Over the course of my personal and academic research, I have come across a multitude of sources. Here I hope you will take advantage of this extensive library of suggested books, websites, and other sources. These lists will be continually updated.
Websites and Blogs
FiveThirtyEight is most famous for being the home of Nate Silver’s perennial election predictions. Having famously predicted the results of the 2012 Presidential election, Silver uses statistics and polling to predict results from sporting events to elections. His aggregate polling and use of models is also fascinating.
Korsgaard’s Commentary is a blog that explores contemporary politics, history, and popular culture which was in part an inspiration for starting my own website. Anyone who wants a look into these subjects and more from a different perspective, check out this website.
Mansundae Korea is an excellent blog run by Benjamin Weston that explores politics related to and life in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), more commonly known as North Korea. For anyone wanting accurate and interesting news out of the region, this site is a necessity.
Newsday is a local Long Island newspaper that explores local news events in the New York City area. In addition to covering local politics, it also has the tenth largest circulation of all major American newspapers.
Snopes has for years been an excellent source of fact checking in an age where it seems that false information is easier to spread. The times we live in have taught us to not believe news even from seemingly legitimate news sources, and Snopes is there to help us find the truth.
Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin was one of the most unique books I read this year. Originally published in 1961 at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Griffin, a white man, disguised himself as a black man for six weeks in 1959, traveling through five states in the Deep South, including Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama. The purpose of Griffin’s project was to explore life from the perspective of the victims of segregation and racist policies at the time and worked to help people understand what African-Americans in the Deep South were facing. This is an excellent primary source from the time of an unusual and historic chapter of the period, and it shows how far we still must go as a country.