Environmental

1930s

Overview When Franklin Roosevelt took the oath of office as president on March 4, 1933, the nation’s economic crisis had become the most severe in its history.  Not only was unemployment rising and poverty widespread, but the banking system appeared…

1890s

Overview The nineteenth century had always been an age of certainties, but by the 1890s, some of the post-Civil War consensus about American civilization and progress was beginning to fragment as it had never quite done before.  Populists challenged the distribution…

1880s

Overview As a young teacher at the Hampton Institute in the late 1870s and early 1880s, Booker T. Washington was responsible for helping to instruct and assimilate Native American or Indian men.  The complexity of this assignment –a black teacher…

COLLECTION –Three Mile Island

Three Mile Island: Emergency is a collection of materials from the period surrounding the 1979 nuclear accident at power plant near Middletown, PA.  The resource center includes government documents, newspaper reports and a variety of other primary sources.  There is…