Archive for August, 2016

Poetry of the First World War

While not the first global war (that honor belongs to what we in the United States label The Seven Years’ War), the carnage that was produced was ineffable. Much poetry was generated out of this conflict. Some of the best sites include: First World War Digital Poetry Archives that contains thousands of poems and artifacts, learned essays, and numerous links to educational resources; the Poetry Foundation’s The Poetry of World War I presenting a lengthy chronological, linked list of poems; Twelve great First World War poems; and Reframing First World War Poetry from the British Library.

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Find Out Where NJCU Ranks in the 2016 Edition of Washington Monthly’s College Rankings

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House Task Force Accuses CENTCOM of Manipulating ISIS Intel

Initial Findings of the U.S. House of Representatives Joint Task Force on U.S. Central Command Intelligence Analysis states that:

The Joint Task Force finds that the changes made at the CENTCOM Intelligence Directorate starting in mid-2014 resulted in the production and dissemination of intelligence products that were inconsistent with the judgments of many senior, career analysts at CENTCOM. Across the four campaigns analyzed by the Joint Task Force, these products also consistently described U.S. actions in a more positive light than other assessments from the IC and were typically more optimistic than actual events warranted….

In addition, “Survey results provided to the Joint Task Force demonstrated that dozens of analysts viewed the subsequent leadership environment as toxic, with 40% of analysts responding that they had experienced an attempt to distort or suppress intelligence in the past year. (11)


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Historic Black Newspapers

On the Chronicling America site from the Library of Congress, one can find 55 black newspapers from various states and times. You can examine what issues the Library possesses as well as read some detailed histories on most of these papers. A great primary source.

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Why the Middle East Is the Way It Is Today

No one piece of writing can actually detail how the Middle East is now an area in so much turmoil, but reading this – Fractured Lands: How The Arab World Came Apart from The New York Times Magazine– can offer some insights. (N.B. This is the only time in the magazine’s history that it has devoted the entire section to a single story.)

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Our Newest National Monument

In honor of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, President Obama has declared this 87,000 acre preserve in Maine as our newest national monument. The difference between a national park and a national monument is explained here. A report in The Smithsonian provides links and background information.

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Online Primary Sources for American History: Early Diplomatic Correspondence

Before the United States was the United States, it operated under the Continental Congress and the Articles of Confederation, a less than effective central government. However, it still needed to have relations with foreign powers if only to secure needed military supplies and other forms of aid. Representatives were dispatched to Europe, among them Benjamin Franklin, to engage in diplomatic negotiations. Their various writings and other documents are collected in The revolutionary diplomatic correspondence of the U.S. under direction of Congress (6 volumes, 1889) and The Emerging nation: a documentary history of the foreign relations of the United States under the Articles of Confederation, 1780-1789 (3 volumes, 1996).


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