National History Center News: E-Store and Congressional Briefing

National History Center E-StoreThe National History Center recently announced a major addition to its web site and an upcoming congressional briefing.

E-Store
Through the National History Center’s new E-Store visitors can find links to an assortment recommended readings. Many of these readings are tied to the center’s past and future congressional briefings. For example, for this week’s briefing on the Great Depression (see below for more) the E-store lists books by Alan Brinkley, David M. Kennedy, William E. Leuchtenburg, and Eric Rauchway.

A post on the NHC’s web site explains more about the new E-Store:

In the E-Store, the books recommended from the various programs run by the Center are listed by topic and available through Amazon for purchase.  By buying books through the National History Center’s e-store, you can help support the programs the Center runs, as Amazon donates a percentage of the purchase back to the Center.

The recommendations include books from the congressional briefings series, the Oxford University Press Series Reinterpreting History, and the lecture series with the Council on Foreign Relations.   For the summer institutes, the e-store lists both the required and recommended reading for the participants.  Under the Decolonization subject, the books listed are decolonization seminar’s required reading for the participants and books authored by the leaders, but also books published as a result of the research undertaken during the seminar.

The Great Depression: Then and Now
This Thursday the National History Center is holding a Congressional Briefing on the Great Depression, entitled, “The Great Depression: Then and Now.” Professor Alan Brinkley, the Provost and Allan Nevins Professor of History at Columbia University in New York, “will discuss the historical significance of the Great Depression and FDR’s New Deal for today’s situation.”

This event is open to the public and will be held this Thursday, May 21 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the Senate side of the new Capitol Visitor Center, Room 202/203.

Again, for links to Professor Brinkley’s publications and other recommend readings for this briefing, see the NHC’s new E-Store.

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