Free and open, the Chronicling America database provides access to more than 10 million pages of historic newspapers published from 1836 to 1922. Including national, state, and local news, the site enables users to search newspaper pages for specific keywords and phrases, limited by dates, places, and/or language. These newspapers are made available as part of a joint program between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress begun in 2005. Currently memory institutions from 38 states participate in the program and select newspapers from their archival collections to digitize to technical specifications established by the Library of Congress. In addition to the newspapers, Chronicling America provides access to more than 250 brieftopic guides, a directory of US newspapers published since 1690, and informationabout library holdings, as well as links to digital versions, when available.
The 1619 Project, inaugurated with a special issue of The New York Times Magazine, reframes US history by marking the year when the first enslaved Africans arrived on Virginia soil as the nation’s foundational date. The Project is a collection of essays and literary works observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery.
As protests over George Floyd’s death continue across the country, Black Lives Matter (BLM) at School offers a new, freecurriculum resource guide for K–12 teachers, covering racism, social justice, and diversity.
Visitors to the American Writers Museum’s website will learn about the life and work of Frederick Douglass in the museum’s newest virtual exhibit, Frederick Douglass: Agitator. They will see how Douglass’s words remain far too relevant today and why now is as important as ever to, as Douglass said, “Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!”