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Date: September 13, 2021 - December 31, 2021 | 12:00 am EDT

Location:  Independent study, no live events
United States

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Each century cultivates a vast array of voices, a few more well-known than most. But with the ease of access to documentation and research, we have the opportunity to examine our past and assess, or reassess, what we know. Whether book, article, poem or speech; inspirational, critical, discovery, or observational, adding new voices to stories already told provides the chance to expand our own perspectives and re-evaluate our experiences. Amend your historical knowledge with these influential thinkers, unsung heroes, and diverse history-making voices from across the globe, following a path of your choice. Scholars from Duke University Libraries, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Duke Divinity School, The Graduate School, and others will guide you in this new independent study. 

Medicine in the 19th Century

Medical knowledge and techniques developed rapidly and expansively during the 1800s. Originally created for Duke students, this online module explores advancements in medicine across scientific study, medical methods, and materials. Examine digitized medical artifacts and original documents expertly curated by Chinese Studies Librarian Luo Zhou, history professor Nicole Barnes and History of Medicine Collections curator Rachel Ingold, and gain a deeper understanding of the progress made during this century and the important influences that led us to our current-day experiences and understanding of medicine.


Freedom, Fear, and Independence in Haiti

During the 19th century, Haiti and the United States were tied closely together in the transatlantic slave trade, and the Haitian slave revolt sent shockwaves through the slave-owning American South. Prepared by John Gartrell of the John Hope Franklin Research Center, this module compares and contrasts the influence of the Haitian Revolution and Constitution with abolitionism in the U.S. and contextualizes the experiences in Haiti among the systems of African slavery in the new world. Explore an illuminating collection of legal and personal documents related to slavery in the United States and Haiti, and view Duke’s digital copy of the original Haitian Constitution of 1804.


Women’s Suffrage

The campaign for women’s voting rights lasted almost eight decades starting in the middle of the 19th century. Considered the largest reform movement in United States history, its participants believed that securing the vote was essential to achieving women’s economic, social, and political equality. Though the dominant narrative of the movement has focused on white women who benefited from the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment more than Black, Indigenous, and Women of Color (BIWOC), this module and the exhibitions it’s based on seek to highlight a diversity of historical figures and viewpoints throughout.

In this session learners will use a range of textual and visual primary sources to understand the perspectives of activists, politicians, and others for and against suffrage through a critical analysis of primary sources. This module was developed by Laura Micham, the Director of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture and Curator of Gender and Sexuality History Collections, Meg Brown, Head of Exhibition Services and E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation Exhibits Librarian, and Genna Miller, lecturing fellow of economics, with contributions from Sarah (“Sally”) Deutsch, professor of history. Join us as we explore this 80 year journey towards equal rights for women in the United States.


Armchair Travel Across the Eastern World

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then there may be no better way to learn than through imagery. Travel back in time and explore two of the world’s historic cultures through a classic means of communication. Developed by Korean Studies Librarian Miree Ku and Middle Eastern Studies Librarian Sean Swanick, in this module you’ll delve into Duke’s scanned postcard collections from 19th century Korea and Turkey and learn more about daily life during this period.