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...
Women in the Bible; Matriarchs (Bible); Bible. O.T. Genesis; Bible. O.T. Genesis - Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Eve or Lot's wife, Sarah or Hagar, Rebecca, Leah and Rachel - many of the women characters in the book of Genesis are used as archetypes for women until this day. Yet how well do these images, disseminated about these women from everything from...
Transportation; Local transit; Automobiles; Firestone Tire and Rubber Company; General Motors Corporation; Pacific Electric Railway Company; Standard Oil Company;
In the popular mind, Southern California, with Los Angeles as its epicenter, is the region of the U.S. most associated with the automobile, both its joys and its discontents. From the Beach Boys paean to "fun, fun, fun until her daddy takes the...
Comic books, strips, etc. - Study and teaching (Higher); Comic books, strips, etc. - Japan; Graphic novels; Storytelling
Comics, like art, are extremely difficult to define and yet, like obscenity, everyone has their own internal definition that they instantly recognize. For better or worse, graphic novels have come of age and have been legitimized not just by the...
United States. Constitution; Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (U.S.); Families; Marriage; Same-sex marriage; Reproductive technology
The Constitution aims to guarantee individual rights, yet is remarkably silent on the matter of what defines a family and which family members are entitled to particular constitutional protections. Debates over such topics as marriage, parental...
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