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August 21, 2019

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When an Influx of French-Canadian Immigrants Struck Fear Into Americans | History

Smithsonian
In 1893, Clare de Graffenried, special agent of the United States Department of Labor, published an article in The Forum describing an invasion of America’s northeastern border. For 30 years, Graffenreid observed, hundreds of thousands of French Canadians had been pouring into states like Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode......
History

You Can Thank Chemist Stephanie Kwolek for Bulletproof Vests and Yoga Pants | Innovation

Smithsonian
This story originally appeared on Massive Science, an editorial partner site that publishes science stories by scientists. There’s a pile of fibers that Stephanie Kwolek helped invent. She laid the groundwork for NomexⓇ, the flame-resistant nylon-like material used in firefighters’ suits. She was involved in the development of spandex (LycraⓇ).......
History

Laureate at the Library: Resonance in the Cultural Collections of the Manuscript Division

Library Of Congress
The following guest post is by Barbara Bair, curator of Literature, Culture, and the Arts in the Library’s Manuscript Division. This is the third in a series of five posts documenting Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s summertime meetings with librarians and curators across the Library of Congress. The meetings grew out......

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