Thursday morning’s Diane Rehm Show on NPR featured an interview with Louise Knight about her book “Jane Addams: Spirit in Action.” Jane Addams is a complex figure. She was the first American woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize, a … Continue reading
Horses are falling dead in the streets of New York…
Russ talks about Footnote’s innovative efforts to bring millions of historical documents online and the importance of making research more social.
Before Mark Spitz – and way before Michael Phelps – America’s swimming rockstar was Henry Elionsky, a celebrity so famous he often was referred to only by his last name. Starting in the mid-1910s, the 265-pound long distance swimmer from … Continue reading
With their hit phonograph machine, the Victrola, Victor Talking Machine Company was the Apple of their day. At the height of their success in 1917, more than 500,000 hand-powered Victrolas were being sold each year. But Thomas Edison, who had … Continue reading
Under the hood of Footnote lies a powerful search engine that keeps track of everything – nearly 300 million images, documents, annotation, comments and stories. But with the tremendous growth in search traffic on the site, we realized months ago … Continue reading
Errol Morris has posted the fourth of five installments of “Whose Father Was He?” — a riveting investigation into a photograph of three children found in the hands of the dead body of Amos Humiston, a fallen Union soldier, at … Continue reading