Saturday, August 16, 2014

OTC: Notes of Interest, No. 2

Around the web:
In the wake of events in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, Colin Gordon and his maps have become a feature of several recent news stories, particularly in The New York Times. The maps, showing the racial make-up of the area over time, are a supplement to Gordon's book, Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008). The map website is here.

There will be a conference on "Corsairs and Pirates in the Eastern Mediterranean, 15th–19th c." in Athens, Greece, on October 17-19, 2014. The program is available here.

Andrew Watson has a post on the NiCHE website (Network in Canadian History and Environment), discussing supply chains for leather in the nineteenth century, that makes good use of Historical GIS techniques.

Deidre McCloskey engages in a printed discussion with Joel Mokyr and John Nye in "Deidre McCloskey and Economists' Ideas about Ideas." Also, British journalist Evan Davis interviewed McCloskey on a similar topic, with the audio available here.

The University of Southern California library has posted an interesting and visually appealing collection of Japanese advertising posters from the early twentieth century.

Forbes has a long interview with Mark Valeri, author of Heavenly Merchandize: How Religion Shaped Commerce in Puritan America (Princeton University Press, 2010); you can hear the audio version here. Selected print excerpts can be found here, here, and here.

The Elizabeth Murray Project is a website that focuses on the life of one colonial American woman. Created in a collaborative effort to develop teaching materials utilizing primary sources by California State University, Long Beach, and teachers in the Long Beach Unified School District, the site provides a wealth of material about the life and times of one early 18th-century businesswoman.