Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Teaching with Primary Sources

An archival exercise designed by Kate Black, Special Collections, and graduate assistant Sheli Walker for an Appalachian Studies class on campus is now available worldwide through the web.  “A Strike Against Starvation and Terror” explores the 1931-32 coal miners’ strike in Bell and Harlan counties by using music, documentary film, and primary source material from the Herndon Evans papers. 

The new web site also features conversations between Dwight Billings (Sociology and Appalachian Studies) and Kate Black, filmed in the Breckinridge Research Room, discussing the historical importance of the strike and modeling how to analyze and interpret archival evidence.   The site, recently finished, is now live at

 There is a new category on Special Collections homepage "Teaching with Primary Sources" which leads you to the exercise.  

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