Midwifery; South Carolina; Twentieth century; Childbirth
How did childbirth, once commonly administered in the household by lay midwives for women, become the domain of the hospital and the state? During the early 20th century, it was common for older African-American women -- Granny Midwives -- to...
Printing presses; Isaiah Thomas & Co. (Walpole, N.H.); American Antiquarian Society
During his sabbatical in 2011-12, Professor of Literature and HMC Dean of Faculty Jeff Groves studied a rare wooden printing press, built in 1747, as a Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA. To obtain a practical knowledge of...
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (U.S.); Constitutional law - United States; Education
The Founders had a lot to say on the importance of education and book learning to the survival of the early republic. The Constitution, however -- a document just as important for what it doesn't say as what it says -- never mentions education or...
Blogs have in the last couple of years loomed large in the Western imagination, but the ideas about blogs that have circulated both through the mainstream media and through academia have been extremely limited in scope. In the popular imagination,...
Belfast (Northern Ireland); Northern Ireland; Northern Ireland - Symbolic representation; Street art; Mural painting and decoration; Sinn Féin;
From the start of The Troubles in 1969 to the signing of the Belfast Agreement in 1998, Northern Ireland was the site of a violent conflict fought out between the British State, the Irish Republican Movement, and Loyalist Paramilitary Forces....
California; California - Economic conditions; Education; Real property; Pollution; Unemployment
Things look pretty bad here: Budget crises, failing schools, bulging prisons, polluted skies, collapsing real estate, painful unemployment - the list goes on and on. How did the once Golden State get into such trouble? Historian and filmmaker...
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