Stories Exploring Contemporary Culture and Popular History
The Pop History Dig is a magazine-styled website with more than 250 stories that cover a range of topics, often focusing on the history and power of popular culture. One goal of the site is to use the visibility of popular culture—its music, film, literature, and famous personalities—to engage readers on topics ranging from civil rights history to the power of the entertainment industry. Stories on rock ‘n’ roll and sports figures are part of the mix, but so are stories about big business mergers, Madison Avenue advertising, and presidential campaigns. Biography and environmental history are found on the site as well. Some stories on business and public policy are serious and detailed, while others on music, film, and sports offer lighter fare. One story—“Steinbeck to Springstein”—explores the impact of The Grapes of Wrath on music and pop culture.
Plus: Reading Through Historyis avideo series created by two Oklahoma teachers that can serve as lesson starters for the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the Okie migration. One of the videos is a history brief of John Steinbeck’sThe Grapes of Wrath.
DonorsChoose has launched #ISeeMe, a campaign aimed at boosting the amount of culturally responsive materials in US classrooms. These include books written by authors of color or other resources featuring figures from diverse backgrounds.
The American Library is a celebration of the diversity of the American population. Printed in gold on the spines of many of the books in the installation are the names of people who immigrated, or whose antecedents immigrated to the United States. On other books are the names of African Americans who relocated or whose parents relocated out of the American South during The Great Migration.
In 1968 three astronauts embarked on the Apollo 8 mission and witnessed Earth as it had never been seen before. The firstcolor photograph taken beyond Earth’s orbit was later titled Earthrise. An award-winning film from Global Oneness Project documents the story of this photograph. How does the Earthrise photograph provide a context for what it means to be a global citizen?