The Encuvati was the quintessential Tamil multiplication table book, used in precolonial South Indian schools. Nowadays they are available as palm leaf manuscripts, collected from different geographical locations of the Tamil-speaking region of South India and stored in various manuscript libraries there as well as in other collections inside and outside the country. But why … Continue reading Handbooks of the Mind into Ready Reckoners in Print: The Story of the ‘Encuvati’ in the Nineteenth Century
Panel Series at the 41st Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in Atlanta, GA, October 5–8, 2017
In October 2017, Simone Lässig and Swen Steinberg convened a panel series at the German Studies Association’s annual conference that focused on the roles of family and kinship, including children, in knowledge and migration processes.… Continue reading
Thursday is a big holiday in the United States, where we are located, so this blog will be quiet until next week. Happy Thanksgiving!
- Teaching Soviet Children the Language of Science and Technology by Laura Todd at The Language of 'Authoritarian' Regimes, June 28, 2017
- What We Can Learn from Fake News by Paul J. Croce at the History News Network, July 23, 2017
- How African American Activists are Influencing Latinos by Aaron Fountain at Black Perspectives, July 25, 2017
Following up on Mischa Honeck's interesting post, "Innocent Ignorance: Whitewashing an Empire with the Boy Scouts of America," which includes a link to a 1914 Boy Scout Handbook, we have found a year's worth of Boys' Life from 1915 at the Internet Archive. This official BSA magazine contains stories, Scouting news, advice, photographs, advertisements, and … Continue reading Boys’ Life
The history of organized youth has much to offer scholars interested in processes of knowledge formation and dissemination. This is particularly true of an organization as easily recognizable and widely influential as the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Popular culture in the United States is replete with images of cheerful Scouts roaming the woods or … Continue reading Innocent Ignorance: Whitewashing an Empire with the Boy Scouts of America
On this May Day, it is interesting to read a Progressive Era speech by Florence Kelley from December 1905 entitled "The Federal Government and the Working Children."  Kelley was arguing for a federal solution to the dearth of accurate and timely data about child labor in the United States. The industrial and agricultural interests that … Continue reading Sources: Child Labor in the United States
Here are the ten photographs from which the current selection of randomized header images on this blog were drawn. All of these images are housed at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. What do these photographs have to do with the history of knowledge? What stories do they tell? What questions do they raise?