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  • Place and the Politics of Belonging

    Place and the Politics of Belonging

    One of America's greatest ironies is that, although a nation of immigrants, the country also has a longstanding history of ambivalence, and at times hostility, toward its newest arrivals. In the last ...

    • Contributor: Shutika, Debra Lattanzi - Lattanzi Shutika, Debra
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2010-08-12
  • Keith M. Little VHP Collection

    Keith M. Little VHP Collection

    Keith M. Little Collection in the Veterans History Project Database (American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)

    • Contributor: Little, Keith M.
    • Original Format: Personal Narratives - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2005-01-01
  • Making a Way Out of No Way: Martin Luther King's Use of Proverbs for Civil Rights

    Making a Way Out of No Way: Martin Luther King's Use of Prove...

    For more than ten years Wolfgang Mieder has made the study of proverbs in political discourse one of his major research areas, particularly the role of proverbs at critical moments in American ...

    • Contributor: Mieder , Wolfgang - Mieder, Wolfgang
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2011-02-10
  • Thomas F. Richardson VHP Collection

    Thomas F. Richardson VHP Collection

    Thomas F. Richardson Collection in the Veterans History Project Database (American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)

    • Contributor: Richardson, Thomas F.
    • Original Format: Personal Narratives - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2002-01-01
  • Gary Haleamau: Traditional Hawaiian Music from Las Vegas

    Gary Haleamau: Traditional Hawaiian Music from Las Vegas

    Gary Haleamau and his band perform traditional Hawaiian slack-key guitar from Nevada, another in the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.

    • Contributor: Haleamau, Gary
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2008-08-20
  • Not the Same Old(Folk) Song and Dance: Field Recordings in the European Communities of the United States

    Not the Same Old(Folk) Song and Dance: Field Recordings in th...

    videorecording | videorecording; 52 min | Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series. (Source). July 27, 2006. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Barton, Matthew
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2006
  • Arden A. Rowley VHP Collection

    Arden A. Rowley VHP Collection

    Arden A. Rowley Collection in the Veterans History Project Database (American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)

    • Contributor: Rowley, Arden A.
    • Original Format: Personal Narratives - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2006-01-01
  • Reflections on Memory & History: Collecting New Oral Histories of the Civil Rights Movement

    Reflections on Memory & History: Collecting New Oral Historie...

    A half-century on, what remains to be learned of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement? Plenty, it turns out. Last year historian Joe Mosnier, together with videographer John Bishop, journeyed to twenty states ...

    • Contributor: Mosnier, Joe - Mosnier, Joseph
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2012-04-12
  • Legends and Legacies Concert: A Celebration of Public Folklore

    Legends and Legacies Concert: A Celebration of Public Folklore

    A Legends and Legacies concert celebrates Joseph T. Wilson and the NCTA Collection coordinated and produced by the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA).

    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2009-09-10
  • Sallylou Bonzer VHP Collection

    Sallylou Bonzer VHP Collection

    Sallylou Bonzer Collection in the Veterans History Project Database (American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)

    • Contributor: Bonzer, Sallylou - Bonzer, Sallylou Cummings
    • Original Format: Personal Narratives - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2005-01-01
  • Dog Tags: History, Stories & Folklore of Military Identification

    Dog Tags: History, Stories & Folklore of Military Identification

    The 100th anniversary of the official use of American personal identity tags, affectionately known as "dog tags," recently passed without fanfare. Dog tags are highly personal items to warriors of every service ...

    • Contributor: Cucolo, Ginger
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2012-01-26
  • Revolutionaries, Nursery Rhymes, and Edison Wax Cylinders: The Remarkable Tale of the Earliest Korean Sound Recordings

    Revolutionaries, Nursery Rhymes, and Edison Wax Cylinders: Th...

    On July 24, 1896, the pioneering ethnologist Alice Fletcher recorded six wax cylinders documenting the singing of three Koreans who were studying in Washington, D.C. Now housed in the American Folklife Center ...

    • Contributor: Provine, Robert
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2009-01-27
  • The Will to Adorn: Reflections on African American Identity and the Aesthetics of Dress

    The Will to Adorn: Reflections on African American Identity a...

    Diana N'Diaye shares stories, observations, and insights from "The Will to Adorn," a community-centered research and public presentation project, which explores and examines the diversity of African American cultural identities as expressed ...

    • Contributor: N'Diaye, Diana - N'Diaye, Diana Baird
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2013-01-30
  • Barbara Walker VHP Collection

    Barbara Walker VHP Collection

    Barbara Walker Collection in the Veterans History Project Database (American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)

    • Contributor: Walker, Barbara
    • Original Format: Personal Narratives - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2002
  • Celebrating the Acquisition of the NCTA Collection

    Celebrating the Acquisition of the NCTA Collection

    Barry Bergey, with the National Endowment for the Arts moderates a group of panelists who discuss the significance and highlights of the NCTA Collection.

