Today’s What We’re Reading features a new International African American Museum, how coffee fueled the Civil War, serendipity and the historian, and much more!
“A $75 million International African American Museum will be built in South Carolina on Charleston Harbor where tens of thousands of slaves first set foot in the United States.”
Anna Yegorova’s Red Sky
This Russian female pilot “became one of the only women in the nearly all-male 805th Ground Attack Regiment.”
Jon Grinspan for the New York Times’s Disunion blog discusses how coffee was central to the fighting and daily lives of Civil War soldiers.
Infographic: Where Does Gitmo Fit in? The Long, Winding History of Prison Camps
Via History News Network.
The Heart of New Orleans
A review of two books on the history of Bourbon Street.
Warren Harding Love Letters to Provide Insight on US Affairs, Possible Spying
The Library of Congress will exhibit the love letters of the 29th president of the United States to his mistress.
NPR explains how the Republican Party, the party of Lincoln and emancipation, lost the support of black voters in the 20th century.
Liam Andrew reveals how the people behind search algorithms are helping enable serendipitous content discovery for researchers.
Coming off the heels of news about Facebook’s controversial study of mood manipulation in social feeds, the Chronicle features a column published Wednesday written by six ethicists (joined by 27 others) that argues the study was not unethical and cautions against criticism of future behavioral research.