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The next celebration for freedom-lovers and booklovers is coming up...JUNETEENTH (June 19th).
Here's a selection of interesting articles and a history of the holiday as first celebrated in Texas in 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation.
Proof that anyone can write a childrens book From MTV. Having shelved the idea of writing a memoir, Mariah Carey is pulling a Madonna and wants to do children's books instead.
The book series would focus on a biracial orphan girl who goes on a journey of "self-discovery, navigating difficulties and misunderstandings, making the world a better place," a source close to the singer said.
Anonymous Patron sends "this story from the London Free Press News which tells of a pickled patron who poured a large container of water on the head a visually impaired piano technician who had just finished tuning the libray's piano. He was arrested for assault, and gave his sincerest apologies after sleeping it off in the drunk tank, saying that he thought he was in a bar. Apparently, it's acceptable to pour water on someone's head in drinking establishments. The arrested man, according to the story, has an eight-page rap sheet."
Here the possibilities they list from Bruce Craig, executive director of the National Coalition for History:
# January 2005 will make 12 years since the elder President Bush left office. After 12 years, some presidential records can be opened to the public. The nationâ€™s archivist is in charge of that process. Itâ€™s possible that Bushâ€™s son may not be in office next year.
# Also, records of the Sept. 11 Commission are scheduled to be transferred to the National Archives after the commission finishes its work and disbands later this year. Again, the archivist controls the speed at which those records see daylight.
DiscoveryNews reports on researchers who say it was fashionable for women in 17th-Century England to dress with their breasts exposed, a practice shown on illustrated ballad sheets from the period.
"Angela McShane Jones, a lecturer in history at University of Warwick in Coventry, England, became interested in the subject while studying the nearly 2,000 woodcut ballads housed in the Samuel Pepys collection at Cambridge University. Additional ballad sheets located at the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, Harvard University, and other institutions fuelled her study."
According to Jones' recent article in History Today (look at the hardcopy magazine or an online pdf for illustrations), "The evidence suggests that while displaying the breasts was supposed to be an upper-class affair, it had been vulgarized and imitated by lower-class women, aspiring to courtly fashion." Not surprisingly, "Sermons, pamphlets, broadsides and ballads, written against women showing their breasts ... were produced continuously."
Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose ...
madcow writes "Anonymous blogger Atrios is talking about an project by a blogger now working for the military in Afghanistan who says that literacy, and potentially, true reform, is being hindered by a simple lack of pens. Read it here.
Whether you like Atrios or not, it seems simple enough to support a call for pens from a country we're trying to rebuild. Let's show them that, unlike the taliban's fundamentalist extremists, we support literacy among the people."
nbruce writes "Happy Mother's Day to all of you who had Mothers. You might enjoy the special feature for May 9 at the Library of Congress, featuring photos, bios and bits of history and music:
The moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of that wonderful mother of mine;
The birds never sing but a message they bring
Of that wonderful mother of mine.
Appreciate it here. It's not too late to call or send flowers."
Summary: â€œThis report presents findings from the 2000 High School Transcript Study (HSTS 2000) and examines the trends and changes in high school curriculum and student course taking patterns for the past decade. This publication allows policymakers, researchers, education agencies, and the public to examine the current status of the curricula being offered in public and non-public high schools. The HSTS 2000 collected 20,931 transcripts of students graduating from 277 American high schools. Results from the HSTS 2000 are presented with respect to earned course credits, grade point average, and education achievement, as measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress 2000 Mathematics and Science assessments. In addition, results are compared across the four High School Transcript Studies between 1990 and 2000 (HSTS 1990, HSTS 1994, HSTS 1998, and HSTS 2000). Findings are presented throughout the report by selected student and school characteristics, including student gender, student race/ethnicity, school type (public vs. nonpublic), and region of the country.â€?
It is available in various pdf formats but a print version will eventually follow.
In 2000, high school graduates earned an average of 26.2 course credits, compared to an average of 23.6 in 1990. Interesting."
rteeter writes "The Sacramento Bee has this story, Advocates for blind fight cutback, about service for the blind being cut in our illustrious governor's budget. Former state librarian Kevin Starr is leading the fight against the cuts."