chiang Kai-shek

Eleanor Roosevelt and Madame Chiang Kai-shek greatly influenced their husbands during World War II, a time when men still held a firm grasp on society. Eleanor Roosevelt had high expectations regarding Madame Chiang. What were the expectations? Why didn’t Madame Chiang meet these expectations? Read more


Eleanor Roosevelt and Madame Chiang Kai-shek at Mount Vernon, Virginia, February 22, 1943.

Photo from Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum collections.

“Economy Rules the Day” The Civil War Sacrifices of Judith Walker McGuire

Judith Walker McGuire wholeheartedly supported the Confederacy during the Civil War. She made various patriotic contributions to the war effort as noted in her Diary of a Southern Refugee During the War. What were the contributions McGuire made during the war? Did such activities comply with gender roles of Southern society? How did wartime economics prevent McGuire from becoming the ideal Confederate female patriot? Read more for answers

Hoxton House, Episcopal High School, Alexandria, Virginia.

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Overshadowed: The Value of Judith McGuire’s Diary of a Southern Refugee During the War

How do Civil War and women’s history scholars regard Judith McGuire’s Diary of a Southern Refugee During the War? What sources overshadow Diary of a Southern Refugee During the War? Read more for answers

Judith White McGuire's grave

©Tim Sheehan

Woodrow Wilson and Poland’s Independence

During World War I, United States President Woodrow Wilson supported Polish independence. Yet Wilson also was a practical politician. Many other ethnic groups in America wanted their native lands to be recognized as sovereign nations. If one nation received recognition, then others would demand the same, or would be bitter towards the President. How did President Wilson handle the domestic and international issues involved with Poland’s Independence? Read more for answers

President Woodrow Wilson addressing Congress, 1917.

Photo from Library of Congress collections.