Topic: History

Are Texas textbooks making cops more trigger-happy?

Nov. 18, 2015

Perusing a passage on the Civil War in a high school student’s history textbook in Texas might leave you wondering if black Americans were ever enslaved and if there really is any truth to anti-black racism at all.

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NEH Grant Will Transform Study of Early Books

Aug. 4, 2015
Primeros Libros de las Américas is a digital collection of books printed in the Americas before 1601.

A National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant will make many of the first books printed in the Americas available for the first time in digital full-text format, thanks to innovations in optical character recognition (OCR) technology.

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Briscoe Collection Shows Evolution of Old Glory

July 2, 2015
The Centennial Flag of 1876

However you’re celebrating the Fourth of July, you’ll surely see Old Glory waving over the land of the free and the home of the brave. Look inside the Briscoe Center for American History’s flag collection to see how the star-spangled banner has changed over time. 

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Juneteenth a time to reflect on race relations

June 16, 2015

As Texas and the rest of the nation celebrate the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth — when enslaved Africans in Texas were notified that the Civil War had ended and they were free — we should take this opportunity to reflect on current race...

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The Greatest Patriotic Duty: Address the True Burden of War

May 26, 2015
American Flag

Our wars have never really ended on the date when battlefield hostilities ceased. The costs are always greater than anticipated, and we pay the bills much longer than we expect.

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