Monday, April 24, 2017

Over the Counter: Issue No. 35

News and notes of interest from around the web:
From KILN, a fascinating shipping map for 2012; run the video to see types of ships, cargos, and other information.

W. E. B. Du Bois prepared a number of charts for the Negro Exhibit of the American Section at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900 to show the economic and social progress of African Americans since emancipation; they are available on the Library of Congress website, and there is a story about them here.

Edward Balleisen can be seen speaking about his book Fraud: American History from Barnum to Madoff  (Princeton University Press, 2017) at the National History Center in Washington, D.C. And he talks about his research for the Duke University Ways and Means podcast.

And Marie Hicks is interviewed on the New Books Network podcast about her recently published  Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing (MIT Press, 2017).

The BT Digital Archives has enhanced and expanded its online presence, with many materials highlighting the history of "the world's oldest communications company."

On the H-Net Book Channel, Adam Quinn has an essay called "Reforming History," an overview of recent scholarship on the Progressive Era.

On the Georgian Papers blog, Justin Clement writes about "The Birth of Britain's Capitalist Empire."

Gridium presents a podcast interview (and transcription) with Andrew Russell about "The Dark Side of Innovation, seen from Bell Labs, Mars, and maintenance."

"Mapping Early American Elections" has launched a website as it begins to turn the raw material from "A New Nation Votes" American Election Returns 1787-1825" into a dataset that "will give scholars a way to see American elections as a whole through maps and other kinds of analysis."

Louis Hyman published an opinion piece in the April 8 New York Times on "The Myth of Main Street."

Lindsay Schakenbach Regele has an essay in the current issue of Common-Place about "the culture of chauvinistic entitlement" in Daniel Parker's War Department.

The program for "Innovative Solutions for Archives and Financial Crises," taking place in St. Louis on May 11-12, 2017, has now been posted. The conference is co-hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH).

Susan Strasser has an article on the OAH blog, "Process History," entitled "Snake Oil Revisited: Household Medicine and the Condescension of Posterity." As does Christy Ford Chapin, writing about "The Historical Origins of Today's Healthcare Debates."
    Strasser also has an article in the New York Times on the history of the microwave.

And over at the AHA blog, Joseph Malherek has an essay on Edward Bernays and American consumer culture.

The Getty Provenance Index® has added 138,000 database records of British art sales from the 1600s and 1700s, including the earliest known catalog published in Britain; an entry in the Getty blog, the Iris, details the importance and uses of records of art sales.

The Spectator Archive contains digitized versions of every issue of the magazine, 1828-2008. Researchers can search by content, keyword, topic, location, and date.