- Up one level
- Activism (students and other)
- Chapel Hill
- Civil Rights Movement and Desegregation
- Community health and community health center movement
- Family Planning
- Health care, health research
- Prohibition in the U.S.
- Public health
- Slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Jim Crow
- The North Carolina Fund
- The Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Vietnam War
- Welfare policy
- 'One Nation Under Gold' Explores America's Obsession With One Precious Metal (37 min)
Fresh Air, NPR, June 26, 2017. How One Precious Metal Has Dominated the American Imagination for Four Centuries. Host Dave Davies interviews James Ledbetter, author of One Nation Under Gold, who says many of the nation's worst economic catastrophes happened while on the gold standard. His new book traces the fascination with gold as a symbol of permanence and quality.
- *Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx On The Legacy Of The U.S. Highway System
Diane Rehm Show, May 30, 2016 rebroadcast U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has a message for Americans this week and it’s an unusual one for someone in his position. When the country’s urban freeways were constructed, they were often routed through low income, minority neighborhoods. Instead of connecting us to each other, Foxx says many of these highways were intentionally built to separate us. He says it’s a legacy the country has struggled to address and it’s one Foxx hopes to begin to repair. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx joins Diane to discuss helping isolated, poor and minority communities get access to reliable and safe transportation – and a panel of experts react to his proposals. Guests Anthony Foxx U.S. Secretary of Transportation Richard Rothstein research associate, Economic Policy Institute Sherrilyn Ifill president and director-counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Robert Puentes senior fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution.
- A Long-Lost Manuscript Contains a Searing Eyewitness Account of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921
Allison Keyes, smithsonian.com, May 27, 2016 The manuscript, "The Tulsa Race Riot and Three of Its Victims," by B.C. Franklin was recovered from a storage area in 2015 and donated to the African American History Museum. (NMAAHC, Gift from Tulsa Friends and John W. and Karen R. Franklin)
- American Experience - The Forgotten Plague (52 min)
PBS American Experience 02/10/2015 51:48 The battle against tuberculosis had a profound and lasting impact on the country. It shaped medical and scientific pursuits, social habits, economic development, western expansion, and government policy. Yet both the disease and its impact are poorly understood: in the words of one writer, tuberculosis is our "forgotten plague."
- An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and American Democracy (Gunnar Myrdal) - on Archive.org
Review by Ben Davis: one of the most important books written about the American state of mind. It should have been required reading in every American educational institution and should be an ongoing intellectual discussion. If you have never read this work, indeed, if you have never heard of it you should at least read the author's introduction and the first chapter. If you have ever wondered why, as an American, you are constantly required to reconcile opposites, "see both sides" of moral issues, or been frustrated by political and social decisions that do not match what you learned in school about the "American way" you will find a great many answers in this work.
- Attica prison uprising and government response
- Bringing Black History to Light
Lydialyle Gibson, Harvard Magazine, July 16, 2020
“The hard fact is that we have not previously made these collections a priority for digitization, and we think we should not wait any longer,” he wrote in an email. “Our university and nation cannot address the persistent scourge of anti-Black racism without developing deeper knowledge and awareness of American history and culture from a Black perspective, and we believe this project will make an important contribution toward enhancing this understanding.” - Thomas Hyry, Fearrington librarian of Houghton Library and director of arts and special collections at Harvard College Library
- Charlie van der Horst speaking during Yom Kippur (12 min)
Beth El Synagogue, Durham NC, 2016
Charles van der Horst recounts his family story during the Holocaust.
- Fresh Air - The Supreme Court Ruling That Led To 70,000 Forced Sterilizations (37 min)
The Supreme Court Ruling That Led To 70,000 Forced Sterilizations NPR Fresh Air, March 7, 2016 "In 1927, the U.S. Supreme Court decided, by a vote of 8 to 1, to uphold a state's right to forcibly sterilize a person considered unfit to procreate. The case, known as Buck v. Bell, centered on a young woman named Carrie Buck, whom the state of Virginia had deemed to be 'feebleminded.' "Author Adam Cohen tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that Buck v. Bell was considered a victory for America's eugenics movement, an early 20th century school of thought that emphasized biological determinism and actively sought to "breed out" traits that were considered undesirable."
- Historical Perspective: The social determinants of disease – some roots of the movement
S. Leonard Syme. Epidemiologic Perspectives & Innovations20052:2 This is an account of the early days of research on social determinants as I experienced them. I describe my time as one of four Fellows in a new training program in Medical Sociology at Yale University and how I came to be the first Sociologist employed in the U.S. Public Health Service. I then became the first Executive Secretary of a new Study Section at NIH dealing with a small number of research grant proposals in the field of Epidemiology. My account deals with some of my experiences in this developing field, culminating with my appointment as the first Sociologist to become a Professor of Epidemiology in a School of Public Health.
- History as a Determinant of Health
Sandro Galea, Dean's Note, Boston University School of Public Health, March 12, 2017 The effect that historical factors like war, economics, intellectual movements, and mass migration can have on the long-term health of populations argues for a consideration of the past itself as a determinant of health. With this in mind, and in keeping with the aspirations of SPH Narrative Month to “represent and reflect on the structures that affect health,” a Note on how the past influences the present, and how an understanding of history can help us create a healthier world.
