Mrs. Ambassador: The Life and Politics of Eugenie Anderson
Author Mary DuPont discussed "Mrs. Ambassador," her biography of Eugenie Anderson. A creator of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party in 1944, she rose to prominence in the Democratic Party, becoming a friend and lifelong adviser to Hubert Humphrey. Anderson achieved historic diplomatic status when President Harry Truman appointed her the first woman ambassador for the United States with a post to Denmark in 1949.
An Evening of Sounds, Stories & Surprises with Jim Metzner
Radio recordist, producer, host and writer Jim Metzner reviewed his more than 40 years of work in the world of radio and recorded sounds. Metzner discussed his many years as an audio documentarian and radio broadcaster, playing many examples of his work, drawing on both his broadcasts and the long form interview and field recordings he draws on to create them.
Registering for Your Reader Identification Card
This video will demonstrate how to register for your Reader Identification Card at the Library of Congress. A valid Reader Identification Card is required for users who wish to use the Reading Rooms for research.
American Furniture 1650-Present
Oscar P. Fitzgerald illustrated the evolution of American furniture from the Colonial Era to present day, emphasizing the cultural, historic, and aesthetic context of furniture styles and design.
Social Impact of Prince Hall Freemasonry in D.C., 1825-1900
Alonza Tehuti Evans discusses Prince Hall Freemasonry, the oldest recognized and continuously active organization founded by African Americans. As early as 1784 it laid the foundation for African American citizenship, education and the improvement of the social and economic condition of blacks.
Evans, Alonza Tehuti
Eugenia Tarzibachi presented her research on the connections between traditional narratives of gender and the commercial dissemination and consumption of disposable menstrual products. Drawing on advertisements, first-person accounts, interviews and educational materials, Tarzibachi critically examines the similarities between the United States and Argentina at specific historical conjunctures between 1920 and 1980.
Golden Crown Literary Society Author Spotlight
Authors Jewelle Gomez ("The Gilda Stories"), Ann McMan ("Backcast"), Melissa Brayden ("First Position") and Marie Castle ("The Devil You Know") read from their work and lead a discussion on lesbian literature.
McMan, Ann - Gomez, Jewelle - Castle, Marie - Brayden, Melissa
Voyage of the St. Louis
A panel discussion on the 75th anniversary of the sailing of the refugee ship the St. Louis, "the saddest ship afloat" (New York Times). On May 13, 1939, over 900 Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany left Hamburg, Germany. Turned away from Cuba, the U.S, and Canada, the St. Louis returned to Europe, a symbol of the world's indifference to the gathering Holocaust.
Kalb, Marvin - Goldsmith, Martin - Afoumado, Diane
The Lincoln Deception
David O. Stewart, known for his award-winning nonfiction works on Aaron Burr, President Andrew Johnson and the Constitution, discussed his first novel, "The Lincoln Deception." Blending real and fictional characters, the book is a gripping historical mystery exploring the endless fascination with Lincoln's assassination and the conspiracy behind it.
Stewart, David O.
Sara Paretsky on Critical Mass
Best-selling author Sara Paretsky discussed "Critical Mass," her 16th V.I. Warshawski novel, which features Warshawski's best friend, Vienna-born doctor Lotty Herschel. Paretsky's skills in developing compelling characters and plots are demonstrated once again in this novel, as she weaves together Lotty's childhood in Vienna, missing persons, meth labs, Chicago history and the race for the atomic bomb during World War II.
How to Find Stuff at the Largest Library in the World
Finding just what you want at a large library can be daunting. Imagine how overwhelming that might be at the largest library in the world. It doesn't have to be. This tutorial video from the Library of Congress shows you how easy finding what you want can be by using subject headings and a helpful librarian. And these tips can be used in any...
How Benjamin Franklin & Friends Brought the Enlightenment to America
Jonathan Lyons speaks about his newest book, "The Society for Useful Knowledge: How Benjamin Franklin and Friends Brought the Enlightenment to America." Lyons' book tells the story of America's coming of age through its embrace of practical invention, applied science, and self-reliance. It offers fresh insights into such figures as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Rush, and the inimitable, endlessly inventive Franklin, and provides a new...
Covering America: A Narrative History of a Nation's Journalism
Christopher B. Daly discusses the development of journalism in America from the early 1700s to the digital revolution of today. Daly placed the current journalism crisis within a broader historical context, showing how it is only the latest in a series of transitions that have required journalists to devise new ways of plying their trade.
The Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress
When most researchers arrive at the Library of Congress, their journey of discovery begins in the Main Reading Room. As the home to the library's reference collections, the computer catalog center, and knowledgeable reference staff, the Main Reading Room's purpose is to make library research easily accessible to anyone with enough curiousity to pursue it. This video includes general information about the library's staff...
Faulkner and Hemingway: Biography of a Literary Rivalry
William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway, both winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature, carried on a nuanced and complex literary rivalry. At times, each voiced a shared professional respect; at other times, each thought himself the superior craftsman and spoke disparagingly of the other. Their relationship is discussed by author Joseph Fruscione.
Islam Through Western Eyes
According to author Jonathan Lyons, the Western view of Islam has prevented the West from responding effectively to its most significant 21st-century challenges: the rise of Islamic power, the emergence of religious violence, and the growing tension between established social values and multicultural rights among Muslim immigrant populations. Lyons addresses the issues of Islam and modernity, Islam and violence, and Islam and women and...