    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2009-09-11
  • Passing for Traditional: The New Lost City Ramblers and Folk Music Authenticity

    Passing for Traditional: The New Lost City Ramblers and Folk ...

    The New Lost City Ramblers were pioneers in the old-time music revival that paralleled the great folk music boom of the 1960s. Mike Seeger, John Cohen, and Tom Paley (later replaced by ...

    • Contributor: Allen, Ray
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2011-09-08
  • Traditional Greek Smyrneika Music from Massachusetts

    Traditional Greek Smyrneika Music from Massachusetts

    Sophia Bilides sings and plays santouri (Greek hammered dulcimer) and zilia (finger cymbals). Smyrneika songs arose out an urban population where the music of Greeks, Turks, Jews, and Armenians influenced each other ...

    • Contributor: Bilides, Sophia
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2011-08-24
  • Blind Boys of Alabama II

    Blind Boys of Alabama II

    Fresh from their Grammy win, the Blind Boys of Alabama present a free, lunchtime gospel concert on the steps of the Library of Congress.

    • Contributor: Blind Boys of Alabama
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2002-06-05
  • Afghan Women's Stories: the Problematics of Cover

    Afghan Women's Stories: the Problematics of Cover

    Afghan women in burkas have become iconic representations of women's oppression in western media, but this representation is contested in various ways by Afghan women and men. The most common observation by ...

    • Contributor: Mills, Margaret
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2007-09-19
  • Reverb

    Reverb

    Gospel/inspirational harmony group Reverb performs as part of the Library's celebration of African American History Month. The concert was also part of the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.

    • Contributor: Reverb Ensemble
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2007-02-07
  • Woodie Guthrie: My Father, My Partner

    Woodie Guthrie: My Father, My Partner

    Nora Guthrie recounted her early recollections of family life (which include family gatherings and hootenannies with musicians close to the family), her father Woody's hospitalization with Huntington's Disease, her recognition of her ...

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Nora
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2012-03-29
  • Force and Violins: What the FBI Had on Folksingers

    Force and Violins: What the FBI Had on Folksingers

    Among the sufferings of those pursued during the McCarthy era, the situation of folksingers and folklorists was unique. Suspected by their government, they were hunted by the FBI almost everywhere. Thanks to ...

    • Contributor: Dunaway, David
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2008-03-19
  • Folklore's Champion: Ben Botkin

    Folklore's Champion: Ben Botkin

    Among Benjamin Botkin's accomplishments, the gathering of slave narratives has received the greatest amount of attention, though not always with his name attached. As folklore editor of the Federal Writers Project, and ...

    • Contributor: Abrahams, Roger
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2007-08-15
  • Archie Green: The Making of a Working-Class Hero

    Archie Green: The Making of a Working-Class Hero

    This talk explores the relationship between folklorist Archie Green's formative political experiences at home, at school, and at work during the "Age of the CIO" and his subsequent development of "laborlore" as ...

    • Contributor: Burns, Sean
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2012-05-01
  • Seeing Mary: Belief, Politics, and Practice at Marian Apparition Sites

    Seeing Mary: Belief, Politics, and Practice at Marian Apparit...

    What happens in a community after a Catholic claims to see and hear Mary, the Blessed Mother? Always a challenging situation, the claims are contested while individuals try to discern the credibility ...

    • Contributor: Pryor, Anne
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2008-06-03
  • Rich Remsberg: Hard Luck Blues: Roots Music from the Great Depression

    Rich Remsberg: Hard Luck Blues: Roots Music from the Great De...

    Showcasing American music and music making during the Great Depression, "Hard Luck Blues" presents more than 200 photographs created by the New Deal's Farm Security Administration photography program. With an appreciation for ...

    • Contributor: Remsberg, Rich
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2010-06-02
  • I Feel So Good: The Life & Times of Big Bill Broonzy

    I Feel So Good: The Life & Times of Big Bill Broonzy

    A major figure in American blues and folk music, Big Bill Broonzy (1903-1958) left his Arkansas Delta home after World War I, headed north, and became the leading Chicago bluesman of the ...

    • Contributor: Riesman, Bob
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2012-11-16
  • We Had Sneakers, They Had Guns: The Kids Who Fought for Civil Rights in Mississippi

    We Had Sneakers, They Had Guns: The Kids Who Fought for Civil...

    As an illustrator and journalist, Tracy Sugarman covered the nearly one thousand student volunteers who traveled to the Mississippi Delta to assist black citizens in the South in registering to vote. Two ...

    • Contributor: Sugarman, Tracy
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2009-05-05
  • Celebrating the Acquisition of the NCTA Collection

    Celebrating the Acquisition of the NCTA Collection

    Barry Bergey with the National Endowment for the Arts moderates a group of panelists who discuss the significance and highlights of the NCTA Collection.

