The Monkey Trial

Few topics have proved as enduringly controversial in American history as evolution and the origins of humanity. Darwin’s book, On the Origin of Species, was published back in 1859 when slavery was the main issue dividing Americans. Although his first book only discussed animals, many people quickly grasped what Darwin later made explicit: his theoryContinue reading “The Monkey Trial”

Japanese American Remembrance Day, February 19th

Today marks Remembrance Day for approximately 120,000 Americans of Japanese Ancestry who were forcibly displaced and incarcerated in concentration camps during World War II. In the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor, unfortunately, anti-Japanese sentiment and jingoism, in the guise of military necessity, prevailed. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing theContinue reading “Japanese American Remembrance Day, February 19th”

New Titles Online!

Although Covid has slowed down some of our work on the Alaska Digital Newspaper Project, it hasn’t stopped it! As part of our 2018-2020 cycle with the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, we have uploaded over 35,000 pages to Chronicling America from the following newspapers: The New Native (Hydaburg, Alaska)Continue reading “New Titles Online!”

Heading to the Polls in a Pandemic

If you voted in this latest election, then congratulations are in order, you participated in the democratic process during a global pandemic. A national election has not happened amidst an outbreak of this scale in over 100 years, not since the 1918 midterm elections. The elections of that year were held against the backdrop ofContinue reading “Heading to the Polls in a Pandemic”

Contentious Confirmations

As the nation settles in for hearings on the nomination to the Supreme Court of Amy Coney Barrett, it is worth looking back at previous confirmation hearings from the 20th century. Today’s televised and heavily reported confirmation hearings bear little resemblance to those from a century ago – Prior to 1929 debate on Supreme CourtContinue reading “Contentious Confirmations”

Voting Rights in Alaska

Last month, this country marked the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which granted women across the nation the right to vote. While some states had already passed laws granting partial or total suffrage to women, this amendment applied to every state. Alaska had already passed a women’s suffrage law back in 1913, earning praiseContinue reading “Voting Rights in Alaska”

Arctic Explorers in Alaska

When the expeditions of Frederick Cook in 1908 and Robert Peary in 1909 reached the North Pole, it might have seemed like the era of expedition to the top of the world was at an end, but in fact it was only beginning. While the world was engrossed by Charles Lindbergh’s flight across the AtlanticContinue reading “Arctic Explorers in Alaska”

PTSD in World War One

World War One was the first war that fully made use of the developments and creations of the Industrial Age. Trench warfare, mass artillery barrages, and hopeless charges against fortified positions all contributed to a catastrophic death toll. When many soldiers in the war began demonstrating symptoms of panic, problems sleeping, and trouble talking orContinue reading “PTSD in World War One”

Different Outbreaks but Familiar Threats for Alaskan Natives

IN 1912 the Assistant Surgeon General of Alaska, R.A. Kearney, wrote that “Unless some ways are used to check tuberculosis among the native Indians of Alaska the race will become extinct there in sixty or seventy years.” In 1918 the threat from Tuberculosis was still critical, indicated by a front page article in The CordovaContinue reading “Different Outbreaks but Familiar Threats for Alaskan Natives”

Working Class Advocacy of the 1910s: The Socialist Press Newspaper

The Socialist Press is a weekly newspaper that was published out of Fairbanks in the 1910s. Its earliest issue is dated June 20th, 19142, and the paper’s editor was George Hinton Henry, formerly of the Yukon Press (Tanana). Mr. Henry was bold in his editorial assertions, which evidently caused quite the stir among the FairbanksContinue reading “Working Class Advocacy of the 1910s: The Socialist Press Newspaper”

23 Years of Kodiak News History going Digital this Year

The two-year grant provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2018 is still paving the way for more digitization of Alaskan newspapers. Patrons may now expect to see, among the newspaper titles going live on the Library of Congress website later this year, a span of 23 years of the Kodiak Mirror—from 1940Continue reading “23 Years of Kodiak News History going Digital this Year”

Historic Anchorage Newspapers to be Digitized

The following is a brief overview of early Anchorage-based newspaper titles, to be digitized in the current season of the Alaska National Digital Newspaper Project. A more complete summary of this history will be transmitted for inclusion in the Chronicling America newspaper directory in 2020. According to early reports, a New Zealand native by theContinue reading “Historic Anchorage Newspapers to be Digitized”