- Israel opens database with 400,000 declassified documents on Yemenite Children Affair
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inaugurated an online database on Wednesday that gives the public full access to some 400,000 pages of declassified documents that the state hopes will help bring closure to the decades-long controversy known as the “Yemenite Children Affair.” “Today we right a historic wrong,” Netanyahu said at a ceremony launching the database. “For close to 60 years people did not know the fate of their children, in a few minutes any person can access the pages containing all the information that the government of Israel has.”
- Malcolm X Make It Plain (Full PBS Documentary) (2 hr 18 min)
"Born on May 19, 1925, in Omaha, Nebraska, Malcolm X was a prominent black Malcolm X nationalist leader who served as a spokesman for the Nation of Islam during the 1950s and '60s. Due largely to his efforts, the Nation of Islam grew from a mere 400 members at the time he was released from prison in 1952 to 40,000 members by 1960. Articulate, passionate and a naturally gifted and inspirational orator, Malcolm X exhorted blacks to cast off the shackles of racism 'by any means necessary,'"
- Mary Guinan interview about smallpox elimination in India
The Global Health Chronicles:
Mary Guinan Oral History - India
McSwegin, Melissa (Interviewer)
Guinan, Mary (Interviewee); Epidemiologist
Dr. Mary Guinan describes her experiences as an epidemiologist in India in 1973.
- Molly Davis - Owning Up to a Violent Past
Owning Up to a Violent Past North Carolina newspapers admit fanning the flames of Wilmington’s 1898 race riots. by Molly Davis Endeavors · Tuesday, May 1, 2007
- National Museum of African American History and Culture
Includes an interactive tour of the Smithsonian's newest museum
- NPR - The Doctor Who Championed Hand-Washing And Briefly Saved Lives
The Doctor Who Championed Hand-Washing And Briefly Saved Lives
Rebecca Davis, NPR Morning Edition
January 12, 2015 3:22 AM ET
The story of Ignaz Semmelweis.
- NPR - When Corporations Take The Lead On Social Change
When Corporations Take The Lead On Social Change
April 4, 2015 9:12 AM ET
Jim Burress, NPR Weekend Edition
"Back in 1964, social conservatives in Atlanta refused to support an integrated dinner honoring Nobel Peace Prize winner Martin Luther King Jr. But then Coca-Cola put its giant corporate foot down, and changed Atlanta's history."
- Oral histories of the American South
Documenting the American South (DocSouth), a digital publishing initiative sponsored by the University Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides access to digitized primary materials that offer Southern perspectives on American history and culture. It supplies teachers, students, and researchers at every educational level with a wide array of titles they can use for reference, studying, teaching, and research.
- Revisionist History podcasts
Welcome to Revisionist History, a new podcast from Malcolm Gladwell and Panoply Media. Each week for 10 weeks, Revisionist History will go back and reinterpret something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood. "Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance." Topics - Educational philanthropy,
- Southern Rural Poverty Collection
From the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy, DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy
Southern Rural Poverty Collection
From 1992-1994, Professors Robert Korstad and Neil Boothby interviewed more than 30 of the leading figures of the post civil rights era that focused on issues of poverty and inequality in the rural South. This collection of unedited interviews documents the first-hand experiences of these individuals and their communities living with pervasive poverty in the South, and their individual efforts to help their communities.
Includes interview with Jack Geiger, John Hatch, and LC Dorsey. Transcripts available for many interviews.
The accounts of some of these individuals provide the basis for the book To Right These Wrongs: The North Carolina Fund and the Battle to End Poverty and Inequality in the American South, by Robert R. Korstad and James L. Leloudis.
- State of Things - "Bad Girls," Eugenics And Samarcand Manor
WUNC The State of Things, Anita Rao and Frank Stasio, July 22, 2016 More than 2,000 women and girls were forcibly sterilized in the first two decades of North Carolina's state eugenics program from 1929-1950. While many governmental institutions and scientists propelled the movement forward, the new book "Bad Girls at Samarcand: Sexuality and Sterilization in a Southern Juvenile Reformatory" (LSUP/2016) traces the story of one reformatory's unexpected role in the process.
- The Race Underground
PBS American Experience. Aired January 31, 2017 In the late 19th century, as America’s teeming cities grew increasingly congested, the time had come to replace the nostalgic horse-drawn trolleys with a faster, cleaner, safer, and more efficient form of transportation. Ultimately, it was Boston — a city of so many firsts — that overcame a litany of engineering challenges, the greed-driven interests of businessmen, and the great fears of its citizenry to construct America’s first subway. Based in part on Doug Most’s acclaimed book of the same name, The Race Underground tells the dramatic story of an invention that changed the lives of millions.
- Why Pius IX Might Be The 'Most Important Pope' In Modern Church History (38 min)
Fresh Air, with Terry Gross, April 24, 2018. Transcript available. Pius IX became head of the Catholic church in 1846 and instituted the doctrine of Papal infallibility. Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Kertzer says his exile led to the emergence of modern Italy. David Kertzer is the author of the new book "The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile Of Pius IX And The Emergence Of Modern Europe."