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Interactive Infographic – Compare Government Priorities Over the Past 13 Years

PEW Research has published an interactive infographic that highlights changing governmental priorities over the last 13 years. Viewers can sort priorities based on year, political affiliation, age, and gender (as well as look at the content overall). This is a great visualization of data for students and scholars of history and civics. Check out the free infographic and its resources here.

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Huge amounts of new World War One goodies

If you’re interested in World War I, here are some great resources for you!

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Several years ago we got it with tons of American Civil War stuff because of the 150th anniversary thing. We’re about to get hit again with the 100th anniversary of World War One.

Get a head start by heading over to three new sites created by the University of Oxford:

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NYT – Interactive Map of Poverty in the United States

SNAPThe New York Times has published a powerful interactive map of poverty in the United states. The nation-wide map provides color coded information county-by-county. Additionally for highly urban areas, such as New York City and Los Angeles, it provides even more detailed and specialized information.

The map is generated from data collected from the census bureau. The Poverty Threshold in America in 2012 was $11,945 for an individual under 65 and $23,283 for a family of four.

To examine the interactive map, check out the map here.

Digitized Rare Books & Special Collections from the Library of Congress

An illustration of the heliocentric solar system model put forward by Copernicus.  Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

An illustration of the heliocentric solar system model put forward by Copernicus.
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The Library of Congress has published selections of its Rare Books & Special Collections for public access. This is a great resource for educators looking for primary source materials or researchers wanting access to content. The digitized selections include letters, images, and other important documents that are housed by the special collections division of the Library of Congress.

For example, see the “Account of Louisiana” put forward to Congress by President Thomas Jefferson, the early drafts of the American ConstitutionDe revolutionibus orbium caelestium by Copernicus, and more. The collection is free and available to the public.

“Live” streaming of 1963 CBS News JFK coverage

Powerful today.

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CBSNews.com will stream CBS News’ historic broadcast coverage of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination to mark the 50th anniversary of the shooting. The extensive online offering will feature the minute-by-minute CBS News broadcasts in real time as they were delivered during the four-day period following the assassination.

CBSNews.com’s special four-day anniversary online stream will begin at 1:38 PM ET on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 with the first breaking network television news bulletin alerting viewers shots had been fired in Dallas.

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A Virtual Tour of Gettysburg

As we prepare for the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, there is a broad array of information on the topic. If you would like to hear a modern rendition of the speech, listen here.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History highlights the battle in an interactive tour.

If you would like another interactive resource, check out the Civil War Battlefield App, Gettysburg (free).

Smithsonian Looking for Volunteers to Transcribe Historical Documents Digitally

Screen Shot 2013-11-06 at 9.32.13 AMIf you’re a history buff and looking to contribute to the world of education and history, then the Smithsonian is looking for your help. They are looking for digital volunteers to help transcribe their repository of historical documents – journals, letters, and more. Visit the Smithsonian’s Transcription Center and sign up as a volunteer. You can contribute to a larger work (transcribing a volume or a book) or work on smaller assignments, such as a letter or a note.

This a great opportunity to contribute to preserving our heritage electronically and helping to provide broader access of this content to the public.