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Broadening the Bush Library Debate

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Archivists see dispute at SMU as chance to focus attention on whether presidential libraries are losing access to key documents.

Open Up, Mr. President!

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New bill would nullify Bush's 2001 restrictions on the release of presidential documents.

Bill Advances to Reverse Bush on Documents

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Full House of Representatives could vote soon to overturn executive order historians and archivists say has hindered research.

Historians Vote to Condemn War in Iraq

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Online vote by members of American Historical Association sees U.S. action as "inimical to values" of the profession.

'The Power of Privilege'

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Conventional wisdom and plenty of books tell a story of how the post-World War II years saw a great shift take place in elite higher education: As a result of the G.I. Bill, the civil rights and women's movements, changing demographics, and some forward thinking academic leaders, you no longer needed to have the right ancestors and the right prep school to get into the top universities. Meritocracy emerged as a dominant force.

Inclusivity or Tokenism?

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Is it legit for a scholarly association to approve a panel at an annual meeting only if the would-be (male) presenters add a woman?

'Black Women in the Ivory Tower'

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In his landmark demographic studies of black America, W.E.B. Du Bois found that by 1880, 54 black women had earned college degrees. A new book, Black Women in the Ivory Tower: 1850-1954 (University Press of Florida), tells the stories of these women and those who followed them in the period up to the end of legal segregation in the United States. The author of the book is Stephanie Y.

A Visa at Last

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It took 2 years and a lawsuit, but University of Nebraska will finally be able to welcome historian hired in 2005.

Should AP Add African-American History?

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Some school districts are pushing for a new offering, but College Board -- citing lack of support in higher education -- is skeptical.

'Founded by Friends'

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From Cornell University, which was always nonsectarian, to California’s Azusa Pacific University, which began as a Bible college, institutions with Quaker roots have grown in any number of directions.

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