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“One Person Can Make A Difference”: The Medal of Honor

Posted by: Megan Harris

Next week, to commemorate Veterans Day, the Veterans History Project (VHP) will release a new online portal to the digitized collections of over 150 recipients of the Medal of Honor. The nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor has been awarded to a very select group of individuals—since 1861, less than 3,500 members of …

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James P. Leary and Folksongs of Another America

Posted by: Stephen Winick

The following installment in Botkin Folklife Lectures Plus post introduces James P. Leary, a distinguished folklorist and researcher who has published extensively on Library of Congress collections in the American Folklife Center. In addition to his lecture video, it includes photos, audio, and video from AFC's collections of Midwestern folk music, including Croatian, French, Scandinavian, Oneida, English, Welsh, and other ethnic groups. Most of the quotations from Leary in this article come from an email interview we did in July 2015, but I also quote occasionally from the lecture itself, which is also here as an embedded video.