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100 Years of Women's Suffrage on Long Island

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100 Years of Women's Suffrage on Long Island

In 1917, New York State granted women the right to vote, several years before most of the rest of the nation. Long Island women played a large part in that success. Of particular note is Edna Kearns of Rockville Centre, who worked as a suffrage editor for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and a columnist for several other New York metropolitan newspapers. She was active in Long Island suffrage clubs, wrote and distributed press releases for local and state suffrage campaigns, and became a congressional representative for Alice Paul and the National Woman’s Party on Long Island in the campaign for the 19th amendment. An...

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New Walt Whitman Manuscript Discovered

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New Walt Whitman Manuscript Discovered

A literary treasure buried for more than a century has been discovered by a University of Houston grad student according to a report on NPR's "All Things Considered." The new work is a 36,000-word novella that had been originally published anonymously, in six parts, in a New York newspaper in 1852. It's called, Life and Adventures of Jack Engle: An Auto-Biography; In Which The Reader Will Find Some Familiar Characters. Subtitle: A Story of New York at the Present Time. The full book was published online in the literary journal Walt Whitman Quarterly Review; the University of Iowa Press is releasing it in book...

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Tracking Sharks off Long Island

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Tracking Sharks off Long Island

OCEARCH's Global Shark Tracker lets you observe the navigational pattern of sharks that have been tagged with satellite tracking technology. This image shows the path that a shark named "Gratitude" took over the past few months. OCEARCH facilitates unprecedented research by supporting leading researchers and institutions seeking to attain groundbreaking data on the biology and health of sharks, in conjunction with basic research on shark life history and migration.OCEARCH is a non-profit organization with a global reach for unprecedented research on great white sharks and other large apex predators.For the past several years state scientists have also worked alongside Ocearch, a...

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Einstein's "Letter from Long Island" to President Roosevelt

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Einstein's "Letter from Long Island" to President Roosevelt

A letter sent by Albert Einstein to President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 from the scientist's summer vacation house in Southold is believed to be one of the key impetus for the U.S. to invest in the atomic bomb and, ultimately, entering World War II. In the summer of 1939, six months after the discovery of uranium fission by two German physicists, no official U.S. atomic energy project existed. There were fears that Nazi Germany would devlop the atomic bomb before America did. This fear was especially strong among scientists who were refugees from Nazi Germany and other fascist countries....

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President Roosevelt Called Long Island "Home"

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President Roosevelt Called Long Island "Home"

Long Island was home to the "Summer White House" while Theodore Roosevelt was president 1901-1909. Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay housed the 26th president of the United States and his family, including six children, from 1885 until his death in 1919. His wife Edith continued to live in the house until her death almost 30 years later. Roosevelt was a conservationist and played a key role in the creation or enlargement of 150 national forests, the creation of 51 federal bird refuges, four national game preserves, six national parks, and 18 national monuments.The 'Teddy Bear,' so beloved of children everywhere, was named for Theodore Roosevelt...

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