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The Legacy of John Hope Franklin

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

John Hope Franklin

John Hope Franklin (1915-2009) died last week, at the age of 94. He was one of America’s preeminent scholars of African-American history. He was also active in the Civil Rights movement, lending his expertise to Thurgood Marshall and his lawyers as they battled school segregation in the landmark Brown vs. the Board of Education case of 1954, and marching alongside Dr. Martin Luther King in the 1965 trek from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. In 1995, he was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.

A search of the University of Vermont Libraries catalog reveals over twenty works by or about Franklin.

Among them are:

From Slavery to Freedom book cover From slavery to freedom : a history of African Americans (8th ed.) by John Hope Franklin and Alfred A. Moss, Jr.
“Since its original publication in 1947, From Slavery to Freedom has stood as the definitive history of African Americans. Coauthors John Hope Franklin and Alfred A. Moss, Jr., give us a vividly detailed account of the journey of African Americans from their origins in the civilizations of Africa, through their years of slavery in the New World, to the successful struggle for freedom and its aftermath in the West Indies, Latin America, and the United States.” -Publishers information

Mirror to America book cover Mirror to America : the autobiography of John Hope Franklin by John Hope Franklin
“At the age of ninety, Franklin recounts the story of his rise from a childhood in Oklahoma to a career as a pioneering African-American historian, whose work on the history of segregation formed part of the N.A.A.C.P.’s brief in Brown v. Board of Education. The journey is shadowed at every stage by episodes of casual bigotry and worse. He was threatened by a would-be lynch mob while surveying the economic conditions of black cotton farmers in Depression-era Mississippi; as he corrected the galleys of his groundbreaking work “From Slavery to Freedom,” in 1947, he learned that his older brother, shattered by the experience of racism in the segregated military, “had either fallen or jumped” from a hotel window; and, after he hosted a dinner on the eve of receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a white woman gave him a numbered ticket and asked him to retrieve her coat.” –New Yorker

First Person Singular video cover First person singular [videorecording] : John Hope Franklin, produced by Dick Young Productions Ltd. for Lives and Legacies Films, Inc.
“The PBS video First Person Singular: John Hope Franklin explores in fascinating detail the life and work of distinguished African American historian, writer, teacher, and activist John Hope Franklin.” -Publishers information

Facts of Reconstruction book cover The Facts of reconstruction : essays in honor of John Hope Franklin edited by Eric Anderson & Alfred A. Moss, Jr. [Preview this book]
“Thirty years after the publication of John Hope Franklin’s influential interpretative essay Reconstruction: After the Civil War, ten distinguished scholars have contributed to a new appraisal of Reconstruction scholarship. Recognizing Professor Franklin’s major contributions to the study of the Reconstruction era, their work of analysis and review has been dedicated to him. Representing a variety of perspectives, the authors have sought to follow John Hope Franklin’s admonition that Reconstruction should not be used as ‘a mirror of ourselves.’ If they have succeeded, this book in honor of a profound scholar and inspiring teacher will provoke new discussion about ‘the facts of Reconstruction.’ ” -Publishers information

Follow the UVM Libraries on Twitter

Monday, March 30th, 2009


Twitter users can now follow UVM_Libraries for up to the minute information about programs, collections, and services.

“Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users’ updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length.” Twitter. (n.d.) Retrieved January 26, 2009, from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter

Blackboard Jungle2 Resources

Thursday, March 26th, 2009


This weekend, educators will convene at UVM’s Dudley H. Davis Center for The Blackboard Jungle 2, a symposium on integration, equality, and social justice in the classroom. The University Libraries are home to a number of resources that may be of use to attendees, or anyone interested in the topic.

Book Collection

It’s easy to locate books in the library catalog on a variety of relevant topics. Vermont K-12 educators and faculty at other colleges and universities are eligible for free borrower’s cards.

