Join us on November 30 for a “Live! at the Library” commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of home rule in Washington, D.C., with a panel discussion on the legacy of home rule moderated by Kojo Nnamdi and featuring journalist Tom Sherwood; The Drum and Spear Bookstore co-founder, Eyes on the Prize documentarian and civil rights activist Judy Richardson; and historians G. Derek Musgrove and Kyla Sommers. A performance by the D.C. Go-Go band Mambo Sauce will follow the panel discussion.
Join historian Georgetown University history professor and author, Mike Amezcua at noon (EDT) on Monday, June 26, as he discusses his new book, Making Mexican Chicago. The book explores the role Mexican Chicagoans, notably moderates and conservatives within the community, played in housing, politics, community development and urban culture while also highlighting their contributions to the larger conservative movement.
For much of the twentieth century “coming out” carried with it a particular meaning associated with friendship, intimacy, and community. The new “Join In” exhibit explores how Americans have engaged in associational life in order “to achieve goals from simple fellowship to social change.” It also highlights the emergence of the LGBTQ community in the United States during the twentieth century.
A new By the People crowdsourced transcription campaign, “American Federation of Labor Records: Letters in the Progressive Era,” launched in late April. By taking part in the campaign, volunteers will discover how the labor union engaged with issues of race, class, and gender during the early twentieth century.
This past February, U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) held his fifth Annual Dominicans on the Hill event featuring items from the Manuscript Division attesting to the Dominican Republic’s complex history with the United States.
Join historian Ryan Reft and senior archives specialist Connie Cartledge at noon on Thursday, March 23, as they discuss the intersection of mid-century politics, anti-communism, and Manuscript Division collections with Matthew Dallek, author of the new book Birchers: How the John Birch Society Radicalized the American Right.
This March marks the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, which guaranteed indigent defendants the right to counsel, but as seen through the Anthony Lewis Papers and his influential book, Gideon’s Trumpet, the results have been mixed at best.