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Posted by | February 8, 2018
Forgotten Works of 1918: Reassessing Edith Wharton’s ‘The Marne’ (#explore1918)

My past two entries for #explore1918 have dealt with serious political issues: specifically, censorship and sedition in wartime through the lens of the Philadelphia Tageblatt trial; and an odd and unsuccessful effort to associate...

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Posted by | February 7, 2018
A Declaration of Independence for the Oppressed: The Mid-European Union at Independence Hall (#explore1918)

A Remarkably-Timed Celebration Although the Great War would not end for another three weeks, and much of the city was laid low with the deadly Spanish influenza epidemic, for some...

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Posted by | February 3, 2018
The Limitations of Free Speech in Wartime: The Philadelphia Tageblatt Trial (#explore1918)

September of 1918 was a fraught time in Philadelphia. Day after day, newspaper headlines carried a grim mixture of battle updates from the Great War, seemingly endless lists war casualties,...

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Posted by | February 3, 2018
The Limitations of Free Speech in Wartime: The Philadelphia Tageblatt Trial (#explore1918)

September of 1918 was a fraught time in Philadelphia. Day after day, newspaper headlines carried a grim mixture of battle updates from the Great War, seemingly endless lists war casualties,...

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Posted by | February 1, 2018
New Year! New Site! Same Old Cynthia

Hi folks! Boy, 2017 was a humdinger, huh? You may notice that this site looks and behaves a little differently than before- and that my blog now has a name,...

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Posted by | December 21, 2017
Florence Kelley and Foucault Walk Into an Archive

I often say that I'm lucky that I study the reformers of the Progressive Era (roughly 1890-1917) because they obsessively documented everything they ever saw or heard or thought. As...

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Posted by | December 16, 2017
The Role of Archivists: An Elevator Pitch

Archivists need an elevator pitch. They need to use it widely and often, and they should encourage the people who work within them (for example: historians, teachers, genealogists, and journalists)...

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Posted by | December 10, 2017
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Posted by | December 6, 2017
Goodbye, Gothamist

Because the calendar seems to have reset to 1899 (or a dystopian 2099?), last month the billionaire owner of a major online news syndicate shuttered the sites a week after...

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Posted by | December 2, 2017
No Archive is an Island (So Please Stock Some Tissues)

Plaque marking the site of S. Weir Mitchell's House on Walnut Street. Author's photo. I'm frequently shocked at how much of the world I've been missing out on when I...

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