What We’re Reading: November 11, 2010 Edition

Veterans Day - National Museum of Natural HistoryToday is Veterans Day, so we start off today’s What We’re Reading post with numerous links to poems, memorials, lesson plans, and other resources about the men and women who’ve served in wars. Following that roundup we link to an article by Julian Zelizer on the recent midterm elections and the news that Google will be offering free WiFi on a number of flights this holiday season.  Then, read some viewpoints on new media, digital history, the Supreme Court, and politics. We also point to two sites on the Civil War’s 150 anniversary, a podcast series from the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine, an article on using stories to teach history, info about “Follow an Archive” day on Twitter, a speech prepared in case of a disaster with Apollo 11, an 1899 film of crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, and just for fun, take a look at some historic Thanksgiving recipes.

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News

  • Why Midterms Matter
    Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, discusses the historical significance of the November 2, 2010, U.S. election in this article that will be printed in the December 2010 issue of Perspectives on History.
  • Happy holidays from Google Chrome: free holiday Wi-Fi at 30,000 feet
    If you’re flying on AirTran, Delta, or Virgin America around the holidays and want to keep up with student e-mails, research online for an upcoming paper, or just catch episodes of Glee on Hulu, and you don’t want to pay, you’re in luck.  Google is providing free wireless on flights from these airlines from November 20, 2010 through January 2, 2011.

Insights

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Fun

  • Menus: A Few Ideas for Your Thanksgiving Table
    The Four Pounds Flour blog notes that Thanksgiving dinners in the 18th and early 19th century featured an assortment of meats as well as other dishes. Check out one recipe from 1877.

Contributors: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Chris Hale, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend

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