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TSLA and the Blount County Archives make efforts in documenting the first World War

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Features | 0 comments

It was Feb. 22, and the crowd was small, yet enthusiastic. Participants gathered at the Blount County Public Library to show World War 1 relics and family heirlooms to a set of experts and archivists. The items brought in were wide-ranging and impressive. Service medals, uniforms, framed company rosters, century-old books, bullets, photographs of servicemen, helmets, dog tags, love letters and even a pistol—although the gentleman who brought it claimed that he left his grenade at home—came through the line to be processed and archived. The event was conducted by the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) in conjunction with the Blount County Archives, as part of the TSLA’s “Over Here, Over There: Tennesseans in the First World War” project. The project is an attempt to chronicle and put on public display the memorabilia of World War I, as...

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Dr. Carter Woodson and the history of Black History Month

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Features | 0 comments

In 1915, the city of Chicago, Illinois hosted a national celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The celebration, which focused on the advances of African Americans since the destruction of slavery, drew an estimated crowd of over 12,000 people and lasted for three weeks. Although largely overlooked today, the 1915 Chicago semicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation is noted as the singularity that set into motion a sequence of events that led to the creation of National African American History Month. It was this event that inspired a group of black academics and intellectuals to establish a program to further the standing of African Americans in American society. Within a month after the semicentennial celebration, the zealous group formed the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), and the next year they established...

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Petitioners seek to alter election outcome

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Perspectives | 0 comments

It has been over three weeks since Republican candidate Donald Trump won with an unexpected victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the race for the presidency. The contentious billionaire’s ascent to the highest office in the land has—unsurprisingly, given this electoral year—not been without controversy and dissent. Shortly after the results came in, a petition was posted on Change.org—a website dedicated to hosting petitions to encourage democratic change in a variety of areas—that seeks to address electors in many of the states that Trump won. The petition advocates for the electors, who will officially cast their votes for the next president on Dec. 19, to vote for Clinton, officially making her the president of the United States. Central to the arguments laid out in the petition is the fact that Trump, although winning the Electoral College, did not win...

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Trump’s cabinet picks cause controversy

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Perspectives | 0 comments

As the controversies surrounding the 2016 presidential election continue, president-elect Donald Trump has started the process of selecting his cabinet. As is common for the political landscape of 2016, Trump’s actions have been met with a slew of controversy. According to Whitehouse.gov the president’s cabinet consists of the vice president and 15 executive positions that the president-elect picks before he or she takes office. The cabinet’s purpose is to work under the president as administrators of the various departments of government, and to report, inform and advise the president with their expertise in their respective administrative fields. These positions are the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, Veterans Affairs, as well as the position of Attorney General. In tandem with these administrative positions,...

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Gore, Glory and Mel Gibson

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

It has been over a decade since Mel Gibson fell from the graces of the American glitterati. The filmmaker and actor’s career effectively tanked in 2006 when it came to light that he had verbally assaulted a police officer with anti-Semitic rhetoric after being arrested for driving under the influence. Since his arrest, Gibson has taken a noticeable backseat in the industry he once dominated. Since his arrest, he has only emerged here or there to act in an occasional film. Over the last couple of years, however, Gibson has continued in the movie world as a producer and director. His most recent directorial venture is the war epic, “Hacksaw Ridge” which premiered on Nov. 2 and is in theatres now. The movie follows the amazing true story of Desmond Doss, a devout Seventh Day Adventist, pacifist and World...

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