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Feb 13 2012

Review of International American Studies (RIAS)

Review of International American Studies (RIAS) is the peer-reviewed, electronic/print-on-demand journal of the International American Studies Association, a worldwide, independent, non-governmental association of American Studies. RIAS serves as agora for the global network of international scholars, teachers, and students of America as hemispheric and global phenomenon.

It is available free of charge as an Open Access journal on the Internet. Please click here to access.

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Apr 11 2011

Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice

Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice seeks articles aimed toward instructors of American literature courses in 4-year and 2-year universities and colleges. Their goal is to feature practical articles on best classroom practices, including the use of the Internet and other technology. Articles featuring the use of critical theories in teaching American literature and introducing minor or lost American authors are welcome, as are reviews of new titles that would interest instructors.

It is available free of charge as an Open Access journal on the Internet. Please click here to access.

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Jan 28 2011

Making a Difference Through the Arts

The Asia Society released the report in August 2010, and it was part of a broader effort “to stimulate new thinking and to identify extant resources than can enhance connectivity between the United States and Muslim communities in Asia.” The report takes a close look at the “diverse ways in which stakeholders in cultural development and exchange initiatives in and with Asian Muslim communities have built successful projects by drawing on culturally grounded knowledge and strategies.” Throughout its 95-pages the report offers reports from successful initiatives across the globe, and it also spells out six core principles and strategies based on the empirical case studies from this work. For anyone interested in this type of cultural
policy work, this piece will be most helpful.

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Nov 11 2010

Open Area Studies Journal

The Open Area Studies Journal is an Open Access online journal which publishes original research articles, reviews and short articles in all areas of Area Studies. Such studies cover all aspects on the culture,
politics, economics, social sciences, philosophy, language and contemporary issues of various geographic regions.

The main regions that are covered in the journal are the following: China; Japan; Africa; Latin America; Middle East; Europe; Asia; North America; Scandinavia; Pacific Basin; Russia and the Baltic.

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Sep 28 2010

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library

Located in Simi Valley, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library is dedicated “to the promotion of individual liberty, economic opportunities, global democracy, and national pride.” All told, the Foundation and Library hold over 55 million pages of documents related to President Reagan’s life, and 40,000 gifts and artifacts that chronicle his life with his wife, Nancy Reagan. First-time visitors will want to start by taking the video tour of the grounds led by noted actor Gary Sinise. After that, visitors can click on the “Library & Museum” area, where they can learn about the permanent and rotating exhibits on the grounds, including the dramatic Air Force One Pavilion. In the “Education” area, visitors can take a look at the lesson plans here and also learn about teacher’s workshops and professional development events. The site is rounded out by a collection of live webcasts from the Foundation’s Center for Public Affairs.

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May 03 2010

Abraham Lincoln Association Publications

The University of Michigan libraries website has a large digital collection of work about Abraham Lincoln which was originally published by the Abraham Lincoln Association (ALA). As stated on the ALA website the mission of The Abraham Lincoln Association is “to preserve and make more accessible the landmarks associated with his life, and to actively encourage, promote, and aid the collection and dissemination of authentic information regarding all phases of his life and career.” Visitors will find that the ALA has succeeded in their goal when they “Browse” the volumes of work available in electronic form on the site. There are “The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, 1953″, “The Abraham Lincoln Association Serials”, which includes “The Abraham Lincoln Quarterly, 1940-1952″, “Bulletin of the Abraham Lincoln Association, 1923-1939″, “Lincoln Centennial Association Addresses, 1909-1918″, and the “Lincoln Monographs”. In addition to browsing the volumes, visitors can perform “Simple Searches”, “Boolean Searches” and “Proximity Searches”.

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Jan 28 2010

The Lincoln Log

What exactly was Abraham Lincoln doing on June 11, 1850? As it turns out, he was writing a letter to one Nathaniel Hay, describing the details of a potential home-improvement project. If you’re looking for more details on Lincoln’s daily doings, click on over to The Lincoln Log. The information on the site was compiled by the Lincoln Sesquicentennial Commission, and in 2003, the materials were redesigned by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. Visitors to the site can find out what Lincoln was doing on a particular day by using the drop-down menus on the homepage, and they can also browse by year or click on the “Today’s Date in Lincoln’s Life” section. Also, visitors can use the “Browse New Entries” to look over newly added materials.

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Jan 28 2010

Oral History of the U.S. House of Representatives

The rich oral history of the House of Representatives of the United States was finally authorized to be preserved in 2004.  The website of the Office of History and Preservation in the Office of the Clerk has much to recommend it.  Visitors interested in getting a scope of the project should click on the link “Interviewees”, in the middle of the page.  The range of sessions of Congress included in the interviewees is from the 72nd to the 111th. Interestingly, the interviewees are not only elected Representatives, but also include “House Officers, Member aides, committee staff, support staff, family of Members, and select former Representatives.”  The “Historic Events” section in the lower third of the page links to a list of historic events of the House, as well as the number of interviewees who discuss the event in their interview.  Visitors can click on the event to bring up the name of the interviewee and the link to their interview.

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Jan 08 2010

American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers’ Project,1936-1940

How do you tell the life of a country through its people? It is a difficult task, to be sure, and in the 1930s and 1940s the Federal Writers’ Project sent hundreds of interviewers out across the country to talk to people about their lives and experiences. These interviews touch on the Great Depression, slavery, political views, the role of the federal government, local folklore, and a myriad of other topics. First-time visitors to this Library of Congress website should read over the “Voices from the Thirties: An Introduction to the WPA Life Histories Collection” section. Visitors can search the interviews by keyword or state, and visitors may wish to start by reading the interview of Louis Larsen, a farmer, social activist and singer in Nebraska, who the interviewer noted “feels the masses are victims of a planned exploitation by a vicious class of legal bandits.”

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Jan 05 2010

Magazine Americana

Americana: The Institute for the Study of American Popular Culture is an academic, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to the publication of exceptional American creative writing and American Studies
scholarship, 1900 to present. They are especially interested in publishing material that examines such issues as social justice, human rights, environmental awareness, the human condition, diversity, love, compassion, ethical and moral obligations. In other words, they are passionate about projects that empower and uplift humanity.

Magazine Americana features shorter blog or op-ed style articles as well as longer features written for a general audience. The writers are not satisfied by observing a cultural phenomenon; rather, they seek to
analyze that phenomenon, to answer the eternal question, “Why is it so?” Their hope is that answering this question will lead to a better understanding of culture and thus lead to a better understanding
of ourselves.

Topics generally include, film, television, music, sports, politics, venues, style, best sellers, emerging popular culture and book reviews.

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