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Barnard, “Arbitrable Nathan,” and the 1895 Police Cipher

It was 1895, and the company of St. Louis printing manufacturer George D. Barnard was focused on telegraph wires, specifically how individuals might tap them to “listen in” on Morse-code messages between police U.S. 719 more words

History

The Star Spangled Banner

On September 14, 1814, 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key began writing a poem he called “Defence of Fort M’Henry” after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in Baltimore Harbor during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. 3,930 more words

Historic Events

US Department of State: Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs Release of Foreign Relations Volumes

US Department of State: Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs Release of Foreign Relations Volumes . “The Department of State today announces the release of newly digitized versions of thirty-two volumes from the Foreign Relations of the United States series, the official documentary record of U.S. 19 more words

Tweaks & Updates

What is the United States of America?

“Has it been like this in the past or is this something new?” my friend Pádraig asked.

We were sitting in one of the coffee shops close to Purdue’s campus, and around us I could hear the familiar chatter one associates with a café that caters to college students, professors, and artsy town folks. 3,547 more words

Cyber Pamphleteer: Imagined Stations

Indigenous Digital Archive: Talks and Demos of the Indigenous Digital Archive this Fall

Indigenous Digital Archive: Talks and Demos of the Indigenous Digital Archive this Fall. “The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and Museum of New Mexico Foundation, in collaboration with the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the State Library Tribal Libraries Program, is creating a free online resource of interest to students, families, researchers, and communities. 55 more words

New Resources

Exit 165. Torn loyalties.

The current controversy over the removal of monuments of historical figures associated with the Confederate States (for my non-American readers, that would be the rebels of the American Civil War of 1861-65, who lost), as well as a recent trip to visit relatives north of here, got me thinking.   711 more words