    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2009-09-11
  • Campus Traditions: Folklore from the Old-Time College to the Modern Mega-University

    Campus Traditions: Folklore from the Old-Time College to the ...

    Simon J. Bronner interprets the uses of play and ritual for students in different eras to work through tough issues of their age and environment. More broadly, campus traditions are shown to ...

    • Contributor: Bronner, Simon J.
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2012-08-09
  • Newslore: Contemporary Folklore on the Internet

    Newslore: Contemporary Folklore on the Internet

    Russell Frank defines newslore as folklore that comments on, and is therefore indecipherable without knowledge of, current events. Newslore takes multiple forms: jokes; urban legends; digitally altered photographs; mock news stories, press ...

    • Contributor: Frank, Russell
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2011-08-10
  • Squeeze This! A Cultural History of the Accordion in America

    Squeeze This! A Cultural History of the Accordion in America

    Polka, zydeco, and "Lady of Spain": If this is your idea of the only genres wherein the accordion flourishes, prepare to be enlightened by the history of this robust instrument's odyssey across ...

    • Contributor: Jacobson, Marion - Jacobson, Marion S.
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2012-07-12
  • John R. Alison VHP Collection

    John R. Alison VHP Collection

    John R. Alison Collection in the Veterans History Project Database (American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)

    • Contributor: Alison, John R.
    • Original Format: Personal Narratives - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2003-01-01
  • Blind Boys of Alabama I

    Blind Boys of Alabama I

    Fresh from their Grammy win, the Blind Boys of Alabama present a free, lunchtime gospel concert on the steps of the Library of Congress.

    • Contributor: Blind Boys of Alabama
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2002-06-05
  • Flory Jagoda and Friends

    Flory Jagoda and Friends

    Flory Jagoda, with friends Susan Gaeta, Howard Bass, and Tina Chancey, performs traditional Sephardic music from the former Yugoslavia and other parts of the world as part of the Homegrown Concert Series ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2007-03-21
  • A Conversation with Stetson Kennedy

    A Conversation with Stetson Kennedy

    Pioneering folklorist, social activist and writer Stetson Kennedy, of Jacksonville, Fla., discussed his long and wide-ranging career and explored the theme of "Building Democracy in America" in a lecture presented by the ...

    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2005-05-24
  • African American History Month Celebration: National Visionary Leadership Project Showcase

    African American History Month Celebration: National Visionar...

    The Library of Congress celebrated African American History Month with its signature event--a showcase of the American Folklife Center's National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP) Collection. The NVLP is a collection of oral ...

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2008-02-22
  • Lee Roy Hatcher VHP Collection

    Lee Roy Hatcher VHP Collection

    Lee Roy Hatcher Collection in the Veterans History Project Database (American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)

    • Contributor: Hatcher, Lee Roy
    • Original Format: Personal Narratives - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2006-01-01
  • An-Sky Ensemble Oral History

    An-Sky Ensemble Oral History

    Members of the An-sky Yiddish Heritage Ensemble, who are performers as well as researchers of Yiddish music, discuss their history.

    • Contributor: An Sky Yiddish Heritage Ensemble
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2013-06-25
  • Archie Green Memorial: Remembering Archie

    Archie Green Memorial: Remembering Archie

    The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress hosted a two-day event including a tribute, a symposium, and a concert, honoring folklorists Archie Green and Joe Wilson, and celebrating the acquisition ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2009-09-10
  • David Warren Steel: Makers of the Sacred Harp

    David Warren Steel: Makers of the Sacred Harp

    David Warren Steel discusses his new book, "The Makers of the Sacred Harp," newly published by the University of Illinois Press.

    • Contributor: Steel, David Warren
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2010-10-21
  • Do All Indians Live in Tipis? and Other Compelling Questions for Education

    Do All Indians Live in Tipis? and Other Compelling Questions ...

    Stereotypes, inaccuracies and inappropriate representations of Native Americans continue to abound in American society today. Reflecting on his 20 years of experience working in the field of American Indian education, the Edwin ...

    • Contributor: Schupman, Edwin
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2008-08-05
  • Richard J. Foss VHP Collection

    Richard J. Foss VHP Collection

    Richard J. Foss Collection in the Veterans History Project Database (American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)

    • Contributor: Foss, Richard J.
    • Original Format: Personal Narratives - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2003-01-01
  • Hear, O Israel: Yiddish-American Radio 1925-1955

    Hear, O Israel: Yiddish-American Radio 1925-1955

    While all other aspects of Yiddish culture existed wherever Ashkenazic Jews lived, it was only in America that radio realized its greatest and most fulfilling use by and for Jews. Yiddish scholar ...

    • Contributor: Sapoznik, Henry
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2009-10-14