The Spirit of ’68

 1968 was marked by war and protest, tragedy and revolution—a year around which a whole era of political turmoil, cultural change, and social unrest turned. So much happened in one year, including: The Tet Offensive and the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam. The “Prague Spring” liberalizations in Czechoslovakia, followed by the Soviet invasion. The assassination […]


Happy Birthday Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass was born into slavery on a plantation in Talbot County, Maryland, around 1818; the exact date of his birth was unknown to him, but he chose to celebrate it on February 14. In honor of his 200th birthday, we’re highlighting some of his many writings and speeches in the Special Collections Reading Room, […]


Freedom Papers: Black Assertions from the Archives

What does it mean to be free?  In its final weeks, be certain to drop by M-Level to view Freedom Papers: Black Assertions from the Archives.  Telling five compelling stories, the exhibit gives voice to Black people, who through their own determination and will, defined and claimed their freedom as they saw it. Drawn from […]