Thursday, June 28, 2007

Civil Rights Documentation Project

Legislative history junkies and those who follow legal history and its intersection with social movements may find the Civil Rights Documentation Project to be of interest.

This project discusses the legislative process involved in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The site offers a detailed monthly time line of the bill's progress from January 1963 through the law’s enactment in August 1965. Icons indicate whether a time line date focuses upon the social context or upon the legislative process. Also, the project includes names of key politicians and citations to specific bill numbers.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

100 Years Ago Today

It is fun to read the news from 100 Years Ago Today. Some of the articles might have been taken from today's newspapers but the language used is a give away. On June 15, 1907 the wedding ceremony was celebrated on roller skates. The couple, clergyman, best man, maid of honor, and most of the guests spent the whole time on roller skates. Could happen today!

Other items such as "Germany Enacts an Anti-Snapshot Law" seem quaint.

Or, Mark Twain is in the news (June 19, 1907) and gives an account of his new daily routine:

Every morning as soon as I'm up, I smoke a cigar, and then have breakfast at 8 o'clock. After breakfast I smoke another cigar, and then go back to bed. At half past 10 I smoke another cigar and start dictating to my stenographer. If finish at 12 o'clock and dose off till 1. I smoke another cigar and eat lunch. Then I go back to bed and read what the newspapers have to say about me. I smoke more cigars until half past 6. Then three assistants dress me for dinner, evening parties &c, after which I associate with elite society till 1 o'clock in the morning. I never go to bed till my daughter turns out the lights, and then I smoke in the dark.
My constitution is improving all the time.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, June 25, 2007


Popurls is a webpage with headlines from the most popular sites on the Internet. Here is one page where you can go to find all the latest up-to-the-minute web buzz. Thomas Marban launched popurls in 2006 as a "single page aggregator" which offers a quick glance to what is happening on the web.

Some of the sites whose headlines are featured on popurls are:;;;;;;;;;; and This listing is only about half of sites on popurls. If you want to know whats going on, check this page out once or twice a day.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat