What We’re Reading: December 17, 2009 Edition

Matt Damon reads the Declaration of Independence on the History ChannelIn the news this week, the National Coalition for History reports on the lawsuit that’s been dropped now that 22 million e-mails from the Bush administration, that were thought lost, have been found. Also, check out the China Beat blog’s roundup of China-related talks around the world and at the AHA’s upcoming 124th annual meeting. We bring you articles on a variety of topics this week, including: studying Civil War secession at the Abbeville Institute, using the economy as a teaching moment, and presenting climate change through an interactive timeline. We came across two articles on trains this week:  the New York MTA is running 1930s trains this month and the Orient Express has arrived at its final destination for good. Two links this week feature video content: the History Channel’s “The People Speak” videos feature notable actors performing famous speeches and PBS’s NewsHour has a channel on YouTube. Finally, get in the holiday spirit with the historical essay that accompanies the White House Christmas ornament and the Neediest Cases Campaign of 1912.


  • Obama Administration Settles Lawsuits Over Missing Bush White House E-Mails
    The National Coalition for History reports that on December 14, the National Security Archive (NSA) and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) reached a settlement with the Obama administration the millions of missing e-mails from the Bush White House servers.  An estimated 22 million e-mails that were assumed lost were recovered as a result of the lawsuits.
  • China-Related Talks Around the World
    The China Beat blog has put together a list of sessions at the AHA’s 124th Annual Meeting that may be of “interest to China-focused conference-goers.” They’ve also listed a few other events in California and Japan.





Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Jessica Pritchard

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