History Happenings: Progressivism & Immigrants


Progressivism and the Treatment of Immigrants
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Video Overview

The influx of immigrants into the United States was greater in the decades after the Civil War than it had been at any previous time.

The majority of immigrants arriving to the industrial cities of the East in the 1870s and 1880s came from England, Ireland, and northern Europe.


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At the end of the century, new waves of immigrants from southern and eastern Europe came to escape the poverty and oppressive conditions of their homelands.

Learn about attitudes toward immigrants in the United States in the 19th century and why many people felt threatened by these new arrivals. Continue reading

Brain Teaser – Japan


Flags of Japan 30s

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Japan has been in the news for some weeks because of a disastrous earthquake and tsunami. This week’s brainteaser is about Japan and Japanese things. Need help? Use Credo Reference!

1. What is the capital of Japan?

2. In Japanese, which martial art literally means “empty hand”?

3. The Japanese flag shows a circle on a white background. What colour is the circle?

4. What is the highest mountain in Japan?

5. Which drink is often called Japanese rice wine?

6. On 6 August 1945, which Japanese city was the target of the first atomic bomb dropped in warfare?

7. Akira Kurosawa’s film “Seven Samurai” was remade as a western in 1960 with what title?

8. Japan fought a war with which country from February 1904 to September 1905?

9. Which Japanese-born writer won the Booker Prize for his 1989 book “The Remains of the Day”?

10. What kind of theatre is the Japanese “bunraku”?

How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (www.augardebooks.co.uk)

Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire


Taizu, better known as Genghis Khan. Portrait ...

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Do you have any books on Genghis Khan and his Mongrel Hordes? 🙂

Our Gale Virtual Reference Library has a host of information on Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire. There are a variety of reference books with information including:

Inventions


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Sounds were recorded for the first time in 1877 on an experimental machine that Thomas Edison hoped would translate telephone calls into telegraph messages. It recorded the calls as indentations in a strip of paper passing under a stylus. Edison noticed that when he passed the indented paper through the machine again, he heard a faint echo of the original sound. This mechanical-acoustic method of recording continued until electrical systems appeared in the 1920s according to Invention (Dorling Kindersley) one of thousands of titles available in the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

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