Sample titles of interest:

Just Schools book cover Just Schools : pursuing equality in societies of difference by [keynote speaker] Martha Minow, Richard A. Shweder, and Hazel Rose Markus, editors

Educating for Moral Action book cover Educating for moral action : a sourcebook in health and rehabilitation ethics edited by [keynote speaker] Ruth B. Purtilo, Gail M. Jensen, Charlotte Brasic Royeen

Challenges of Multicultural Education Challenges of multicultural education : teaching and taking diversity courses edited by Norah Peters-Davis and Jeffrey Shultz

Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education book cover Handbook of research on multicultural education by James A. Banks, editor ; Cherry A. McGee Banks, associate editor

Education is Politics Education is politics : critical teaching across differences, postsecondary edited by Ira Shor & Caroline Pari

Understanding the whole student : holistic multicultural education by Clifford Mayes … [et al.]

Multicultural Education book cover Multicultural encounters by Sanjay Sharma

Start Seeing Diversity book cover Start seeing diversity : the basic guide to an anti-bias classroom by Ellen Wolpert for the Committee for Boston Public Housing

Search under the subject heading multicultural education to find hundreds more titles.

Media Collection

The Bailey/Howe Library is home to an extensive collection of scholarly and popular DVDs, browseable by title, director, actor, or writer. UVM affiliates can borrow DVDs; there are also viewing stations onsite.

The contents of last year’s Blackboard Jungle Symposium are available via DVD.

The Libraries house rich collections in support of ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies.

The thousands of databases and electronic journals in the Libraries collection (many of them interdisciplinary in nature) include:

Ethnic News Watch [Remote access – UVM only]
An interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish) and comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Coverage: 1990 to present.

Gender Watch [Remote access – UVM only]
GenderWatch is a full text database of unique and diverse publications that focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas. With archival material dating back to 1970’s, GenderWatch is a repository of important historical perspectives on the evolution of the women’s movement, men’s studies, the transgendered community, and the changes in gender roles over the years.

Alt-Press Watch[Remote access – UVM only]
Alt-PressWatch is a full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals from alternative and independent presses. This interdisciplinary resource provides a valuable source of alternative viewpoints and perspectives to complement and challenge mainstream media coverage.

ERIC [Remote access – UVM only]
ERIC – the Education Resources Information Center – is an online digital library of education research and information.

Sample new books on ALANA studies and multiculturalism:

The UVM Libraries’ new book list is updated weekly. Subscribe via RSS feed to subjects that interest you.

Best Laid Plans book cover Best laid plans : the origins of American multilateralism and the dawn of the Cold War by Stewart Patrick.

Japanese Americans book cover Japanese Americans : the formation and transformations of an ethnic group by Paul Spickard.

Between Barack and a Hard Place book cover Between Barack and a hard place : racism and white denial in the age of Obama by Tim Wise

The Ties That Bind book cover The ties that bind : a memoir of race, memory, and redemption by Bertice Berry

In Search of Our Roots book cover In search of our roots : how 19 extraordinary African Americans reclaimed their past by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The Land Has memory book cover The land has memory : indigenous knowledge, native landscapes, and the National Museum of the American Indian edited by Duane Blue Spruce and Tanya Thrasher

Selling Your Father's Bones book cover Selling your father’s bones : America’s 140-year war against the Nez Perce Tribe by Brian Schofield

Forgotten Founder: The Life and Times of Moses Robinson, Vermont Pioneer, Revolutionary, Statesman

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009


A Presentation by Robert Mello

Thursday, April 16, 2009, 7:30

Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, University of Vermont

Vermont was built from the bottom up by pioneers who braved the wilderness looking for economic opportunity, freedom of worship, and personal autonomy.  Few of these early founders were more important to the formation of Vermont than Moses Robinson, yet his remarkable contributions are almost entirely forgotten.  Robert Mello is working on a biography of Robinson, whose life (1741-1813) spanned one of the most important period’s of our nation’s history.  In this presentation, Mellow will demonstrate how extensively Robinson influenced the debates and events of Vermont’s formative years as a leader of the Green Mountain Boys, a member of the Council of Safety, Vermont’s first Chief Justice, governor, and one of Vermont’s first two U.S. senators.

Robert Mello is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, President of the Vermont Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a practicing lawyer, and a trustee of the Vermont Historical Society.

