Category Archives: U.S. News

Get the 411 on Election Day

Not sure where to vote? Want to know who’s on your ballot for both state and local offices this Tuesday? Head over to Vote 411, and get all the information you need! Simply enter your address and get:

  • a list of candidates for your district
  • the location of your polling place
  • voting hours
  • what kind of ID you should bring with you

BONUS: You can even compare some candidates’ positions side-by-side and fill out a sample “ballot” as a reminder to take with you on Election day.

Take a Class at Yale for Free!

42-16603812Did you ever think you’d be going to Yale? Well, now anyone can attend a class there, courtesy of their program, Open Yale Courses. The course lectures were recorded live and are available in many subjects, from astronomy and physics to English, history, and political science.

Other course materials, such as syllabi with reading lists, are also available to supplement your understanding of the lectures.

Classes are available in video, audio, and transcript formats. No college credit is given, and there is no registration required——meaning you can start at any time!

For more information, click on the link above or see their FAQ.

Jefferson’s Birthday

Today, April 13th, 2009, is the 266th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birth. The third President of the Unites States of America, he has continued to be popular and intriguing, even as centuries pass.

CBR002404The Brown Library has many books about Jefferson, including:

  • Jefferson, Thomas. Writings. Call number E302.J442 1984
  • Burstein, Andrew. The Inner Jefferson: Portrait of a Grieving Optimist. Call number E332.B96 1995
  • Wills, Garry. Inventing America: Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence. Call number E221.W64
  • Greene, John C.. American Science in the Age of Jefferson. Call number Q127.U6 G69 1984
  • Ferling, John E.. Setting the World Ablaze: Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and the American Revolution. Call number E211.F46 2002
  • Bernstein, Richard B.. Thomas Jefferson. Call number E332.B47 2003
  • Malone, Dumas. Jefferson and the Rights of Man [electronic resource]. Internet—Books—Online Access. Blackstone Audio, available through OverDrive.

For more information, check out the official White House biography of Thomas Jefferson or the Library of Congress Exhibit.

The University of Virginia Library also houses the Jefferson Digital Archive, which includes “Texts by or to Thomas Jefferson from the Modern English collection.” 

Washington’s Birthday

mpj0178767000011Yesterday—February 22nd, 2009—was the 277th anniversary of George Washington’s birth. The very first President of the Unites States of America, he has continued to be popular and intriguing, even as centuries pass.

The Brown Library has many books about Washington, including:

  • Bancroft, Aaron. The Life of George Washington, Commander in Chief of the American Army Through the Revolutionary War; and the First President of the United States. Call number E312.B227
  • McDonald, Forrest. The Presidency of George Washington. Call number E311.M12
  • De Forest, Elizabeth Kellam. The Gardens & Grounds at Mount Vernon: How George Washington Planned and Planted Them. Call number E312.5.D4
  • Wills, Garry. Cincinnatus: George Washington and the Enlightenment. Call number E312.62.W54 1984
  • Wiencek, Henry. An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America. Call number E312.17.W6 2003

For more information, check out the official White House biography of George Washington: http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/georgewashington/.

For some interesting alternate history, try this article on John Hanson, third President of the Continental Congress, who first employed the title, “President of the United States in Congress Assembled:” http://www.marshallhall.org/hanson.html and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hanson_(myths).

Lincoln’s Birthday

mpj034154900001Today—February 12th, 2009—is the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The 16th President of the Unites States of America, he has continued to be popular and intriguing, even as centuries pass.

The Brown Library has many books about Lincoln, including:

  • Herndon, William Henry. Herndon’s Lincoln. Call number E457.H575 2006
  • Guelzo, Allen C.. Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America. Call number E453.G9 2004
  • Goodwin, Doris Kearns. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Call number E457.45.G66 2005  Even President Obama read this book and said it influenced his thinking on how to govern!
  • Paludan, Phillip S.. The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Call number E457.P18 1994
  • Dell, Christopher. Lincoln and the War Democrats: The Grand Erosion of Conservative Tradition. Call number E459.D33

For more information, check out MSN’s “10 Fascinating Facts about Abraham Lincoln.”