Aug 08 2013
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, or UN-HABITAT, is the organization’s agency for human settlements. The group’s main objective is to “promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.” More specifically, the Sustainable Urban Development Network, or SUD-NET, works to reduce poverty and encourage the creation and development of “livable, productive and inclusive cities.” Those interested in globalization and urban development worldwide will find much of interest here, including the group’s key activities, thematic focus areas, partnerships, and reports. “Cities and Climate Change Initiative,” a 2009 report, is currently featured on the website, and is available for download as a PDF.
The Massachusetts Historical Society provides this online exhibit on the abolitionist movement in Boston, both prior to and during the Civil War. The website includes seven distinct sections, each highlighting manuscripts, photographs, and artifacts. One section touches on William Lloyd Garrison’s Liberator, an important antislavery newspaper; visitors can read the entire first issue of the newspaper, which was published in 1831. In addition, the Historical Society has provided a number of scans of pamphlets, broadsides, signage, and other ephemera, which are both historically and visually interesting. This collection would be useful for anyone interested in the abolitionist movement or Massachusetts history.
[Source: Scout Report, Volume 19, Number 30, July 26, 2013]
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