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H-NET WEBSITE COMPLEMENTS PBS BROADCAST OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION SPECIAL

East Lansing, Mich. November, 1997 -- In conjunction with the PBS broadcast LIBERTY! The American Revolution, H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences OnLine announces a complementary website, featuring educational resources for the viewing public, teachers and students.

The site, located at http://revolution.h-net.msu.edu, provides an online opportunity for interactive communications with scholars of the American Revolutionary period. Hosted by H-Net at Michigan State University in conjunction with the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture in Williamsburg, Virginia, the site is partially funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which also assisted in funding the PBS series.

The NEH is helping to pioneer the use of the Internet to deliver cultural and historical information to the American public, says Mark Kornbluh, Executive Director of H-Net. The goal of this website is to facilitate interaction amongst scholars, teachers, students and the public around the central issues of this pivotal event in our nations history.

LIBERTY! airs on PBS November 23-25, and the H-Net website offers discussion opportunities in advance of these dates as well as scholarly responses and public discussions for each episode. The site also provides essays on central issues by leading scholars of the American Revolution. By accessing this site as a resource before viewing, high school and collegiate instructors have an excellent technological educational tool.

Additional features of the site include an extended bibliography for further reading on specific topics, a rich variety of online resources and hyperlinks, and question-and-answer sessions with history scholars viewers and users are invited to send questions and comments on the Revolution and the PBS broadcast.

The sites usefulness extends beyond the television broadcast as scholars discuss individual segments of the program with online visitors afterward to foster discussion of historical issues from the period. The ongoing discussion will remain online for future use and retrieval.

Professor John Saillant, Assistant Professor of History at Western Michigan University and staff member at the Omohundro Institute, is editor of the website, which was designed by H-Net staff at Michigan State.

The American revolution remains a compelling element in the history of the United States essential to the foundation of the modern nation, to national self-understanding, and to a number of questions that intrigue contemporary scholars, Saillant says. This website will encourage anyone who is interested in the Revolution to engage in discussions of the subjects addressed in the LIBERTY! series, as well as discussions that range broadly over the issues of the War of Independence, its beginnings and its aftermath.

H-Net is an international cooperative initiative in Humanities and Social Science computing. Originally a consortium of e-mail lists aimed primarily at historians in the United States, the H-Net project has grown to encompass a wide range of projects, fields and disciplines. In addition to the e-mail lists, which distribute more than 150,000 messages a day, H-Net is host to an extensive collaborative website at http://www.h-net.msu.edu.

A leader in pedagogy and scholarship in early American Studies, the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, OIEAHC, is located at the College of William and Mary and is partially sponsored by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. For more information, please see http://oieahc.h-net.msu.edu/. [an error occurred while processing this directive]