What We’re Reading: October 29, 2009 Edition

Edsitement Festivals of the DeadWe start off this week with news and advocacy. Take a look at all the items in the National Humanities Alliance’s October Policy Digest as well as their push for NEH funding, review COSSA’s Washington Update, and in non-Washington related news, check out a map from 1675 up for auction in the UK.  Today, October 29th, is the anniversary of the “Black Tuesday” stock market crash, and we bring you three articles from NPR remembering the event. Have an iPhone? Check out a few apps for historians. And finally, with Halloween taking place this weekend we couldn’t resist brining you a couple of Halloween-related links.

News and Advocacy

Anniversary of Black Tuesday
This week, NPR remembered the 80th anniversary of the 1929 stock market crash, now commonly referred to as “Black Tuesday.” View three articles they’ve recently posted on the crash and the Depression.

  • A Spoonful of Socialism Makes the Capitalism Work
    Robert S. McElvaine, a historian at Millsaps College, parallels the 1929 market crash with last year’s.
  • The Crash of 1929
    Travel through the highs and lows of the 1929 stock market crash in NPR’s interactive timeline.
  • Remembering The Great Depression’s Sunny Side
    While the Depression affected most in the 1920s and 30s, the full story includes more than suffering during the notorious financially strapped time. Explore how music, food, and entertainment helped Americans “keep to the sunny side of life.”

iPhone Apps for Historians

Halloween

Contributors: Miriam Hauss Cunningham, Elisabeth Grant, Arnita A. Jones, and Jessica Pritchard

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