Friday, May 18, 2007


Freedom. This site is a terrific classroom resource about Britain and the transatlantic slave trade, courtesy of the National Maritime Museum which is located in London, England. The five themes of the site are Triangular Trade, Oppression and Survival, Resistance, Abolition, and Impact.

From the site:

The Transatlantic Slave Trade consisted of three journeys:

1. The outward passage from Europe to Africa carrying manufactured goods.

2. The middle passage from Africa to the Americas or the Caribbean carrying African captives and other 'commodities’.

3. The homeward passage carrying sugar, tobacco, rum, rice, cotton and other goods back to Europe.

By the 1790s there were 480,000 enslaved people in British Caribbean colonies. It is estimated that 11-12 million Africans were transported across the Atlantic into slavery. Many more had died during capture and transportation.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 This site includes photographs, timelines, biographies of heroes, and gear from the Vietnam War. Includes articles, book review, and news.

The site has a heavy pro-American bias and is commercially oriented. Despite this, I found it useful and fun to browse.

From the site:

By November 1965, General Vo Nguyen Giap's regular North Vietnamese Army divisions had begun a bloody testing of the American divisions on the battlefield, and large numbers of American troops were becoming casualties. Major unit commanders needed to know what was outside the range of influence of their heaviest guns. As in every war, secret long-range patrols were the answer.

In December 1965, my home was the 5th Special Forces Group long-range reconnaissance unit known as Delta Project. Our four-man team was given an area recon mission to search for enemy activity. No information was available on our target area.

After completing our mission preparation, the team loaded aboard a Huey the next afternoon and flew to the AO. It was late in the day as we approached our area and made a false insertion, before turning north to our actual LZ. The sun had dropped behind the mountains as we neared our insertion point, now covered in deep shadows. The chopper had flared and hovered to far out in the field, leaving us with a long run to the safety of the darkening forest. We jumped into the tall grass and sprinted for the tree line.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

American History Magazines & Journals

American History Magazines & Journals. I just found this useful reference resource. It is a browsable list of journals and magazines currently in publication on American history. Users can search journal title, subject focus, period focus, regional focus, and professional focus. This looks to be a new site as the domain registration creation date is January 17th, 2007.

From the site:

A resource for historical writers, this website lists current publications--scholarly, popular, or otherwise--that accept articles in American history. Follow the links below to browse listings by various criteria. As we add more publications to our database, we will offer search functionality as well.

Monday, May 14, 2007

The Day The Universe Changed

Ralph Luker is reporting at Cliopatria that James Burke's 1985 series for BBC, "The Day the Universe Changed," is now available on YouTube. Wikipedia notes, "The series' primary focus is on the effect of advances in science and technology on western philosophy. The title comes from the philosophical idea that the universe essentially only exists as you perceive it; therefore, if you change your perception of the universe, you have changed the universe itself." It is some good TV. I wonder if this is a copyright violation and if YouTube will pull it soon?