Vermont Humanities
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A Playground for Empire: Historical Perspectives on Cuba and the U.S.A.

Tim Weed explores Cuba’s long struggle for sovereignty, from the Spanish-American war of 1898 to the 1959 Cuban Revolution.

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The War Before the War: Radical Abolition in Antebellum America

Jane Williamson presents the philosophies, strategies, and tactics of the 1830s abolitionists who demanded immediate emancipation of slaves and equal rights for free blacks.

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Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project

Dr. Jack Mayer tells the story of Irena Sendler, a Holocaust hero who rescued 2,500 children from the Warsaw ghetto.

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Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadour’s Underwear: The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables

Rebecca Rupp discusses the stories behind many of our favorite garden vegetables, among them the much-maligned tomato and potato, the (mostly) popular pumpkin, and Vermont’s Gilfeather turnip.

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The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman

Nancy Marie Brown tells how archaeological digs in Newfoundland, Greenland, and Iceland inform the story of Gudrid the Far-Traveler, a mythical Viking woman who came to the New World 500 years before Columbus.

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Rosie’s Mom: Forgotten Women of the First World War

Carrie Brown reveals the courage of the women workers of the First World War, who rolled up their sleeves and entered industries where they had never been welcome before.