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Chinese Christian converts in Pingding, Shanxi Province, China, ca. 1920. The photograph is part of the Anna V. Blough China Missionary Collection, a digitization project worked on by History majors Elyse Ford, Morgan Nebbia, and April Tuggle in 2010.

With links to a variety of resources just for your discipline, this guide is a great place to start your research!  Remember that these are only some of the sources that may be useful to you.  Please contact me for help with any of your research, Peter DePuydt, x1453 or e-mail AskUs.

History, it has been said, is what the present chooses to remember about the past - Eric Foner

Everytime history repeats itself, the price of the lesson goes up. - Anonymous

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