Science & Technology

1920s

No matter how you try to capture the spirit of the Roaring Twenties or the Jazz Age, nothing looms larger in a discussion of that fast-paced decade than the Great Crash of 1929.  The collapse of Wall Street stock prices on…

1900s

Overview Near the beginning of his memoir Growing Up (1982), journalist Russell Baker describes the United States of his mother’s childhood, in the first decade of the twentieth century, as a “young country,” one that seemed to his grandfather at least, as the “greatest country…

ESSAY –Lincoln Theme 2.0

In 2009, Matthew Pinsker published a state-of-the-field essay on Lincoln studies for the Journal of American History (“Lincoln Theme 2.0”), which argued that the digital revolution was fundamentally changing the way scholars research and write about Abraham Lincoln’s life and career.  The…

EXHIBIT –Digital Lincoln

In 2009, to help commemorate the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth, the House Divided Project at Dickinson College partnered with the Journal of American History to create a web-based exhibit that would showcase ways that newly emerging digital tools could reshape the…

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…