From the Vaults

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The RIAS library holds an extensive collection of primary and secondary sources on US history and transatlantic relations. "From the Vaults" are regular posts that focus on a particular theme to highlight the library's collections. The themes often connect to present-day events or debates, linking the present with the past.  If you are interested in more details about a topic or a collection, please do not hesitate to contact us.

“A Song of Our Own Great Country”

Constructing America in the New Deal’s Federal Music Program
Stokely Carmichael in Alabama 1966

From Civil Rights to Black Power

The Radicalization and Decline of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
Eleanor Roosevelt in NY City

“Mrs. R” and the American Association for the United Nations

LaGuardia and FDR

Bridging the Progressive Era and the New Deal

The Political Career of Fiorello LaGuardia
CCC cutting trees

The CCC under Surveillance

The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Military Intelligence Division

Santeri Nuorteva

A Finnish Socialist in the United States
Black Workers in Revolt by Robert Dudnick

The League of Revolutionary Black Workers (LRBW)

Senator Fulbright

"An Avenue of Hope"

A Short History of the Fulbright Program
map West Indies

A Caribbean Affair

“An Unlawful and Contemptible Adventure”: The Ducoudray-Holstein Expedition against Puerto Rico and US Foreign Policy in the Early 1820s Caribbean
Cover Ladies Home Journal June 1917

World War I and "The Ladies’ Home Journal"

W.E.B. Du Bois

An Academic Turned Journalist and Activist

W.E.B. Du Bois’ Twenty-Four Years as Editor of the "Crisis: A Record of the Darker Races"
Amiri Baraka

"Nationalism Is Our Direction, Black Is Our Identity"

Culture and Black Power in Amiri Baraka’s Art
ER and JFK leaving after a broadcast

First Lady of the Media

Eleanor Roosevelt and Her TV-show "Prospects of Mankind"
"All Our Colours to the Mast"

“Selling” the Marshall Plan to the Dutch

The ECA Mission to the Netherlands
Martin Dies, Jr. 1940

Popular Responses to the Dies Committee

"I Have Never Held a Gun, But I Still Have a Pretty Sharp Kitchen Knife"
Jimmy Carter

The Limits of Moral Suasion

Jimmy Carter and Human Rights
John Collier and Chiefs

The American Indian Federation

And Its Opposition to the Indian New Deal
Roosevelt and John Burroughs in the Yellowstone camp, 1903

On the Hunt for 'These Varmints'

Theodore Roosevelt and Yellowstone’s Mountain Lions
ER and Mary McLeod Bethune

Liberalism Meets Radicalism

Eleanor Roosevelt and 'An Appeal to the World'

The Indian Reorganization Act

John Collier's attempt at Native American autonomy
Mossadegh and Truman

Iranian-American Relations

A missed opportunity?

Does History Repeat Itself?

The populist challenge of Charles E. Coughlin
Ronald Reagan in 1980

Ronald Reagan

From outsider to party symbol
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The Four Freedoms Seventy-Five Years Later

 The Nuremberg Laws

The US and the Nuremberg Laws

Truman orders U.S. Air, Navy units to fight in aid of Korea

Sixty-Five Years of Containment

How did the outbreak of the Korean War reshape the Cold War?
FDR's Death: "So Ended an Era, so Began Another"

The Death of FDR

"So ended an era, so began another"
Selma to Montgomery March

The Selma to Montgomery March

A view from the inside
JFK in Berlin

'Ich bin ein Berliner'

JFK's speech at the Berlin Wall

The Korean Armistice

The Korean War never formally ended

"I Have a Dream"

Fifty years since Martin Luther King's famous address

The McKinley Assassination

The death that launched Theodore Roosevelt's presidency
Kissinger in Israel

The Yom Kippur War

The 1973 War started forty years ago this week

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Eleanor Roosevelt and the UN Declaration

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Reflecting on its 65th anniversary

The Law that Dried the Nation

Prohibition and its discontents

Richard Nixon's Visit to China

A turning point in the Cold War

The Kerner Commission

LBJ and racial equality after the Civil Rights Act

A New Kind of Alliance

This week marks the 65th anniversary of the founding of NATO

Brown vs. Board of Education

The making of a landmark decision

The Spooner Act

How the US became a global naval power

The Nixon Tapes

The limits of Presidential Power

The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Escalating the Vietnam War
The German invasion of Poland and American neutrality

The German Invasion of Poland

FDR and the question of American neutrality
The Tafft-Diaz meeting

The Taft-Diaz Meeting

The first US Presidential visit to Mexico
The Gateway to the American Dream

Ellis Island

The gateway to the American Dream
The Murder of Viola Liuzzo

The Murder of Viola Liuzzo

A turning point in the history of the Ku Klux Klan