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A brief history of the Flag of the United States

If, as the saying goes, a picture is supposed to be worth a thousand words, the flag of the United States does a little bit better than the saying, as the Declaration of Independence clocks in at around 1,337 words.Symbols are shorthand; the simpler the better. If, as the saying goes, a picture is supposed…

Independence Day and the national anthem.

On this Independence Day weekend, celebrating citizens around the country will find themselves hearing, or even joining in singing, ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ Did you know, though, that America didn’t even have a national anthem for over 100 years? Even though Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics after the British navy bombarded Fort McHenry during the…

Colorado & its parks

Among the efforts of the federal government to pull the United States out of the Great Depression was the establishment of the Civilian Conservation Corps, which grew to be one of the best known and most beloved New Deal programs. National and state parks received much hands-on attention from the millions of men employed by…

Where were you the day JFK died?

Cronkite

“Flashbulb Memories are memories for the circumstances in which one first learned of a very surprising and consequential (or emotionally arousing) event. Hearing the news that President John Kennedy had been shot is the prototype case. Almost everyone can remember, with an almost perceptual clarity, where he was when he heard, what he was doing…

Money (a brief overview)

One concern that’s universal across all nations in all time periods: money. Not just how to collect it and how to spend it, but what it will be, how it’ll look, even what it’s called. The United States has no immunity from this concern; indeed, interest in the properties and presentation of money has had…

Open Access to DOE-Sponsored Research

  The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) has announced in their recent OSTI.gov Newsletter major steps for providing open access to scholarly publications funded by the agency.  Acting swiftly on the memorandum to agencies from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued in February of…

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Government Shutdown

Access to government information, normally taken for granted, has been negatively impacted by the government shutdown.  Please contact Government Information at 303-492-8834 or govpubs@colorado.edu for help with your research.  We may be able to suggest an alternate source for the information you need.

Truth, power, and whistleblowing.

“[To] inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them.”` That’s what Edward Snowden said was in his mind when he disclosed information about the National Security Agency’s PRISM program and its national Call Database. Snowden is the latest voice in a chorus the U.S.…