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Tennesseans Respond: The Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Written by Sarah Calise, Archivist On April 4, 1968, James Early Ray murdered civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. The city’s sanitation workers and public works employees were in the midst of … Continue reading

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Gore: Freedom of the ballot box is the very essence of democracy

Written by Sarah Calise, Archivist In 1965, Senator Albert Gore and his colleagues in Congress considered legislation aimed at dismantling the state and local barriers that prevented black Americans from fully exercising their right to vote granted by the 15th … Continue reading

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Grand Re-Opening: Research the LWV of Murfreesboro/Rutherford County!

Written by Kelsey Lamkin, Graduate Assistant The accretions to the League of Women Voters of Murfreesboro/Rutherford County Records have been processed. The accretions nearly doubled the size of the original records, and now they are ready for researchers! The records … Continue reading

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The Importance of Primary Source Literacy

Written by Sarah Calise, Archivist Every year on September 8th, UNESCO celebrates International Literacy Day. This year’s conference in Paris focuses on the necessary skills to navigate literacy in a digital world. The rapid change and growth of the Internet … Continue reading

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A Still “Inconvenient Truth”

by Louis M. Kyriakoudes, Director, Albert Gore Research Center Today, the motion picture “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” opens in theaters across the country. The film is the follow-up to Al Gore’s 2006 Oscar-winning documentary on the climate crisis, … Continue reading

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How Gore and LBJ Won the War for Medicare

Written by Sarah Calise, Archivist In my previous post, “Gore: Patients, Not Politics,” I outlined how Representative Albert Gore supported President Harry Truman’s five point proposal for a national health insurance program. Although their efforts failed, Gore continued the fight … Continue reading

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Tennesseans Respond: The Revolts of 1967

WARNING: Some of the archival documents featured in this post contain racist language and beliefs. Written by Sarah Calise, Archivist This week marks 50 years since the black community in Detroit protested police brutality, segregated housing and schools, and rising … Continue reading

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