Cosponsored by the Friends of Special Collections and the Center for Research on Vermont

Free and open to the public.  Parking is available at the visitor parking lot on College St. (free after 6 pm).

For more information, call 656-2138 or e-mail uvmsc@uvm.edu.

New Genetics Study Aid

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009


Scitable is a new “free, collaborative learning space for undergraduates,” with a current focus in genetics, from the Nature Publishing Group. The Genetics Study Center allows you to post genetics questions to experts and access over 40 study packs on topics such as the discovery of DNA, mitosis and cell division, genetic mutation, gene mapping and disease, chromosomal abnormalities, and the ethics of genetic testing.

Faculty can host a free and easy-to-maintain online research site for their genetics students, including shared articles from Scitable’s library and group discussion capabilities. Faculty can visit www.nature.com/scitable/classGroup and follow the four-step wizard to set up a classroom space in less than five minutes.

The Libraries would love to hear what you think of this product. Are any of you using Scitable?

mknowlesLego DNA model used in accordance with the Creative Commons license.

Associated Press Photo Archive

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

APTOPIX Japan Baikal Seal

(AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

Hula hoopers from the 50’s, Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin on the moon, and the 2008 Olympics are just a few examples of the breadth of photos you’ll find in AP Photo Archive, a primary source database from the Associated Press that contains photographs, audio sound bites, graphics and text spanning over 160 years of history. Users can search the collection by person, date, event, location, or hue to find just the right image. AP Photo Archive serves as a time capsule for worldwide news, current events, politics, business, sports, entertainment, and human interest that can be used to enhance your research paper or presentation. (Note: All photos are copyright protected and are for educational use only).

Web of Science

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009


More than just science, this multidisciplinary citation database covers over 10,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide and over 110,000 conference proceedings in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities disciplines.  The cited reference search makes it easy track research patterns and to see who is citing whom.  Whether you’re studying theatre or biology, Web of Science is a great place to start your research.

Fill the Void

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Starbuck, Battlestar Galactica

Did last week’s Battlestar Galactica series finale leave a hole where your Friday nights used to be?

Whether you thought the finale was a fitting end to the greatest thing ever to air on television or you’re convinced the show jumped the shark some time ago, there’s no denying the ‘old girl’ will be missed.

Relive the glory days in Bailey/Howe’s ground floor media collection:

Battlestar Galactica. Season One; DVD 4612

Battlestar Galactica. Season 2.0; DVD 5984

Battlestar Galactica. Season 2.5; DVD 5985

Battlestar Galactica. Season Three; DVD 5986

Battlestar Galactica. Season 4.0; DVD 6080

Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy book cover If you’re looking for a different kind of resolution altogether, check out Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy: Knowledge Here Begins Out There, from the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series.

“This volume addresses some of the key questions to which the Colonials won’t find easy answers, even when they reach Earth: Are Cylons persons? Is Baltar’s scientific worldview superior to Six’s religious faith? Can Starbuck be free if she has a special destiny? Is it ethical to cut one’s losses and leave people behind? Is collaboration with the enemy ever the right move? Is humanity a ‘flawed creation’? Should we share the Cylon goal of ‘transhumanism’? Is it really a big deal that Starbuck’s a woman?” -Publisher’s information

Problems with e-journals? Let us know!

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Frustration self-portrait by dieselbug2007

If you’re having difficulties accessing electronic journals, databases, or e-books, the Libraries want to hear from you. A new online form allows you to report problems directly to the e-resource troubleshooting team, who will work to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.

You can access the form via the E-journals link on the Libraries’ homepage. Use the Report An E-Journal Problem tab at the far right top of the page.

dieselbug2007’s frustration self-portrait used in accordance with the Creative Commons license.

Classical Music Library

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Classical Music Library

Grab your headphones and listen online to Classical Music Library’s growing collection of over 50,000 tracks of music written from the medieval times to the 21st century.  Repertoire ranges from vocal and choral music, to chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental, and opera.  Users can search the collection by time period, person, genre, or instrument, and registered users can create and save playlists to keep track of your favorites. Visit it every week to download the free song of the week!