Watergate Hearings Began 50 Years Ago

| By J. Robert Parks | The Watergate affair that brought down Richard Nixon’s presidency began in June 1972 with a poorly executed crime, a “third-rate burglary attempt” as the White House called it. That incident and the cover-up that followed compelled Nixon to resign two years later. There were many factors that led to … Read more

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Gale In Context

| By Kris Krapp | From abolitionists and authors to entertainers and world leaders, there are countless women worth celebrating during Women’s History Month. Need inspiration for women to highlight in your school or library? Explore ideas to help students learn about women’s history using Gale In Context resources. Start Women’s History Month with Gale’s … Read more

Gale Resource Increases African American Genealogy Content

| By Tara Atterberry | With the increased availability of electronically accessible genealogy content, researching family history has become a commonplace hobby for millions of Americans. For persons of African descent, however, inequities are often found in the existence and accessibility of genealogy and historical documents. “The legacy of slavery, prejudice and institutional racism means … Read more

Commemorating the Occupation of Wounded Knee

| By J. Robert Parks | The relationship between the federal government and the First Nations in the Dakotas has been one of broken treaties, neglect, and systematic oppression. One of the most infamous events was the Massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890. Fifty years ago this week (on February 27), another confrontation began at … Read more

100th Birthday of Rock Legend Sam Phillips

|By J. Robert Parks| The early history of rock ’n’ roll music is filled with such household names as Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash and such behind-the-scenes figures as managers and record producers. One of the latter was Sam Phillips, the Father of Rock ’n’ Roll, who was born 100 years ago today. He founded … Read more

Hollywood Ten Cited for Contempt, November 24, 1947

| By J. Robert Parks | In the fall of 1947, various Hollywood artists, including actors, writers, directors, and producers, were subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) to testify about the supposed communist influence in Hollywood. Ten of those, now known as the Hollywood Ten, refused to cooperate, claiming their First Amendment rights. … Read more

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Focus on Baseball

| By J. Robert Parks | Fifty years ago this year, one of the most significant baseball players of his generation died when his plane crashed on a humanitarian mission on December 31, 1972. Roberto Clemente isn’t as well known as the iconic Jackie Robinson, but Clemente’s importance as both a baseball player and a … Read more