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Dr. Katherine Bankole-MedinaPeople who study history are very much like a focused world nation without a ruler …and whether they agree or disagree about their findings, they seem to understand one another in their quest to illuminate the past. As such, human beings have a great capacity for knowledge and understanding. We motivate ourselves (and each other) in enhancing our historical knowledge. Success in the study of history is about active participation in the process. We read and ask questions—in order to analyze and synthesize material. We allow our intellect to do what it does best—process information. We engage views about the past that may or may not differ from our own. We excite our passion for learning about people, events, places and time periods that have receded into the past. Searching for insight and answers we enthusiastically seek out proof, information and evidence, and we verify knowledge—to confirm what we think we know. We discuss, debate, and review. We effort to give meaning to the data collected and studied. We interpret. We organize our findings. Then we give it to people, who in turn must realize their own great capacity for research, knowledge and understanding. And one feature within all of this, which is always hidden in plain sight—is that those who seek to be leaders always understand and do something with historical knowledge. Thus, historical knowledge has been and continues to be, an important symbol of power for those who reside in the Historical Realms….—Dr. Katherine Bankole-Medina

Digitized resources consisting of European and American holdings, such as copies of The Life of Frederick Douglass, the Fall of Rome, and the works of Voltaire, are available at The Online Library of Liberty. http://oll.libertyfund.org/index.php?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Fcollection=48&Itemid=27

Other useful digital holdings include:

National archives digital vaults http://www.digitalvaults.org/

The Black Past, An Online Reference Guide to African American History, Quintard Taylor  http://www.blackpast.org/?q=digital-archives

Alaska’s Digital Archives, http://vilda.alaska.edu/

University of South Carolina Libraries – Digital Collections , http://library.sc.edu/digital/index.php