What We’re Reading: January 27, 2011

National Archives Lincoln DocumentFirst up this week, articles on the National Museum of African American History and Culture, human subjects research policies, and access to Kennedy records. In the news, Walmart has withdrawn its plan to build a store near the Wilderness Battlefield, a historian is accused of changing the date on a Lincoln document, and the White House has put the State of the Union Address on YouTube. See also the Digital Campus podcast on academic conferences, a wiki on history journal response times, and details about the Historians Against Slavery organization. Finally, C-SPAN has posted another video (America’s First Age of Terror) from the 125th Annual Meeting and the National Archives has put up a video on President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s farewell address.

Articles

  • The Thorny Path to a National Black Museum
    The Washington Post interviews Lonnie G. Bunch III, director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and looks into funding issues and “fundamental questions about the museum’s soul and message.”
  • Obama’s Impossible Request
    Zachary Schrag offers an important word of caution about a recent directive from President Barack Obama ordering a review of human subjects research policies. He notes the irony that a policy review inspired by historical research, could actually make it more difficult to conduct similar research in the future.
  • A dark corner of Camelot
    The Boston Globe reports that the Kennedy family is blocking access to Robert Kennedy’s records from when he was attorney general in his brother’s cabinet. See also the related opinion piece in The Atlantic: Shame on the Kennedys.

News

Profession

Video

  • America’s First Age of Terror
    C-SPAN video coverage of the session “The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in Its First Age of Terror,” from the 125th Annual Meeting.
  • The Writing of Eisenhower’s "Military-Industrial Complex" Speech
    Last week the National Archives posted a video on President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s farewell address, in which he warned of the "military-industrial complex." Along with footage of the speech this video also includes “Presidential historian (and Foundation for the National Archives board member) Michael Beschloss and Eisenhower Library director Karl Weissenbach discuss[ing] the evolution of the speech.”

Contributors: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Jim Grossman, and Robert B. Townsend

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