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Archive: June 2014 (5 Posts)

One woman watches as another examines with a magnifying glass an ornate, decorative image on a printed page

Five Questions with Chronicling America Digital Conversion Specialist Tonijala Penn

Posted by: Danna Bell

One of the most popular resources on the Library of Congress website is Chronicling America. A collaboration with the National Endowment for the Humanities, Chronicling America provides digital access to newspapers published in the United States of America between 1836-1922. Meet one of the people responsible for making this collection available online, Tonijala Penn.

Poster Alerting Blacks of the presence of slave catchers in Boston

Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Fugitive Slave Act

Posted by: Cheryl Lederle

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe was widely influential when it was published in 1852. The Library's “Sources and Strategies” article in the May 2014 issue of Social Education, the journal of NCSS, discusses the influence of the novel. Perhaps just as important as its effect, however, was Stowe’s original impetus for writing it.