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World War II Hero/Movie Star Audie Murphy Was “Plagued by Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome,” Baylor Historian Says

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FSU Institute Dedicated to Preserving the Human Dimension of World War II

The great human drama known as World War II shaped the way we see the world today and, on Friday, May 8, the world will commemorate one of the most important milestones of the conflict — the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day), which signified the end of the war in Europe. Florida State University’s Institute on World War II and the Human Experience is doing its best to preserve the countless documents, photos and artifacts that help tell the story of this monumental time in history.

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¡Tequila! Professor Researches History, Changing Perceptions of Mexico’s National Drink

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Marie Sarita Gaytán, an assistant professor of sociology and gender studies at the University of Utah, noticed the distilled spirit’s rise in popularity. She turned what has become a pop culture phenomenon into a research project, which culminated into a study published recently in the Journal of Consumer Culture, “The transformation of tequila: From hangover to highbrow.” Her study examines how tequila —once considered a lowbrow drink swilled in in Mexico —has turned into the drink of choice for high society. Gaytán analyzed novels, magazines, newspapers and even song lyrics to examine the broader meaning of tequila in society to find that its evolution has been influenced by historical, political and economic circumstances. Gaytán also recently published a book, “¡Tequila! Distilling the Spirit of Mexico,” that builds on her research.

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Expert Available to Comment on 150th Anniversary of Emancipation Day in Florida

This year will mark the 150th anniversary of May 20, 1865, when Union Brigadier General Edward McCook declared the Emancipation Proclamation was in effect in Tallahassee. An expert from Florida State University is available to comment on the anniversary, the Civil War and slavery.

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Getting Under the Skin in Victorian England

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In her most recent book, Wild Animal Skins in Victorian Britain: Zoos, Collections, Portraits, and Maps, Ann Colley integrates 19th century interest in animal skins with contemporary thinking about skin and identity.

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Trending Stories Report for 24 April 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: exercise and obesity, Focused Ultrasound to treat uterine fibroids, neurology, diet supplements and cancer (day 4 in top 10), genetics, geology, skin cancer, sleep and Alzheimer's, and water conservation.

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Cigarettes and Soviets: Historian to Write Book on Russian Smoking Culture

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University of Arkansas historian Tricia Starks is using a grant from the National Institutes of Health to research and write a new book, Cigarettes and Soviets: The Culture of Tobacco Use in Modern Russia.

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Funeral Oration Text Reveals Earliest Account of St. Vincent de Paul’s Life

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A new book by the Rev. Edward R. Udovic, C.M., offers a translation of the eulogy given by Henri de Maupas du Tour and takes a snapshot of 17th century France at the time of Vincent de Paul’s death

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Prohibition 2.0?

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Why are there so few breweries in the U.S. South? A University of Louisville economics professor who has researched the issue says the reason can be traced to strong, anti-alcohol religious beliefs permeating throughout the Deep South.

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WVU History Professors Explore How Religion Was Used for, Against Unionization in Post-World War II South

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In “Struggle for the Soul of the Postwar South: White Evangelical Protestants and Operation Dixie,” WVU history professors chronicle the important role of evangelical Protestantism in the battle to unionize the South.