Links for Southwest Humor, Antebellum History, and American Literature

James River Batteau Festival: re-enactors' annual "race" recreated from Lynchburg to Maidens VA; see images the types of flat-boats commonly used on Southern rivers in the frontier era. A participant has also provided photos from recent festivals.

Library of Virginia: Houses a fine collection of Richmond-area papers, genealogical records, and archives.

Types of Humor (Part of a larger site from Quinkquest).

Southern Literary Review: "over 100 pages of original content, we are dedicated to offering quality information about America’s southern authors, and their works."

University of Virginia Library: Home to the The Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature and other materials instrumental in creating this site.

Virtual Vaudeville: A project that provides a "fly through" of a 19th century theater as well as an animated recreation of a Vaudeville show, including dialect humor.

Wikipedia's Entry on David Crockett: how a capable frontiersman became a demigod in the pantheon of American heroes.

Links to Other Public-Domain, Public-Access Archives

American Studies' Hypertexts at the University of Virginia: A large collection by writers both well known and neglected. See the Southwestern Humor segment in particular.

Documenting the American South: UNC Chapel Hill's outstanding collection of free text, video, and audio resources for studying the history of the American South.

Internet Archive, with an amazing and worthy goal: "to prevent the Internet — a new medium with major historical significance — and other "born-digital" materials from disappearing into the past. Collaborating with institutions including the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian, we are working to preserve a record for generations to come."