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a British cartoon of Thomas Paine
Posted: June 29, 2011

Religion and Revolution

While contemporary historians still debate the role of religion in the intellectual ideals of the American Revolution, many eighteenth-century Americans saw little tension between the philosophical arguments for revolution and their religious beliefs. Learn more about religion and the argument for American Independence on EDSITEment, the award-winning NEH website.

Posted: June 28, 2011

What's on the Menu?

The New York Public Library is using ‘crowdsourcing’ to create a searchable digital database of tens of thousands of restaurant menu offerings from the early 20th Century.

photograph of Charles Darwin's study
Posted: June 22, 2011

Charles Darwin's Personal Library Goes Public

A joint U.S.-U.K. project is digitizing every page of all the great naturalist’s books, allowing readers to search through Darwin’s annotations and re-trace the development of the theory of evolution.

NEH Chairman Jim Leach and Morton Schapiro, President of Northwestern University
Posted: June 20, 2011

Leach Completes Civility Tour

Nineteen months after he began, NEH Chairman Jim Leach has completed his Civility Tour, visiting every state in the nation to raise public awareness of how “polarizing attitudes can jeapardize social cohesion and even public safety."

Newspaper vendor and cart in camp in Virginia, 1863
Posted: June 20, 2011

Glorious Victory?

Read how newspapers of the day covered the Battle of Bull Run.

logo of the Victor Talking Machine Company
Posted: June 16, 2011

Keeping Complete Records About Records

The Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings -- an NEH-supported preservation resource -- contains a wealth of detailed information about the first decades of the U.S. record industry.

stylized image of bridge
Posted: June 16, 2011

Bridging Cultures, an NEH Special Initiative

The Endowment's special initiative, Bridging Cultures, encourages study and informed conversation about commonalities across cultures and subcultures, both within in United States and abroad.

photo of the Great Dismal Swamp
Posted: June 16, 2011

The Great Dismal Swamp

An NEH-funded archaeology project is unearthing evidence -- spanning three centuries -- that numerous oppressed groups took refuge in the swamp, including runaway slaves and displaced Native Americans.

19th-century oyster advertising
Posted: June 16, 2011

Oyster Wars

Oysters -- once deemed only suitable for the poor man’s pot -- grew so popular in the years after the Civil War that they created a sort of comestible "gold rush" in the Chesapeake Bay.

Monet painting: seated woman, reading in spring garden
Posted: June 15, 2011

Selected Summer Reading List

EDSITEment, NEH’s award-winning educational website, provides college-bound students and lifelong learners with a comprehensive recommended summer reading list that links users to relevant lesson plans and websites for further enrichment.