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Emer Vattel and His Influence on Early America

Emer Vattel’s “Law of Nations” (1758) remained overdue on President George Washington’s library account until it was returned in 2010 with a waived fee of $300,000. As a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, historian Theo Christov has researched the influence of Vattel’s work on the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the early […]

For Women’s History Month 2016

This blog is written in recognition of Women’s History Month, which in the U.S. is celebrated during March. For over two hundred years, the Library of Congress, the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States, has been gathering materials necessary to tell the stories of women in America and around the world. Library staff […]

Three Lectures for Black History Month

February is Black History Month, and three past lectures at the Kluge Center focus on lesser known aspects of African American history in the U.S. and Britain. In 2009, Kluge Fellow Srividhya Swaminathan examined the dialogue between British pro-slavery and anti-slavery activists in the later part of the 18th century. Swaminathan wondered how slavery became […]

Written at the Kluge Center: “Violence, Ethnicity and Human Remains During the Second Seminole War”

Profiling books, articles and other publications written by scholars-in-residence at The John W. Kluge Center and researched using the Library of Congress collections. The Second Seminole War was the longest and most expensive war between the United States and Native Americans. A violent and miserable conflict, the war began in 1835 after an Indian leader […]

The Legacy of a Lost WWII Bomber Crew

Author and journalist Gregg Jones spent four months at the Kluge Center researching the American bombing campaign during World War II in an effort to better understand the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the “Jerk’s Natural” over Austria in October 1943. The Black Mountain Institute-Kluge Fellow for 2015-2016, Jones sat down with Jason Steinhauer to […]

The Politics of Catastrophe: A History of American War Politics

Legal historian Mary Dudziak is Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law at Emory University and 2015 Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance at the Kluge Center. A scholar whose work touches upon war history, civil rights history, constitutional law and foreign policy, her research at the Kluge Center has centered on how the American […]