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map of the slave trade routes from 1500 to 1900
Posted: January 21, 2011

Voyages: The Transatlantic Slave Trade Database

Until very recently, many African Americans were unable to trace their ancestors’ first steps in America because so few credible records were available.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr with President Lyndon Johnson in 1966
Posted: January 14, 2011

NEH-Supported Projects on the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A minister, civil rights leader, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and champion of nonviolent social change, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a key figure of the 20th century.

Captain John Smith's map of Virginia
Posted: January 10, 2011

Jamestown Rediscovered

The original Jamestown settlement was thought to have vanished -- until an NEH-supported archaeology team unearthed it.

Samuel Clemens as a teenage printer, 1850
Posted: January 10, 2011

Autobiography of Mark Twain

Mark Twain demanded that his autobiography not be published in its entirety until 100 years after his death because he feared that much of it was too incendiary.

Digging Through Digital Archives
Posted: December 20, 2010

"Text Mining"--Digging through Digital Archives

Searching through a sizable fraction of civilization’s written records before digital technology was like searching a beach for buried coins before the metal detector: a formidably time-consuming and onerous burden with a dismayingly small chance of success.

NEH Chairman Leach receives the Common Ground Award from Susan Collin Marks
Posted: November 19, 2010

Civility, Honors and Healing

This month, National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Jim Leach participated in several events related to his 50-state Civility Tour initiative and the NEH’s work with state humanities councils.

Mo Yan, Chinese novelist, with bust of Mark Twain
Posted: October 28, 2010

Translating Culture: American and Chinese Scholars and Artists Gather for Roundtable Discussions

As part of its ongoing Bridging Cultures initiative, the National Endowment for the Humanities recently sponsored a two-day cultural forum that brought together American and Chinese artists and scholars.