An excerpt from The Oxford Companion to Black British History
An examination of the historic candidacy of Barack Obama within the context of the civil rights movement and the changing nature of black politics.
Glyn Redworth draws some interesting parallels between the lives of Luisa de Carvajal and Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
An excerpt from the biography of Victoria Clafin Woodhull, the first woman to run for the US presidency, from the ODNB.
A biography of Jean Sibelius.
From The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain and Ireland.
Jennifer got a gleam in her eye – and she told me all about her favourite title ‘A Geishas Journey’. It was a book about young Japanese girl who sets out to master the ancient art of being geisha. I was fascinated about young Ruriko’s transformation from a school girl into the adult geisha, Komomo.
An excerpt from Scott’s Journals to mark International Polar Year
Happy Birthday W. E. B. Du Bois.
Mark McNeilly helps us celebrate Washington’s birthday.
An excerpt from Mae West: An Icon in Black and White.
Dave Gelly helps us understand Lester Young.
Davis wishes a “blog on you!”
Philip Davis’s final post in his five-part series.
A conversation with Dr. Gates