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Corsets and Crinoline
Series of illustrated essays on corsets and crinoline in fashion history. Discusses changes in body shape throughout the Victorian period ("from cage crinolines to bustles and body-hugging corsets"), crinolettes and the "healthy corsets" of the late 19th century, corsets in the early 20th century and in contemporary fashion, and related topics. From the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23462
NY Tartan Week
Background materials for New York City's celebration of Tartan Week in April, "officially recognised by the US Senate as a celebration of the contribution generations of Scots-Americans have made to the character and prosperity of the United States." Features profiles of Scottish-Americans, and history of the tartan, Tartan Day (April 6), and Scotland. From the Scottish Executive, Government of Scotland.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23469
The Salt March
This site was established to commemorate the 75th anniversary (in 2005) of the 1930 Salt March in which Mohandas K. Gandhi and marchers walked 241 miles in 24 days to a place to make salt to protest against the British salt tax in Colonial India. Features photos, video clips, and facts about the march. Also includes material about the 2005 march reenactment. From the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation, founded by a great-grandson of Gandhi.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23459
About Daylight Saving Time Changes in 2007
Details for users of computers with Macintosh operating systems (Mac OS) related to the daylight-saving time changes in effect starting in 2007. Discusses which versions of Mac OS take the rule changes into account, and what to do if your computer is running an earlier OS. From Apple.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23458
Microsoft: Daylight Saving Time Help and Support Center
This guide helps users of computers with Microsoft Windows operating systems make sure that their computers are updated for daylight-saving time. Includes sections for home and workplaces users, IT professionals, and PDAs and cell phones.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23457
The American Legion: Our History
History of this organization "chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help, war-time veterans organization." Covers relevant legislation, community service activities, programs (such as American Legion Baseball and support for the Boy Scouts), and other key events in the organization's history. From the website for the national headquarters of the American Legion.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23452
"This Web site has been established to provide public information about the events associated with National Poison Prevention Week [third week in March], the steps that you can take to help prevent accidental poisonings and tips for promoting community involvement in poison prevention." Includes a FAQ with poison prevention tips, list of available material, and award-winning children's posters. Managed by the Poison Prevention Week Council in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23467
Statutes of Limitations: Is Your Lawsuit Timely?
This fact sheet addresses how long a person has to file a civil lawsuit. The site notes that "every state has its own time limits, called statutes of limitations, and even within a state the period of time within which you must file a lawsuit varies according to the type of claim." Includes a chart with statues of limitations for oral and written contracts and property damage and personal injury. From Nolo.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23468
America's Story: Harriet Tubman
Brief biography and series of stories about the life of Harriet Tubman, "a runaway slave from Maryland who became known as the 'Moses of her people.'" Illustrated essays describe Tubman's escape from slavery, her role as conductor of the Underground Railroad, and her work during the U.S. Civil War. From the Library of Congress.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23450
Federal Bureau of Investigation: Albert Einstein
Collection of 1,427 pages of documents relating to "an investigation ... conducted by the FBI regarding the famous physicist [Albert Einstein] because of his affiliation with the Communist Party. Einstein was a member, sponsor, or affiliated with thirty-four communist fronts between 1937 and 1954. He also served as honorary chairman for three communist organizations." From the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23463
Josephine Baker: Image and Icon
"In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Bakers birth [in 1906], the exhibition explores the development of her image, first as an exotic phenomenon in a mid-1920s Paris that was infatuated with African-American culture, then as a glamorous cabaret star and finally as a Civil Rights advocate." This slideshow features images of Baker accompanied by audio of the "Jubilee Stomp" by Duke Ellington. From the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23430
Ides of March Marked Murder of Julius Caesar
This article describes how "Julius Caesar's bloody assassination on March 15, 44 B.C., forever marked March 15, or the Ides of March, as a day of infamy. It has fascinated scholars and writers [including Shakespeare] ever since." A sidebar provides information about the Roman calendar. Includes links to related sites. From National Geographic News.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23464
California Secretary of State
Extensive information about the duties of the Secretary of State, elections and voting, campaign and lobbying finance, business filings, State Archives, and special programs such as the domestic partners and advance health care directive registries. Includes a biography of Debra Bowen, "elected to be California's 30th Secretary of State on November 7, 2006, making her only the sixth woman elected to a statewide constitutional office since California was admitted to the Union in 1850."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/6405
The Zodiac Killer
Background about the Zodiac Killer, "one of the great unsolved serial killer mysteries of all time. ... This October, 1966 killing began a ghoulish series of murders that panicked the people of the San Francisco area. For years the Zodiac taunted the police with weird ciphers, phone calls, insulting and cryptic messages." Includes example of cryptograms, discussions of evidence and the case against Arthur Allen (a suspect), and more. From CourtTV.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23453
Cities Around the World
This site "presents over 6,100 photographic images [of over 450 cities worldwide] from the slide collections of the American Geographical Society Library." Harrison Forman and Harold Mayer took the photographs between 1942 and 1994. Subjects include city life, architecture, neighborhoods, transportation, and business districts. Searchable, or browsable by country or city. From the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23394
The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923: Materials from the Dana and Vera Reynolds Collection
Collection of images of the destruction caused by the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 in Japan. The collection "includes some of the earliest photographs of the destruction taken by Americans, and consists of over 100 original photographs taken in Yokohama, Kyoto, Shanghai, and Hawaii, as well as many photographs purchased in Japan that document the devastation." Browsable by theme and object type. Includes historical essays and newspaper accounts. From Brown University Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23422
18th Annual Pi Day Celebration
This site, created in 2004 for the Pi Day celebration on March 14 (3/14), commemorates π, an irrational real number (approximately equal to 3.14) which is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. Features a short history of pi, activities, and links to related sites about calculating pi, memorizing pi, and pi humor. From the Exploratorium.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23461
International Polar Year (IPY)
IPY is "a large scientific programme focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic from March 2007 to March 2009. IPY, organized through the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), is actually the fourth polar year, following those in 1882-3, 1932-3, and 1957-8." The site features news, list of events, links to blogs, and background about IPY projects in the areas of atmosphere, ice, land, oceans, people, and space.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23456
Girl Scout History
History of the Girl Scouts of the USA, which was founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low. Features a biography of Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low, an illustrated timeline, links to museum exhibits (such as the history of Girl Scout uniforms and Girl Scout cookies), and a "This Month in Girl Scout History" feature. From the official website of the Girl Scouts of the USA.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23451
This organization provides "information on corruption and governance" for countries around the world. The site features the "Global Integrity Report," a "collection of original, in-depth national assessments combining journalistic reporting with 292 'Integrity Indicators' analyzing openness, governance, and anti-corruption mechanisms for a diverse collection of countries." Also includes individual country reports, links to news, and related material.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23392
Name Game: The Folly in the Attempt to Define "African-American"
This September 2004 article discusses "a recent version of ... [the racial identity debate that] involves immigrants from Africa or the Caribbean and whether they are 'African-Americans.'" Includes a consideration of the racial identity of politician Barack Obama, the son of a Kenyan immigrant to the U.S. From the online magazine Slate.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23455
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