Category Archives: Social Studies

Library Link of the Day: In gender discrimination, social class matters a great deal

Courtesy of The Conversation: The Harvey Weinstein guilty verdict is a victory for the #MeToo movement. “Today is a powerful day & a huge step forward in our collective healing,” wrote the actress Rose McGowan on Twitter. Still, sexism is pervasive in American … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: 4 ways to protect yourself from disinformation

Courtesy of The Conversation: You might have fallen for someone’s attempt to disinform you about current events. But it’s not your fault. Even the most well-intentioned news consumers can find today’s avalanche of political information difficult to navigate. With so … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: When the Soviet Union Paid Pepsi in Warships

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura: On April 9, 1990, American newspapers reported on an unusual deal. Pepsi had come to a three billion dollar agreement with the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union had long traded Stolichnaya vodka in return for Pepsi … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: To Evade Pre-Prohibition Drinking Laws, New Yorkers Created the World’s Worst Sandwich

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura: NEAR THE END OF THE 19th century, New Yorkers out for a drink partook in one of the more unusual rituals in the annals of hospitality. When they ordered an ale or whisky, the waiter or bartender … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Sailors’ Valentines Were Painstakingly Crafted, But Not by Sailors

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura: Beaches and shorelines around the world are scattered with all manner of art supplies, from cockle to clam and conch shells. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, seashells like these were intricately arranged into geometric mosaics … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Inmates Are Earning Free College Degrees Behind Bars, And Their Recidivism Rate Plunges to 2%

Courtesy of The Good News Network: In a win-win for the public, these New York prisoners proudly earned their college degrees—while they were still behind bars. They were part of the latest graduating class consisting of inmates who’ve gotten their … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Confidence in public acceptance of election results connects to following political news, relying on social media

Courtesy of Pew Research Center: Last week’s caucus-tallying muddle in Iowa shined a spotlight on the way U.S. presidents are elected and on the possibility that, in a divided nation, there could be controversies over vote tallies, results and the … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: The Forgotten Trans History of the Wild West

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura: FROM 1900 TO 1922, HARRY Allen was one of the most notorious men in the Pacific Northwest. The West was still wide and wild then, a place where people went to find their fortunes, escape the law, … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Crafty Denver Nonprofit Snags Old Hotel and Turns it into ‘Instant Housing’ for Low-Income and Homeless

Courtesy of The Good News Network: In Denver, Colorado, the price of housing continues to rise, but opportunities to create low-income housing are expensive and, take years to build. So when the Quality Inn and Suites on Quebec St. went … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: With Hecho en USA, USA Today wants to tell Latinos’ “everyday stories about navigating life in America”

Courtesy of NiemanLab: For all of the stories about Spanish-language news media dwindling in the United States, there are still some bright spots. There’s Jambalaya News in New Orleans, which reshaped its mission after Hurricane Katrina, The Washington Post’s bi-weekly news podcast in Spanish, and El Tímpano in Oakland experimenting with … Continue reading

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