August 1, 2014

Looking Back: July ’14 Resources

The Mt. Sterling advocate. (Mt. Sterling, Ky.), 31 July 1914

For those of you have been spending less time online and more well-deserved vacation time, here is a quick view of all the fabulous Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources content TPS-Barat shared on the Primary Source Nexus in July, 2014. Teaching & Learning Literature Links And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street Teaching Now Using the Primary Source Analysis Tool Featured Sources Now including bellringer questions! The constitutional … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Chester A. Arthur

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The death of President Garfield--Judge Brady administering the Presidential oath to Vice-President Arthur Chester A. Arthur images & political cartoons Chester Arthur Papers webcast Chester A. Arthur books & other texts Historical newspaper coverage for President Arthur "Chester Alan Arthur" The Bay State Monthly Volume 1, Issue 5, May, 1884 Sheet music President Arthur's grand march by C. Carlberg President Arthur's grand march by A. H. Rosewig … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Footrace, Pennsylvania Avenue

Footrace, Pennsylvania Avenue

According to the summary of this political cartoon, who were the three candidates for president in 1844? What was the president's salary at this time? What is the president's salary now? According to the cartoon summary, who is the favored contender? What details in the cartoon—positioning, symbols, text labels—support this view? Use the Primary Source Nexus search box to search for information about the candidates to learn who won the 1844 presidential election. What other … [Read more...]

Today in History: Fourteenth Amendment

Mending the family kettle

Today in History–July 28–the Library of Congress features the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. On this date in 1868, Secretary of State William Seward issued a proclamation certifying the ratification of the amendment The 14th amendment granted citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States", including former slaves freed after the Civil War. Referred to as one of the "Reconstruction Amendments", this amendment also prohibits states … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Solving the riddle of Mars?

Will the New Year Solve the Riddle of Mars

What is the riddle of Mars? Does the article answer the headline question? What evidence does the article give that there is life on Mars? Can you find evidence in the article that Professor Lowell believes these Martian extraterrestrials are superior to mankind as the subhead claims? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: South Carolina

Chicora the original name of Carolina

South Carolina stories from America’s Library South Carolina primary source set South Carolina maps South Carolina books & articles South Carolina historical newspapers South Carolina sheet music South Carolina oral histories, songs & dialect recordings South Carolina WPA life histories South Carolina images South Carolina legislation South Carolina Guide to Law Online Today in History: Charleston, South Carolina More U.S. state primary source … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Religion

Religion

PSN primary source collections Today in History: Religious Freedom Today in  History: John Carroll, First Bishop of Baltimore Today in History: Cardinal James Gibbons Today in History: Anne Marbury Hutchinson Today in History: William Penn Today in History: Brigham Young & the Mormon Pioneers Today in History: Phyllis Wheatley American Memory Collections The American Colony in Jerusalem, 1870-2006 The Church in the Southern Black Community, 1780-1925 Early … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Twentieth century transportation

Twentieth century transportation

List the different types of transportation that you see. How many instances of each type can you spot in the print? How have these types of transportation changed in the 21st century? What are some new types of transportation? What types of transportation can you imagine there might be in the 22nd century? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Literature Links: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street

Mulberry Street, New York City

Theodor Geisel—a.k.a. Dr. Seuss—was born in 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was the first of many children's books that he wrote and illustrated. Geisel supposedly received 27 rejections before the book was published by Vanguard Press in 1937 thanks, as the story goes, to a chance run-in with and old friend from Darthmouth College. After reading the book, engage your students with some of the following primary source activities. Have your … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Transportation

Design sketch for T-1 Locomotive Pennsylvania Railroad

Teaching resources Around the World in 1896 How Transportation Transformed America: Going to Market Abraham Lincoln Primary Source Activity Book: transportation page Primary source sets Transportation image set Transportation maps Films & webcasts related to transportation Oral histories related to transportation Life history mentioning transportation Historical texts related to transportation Historical newspaper coverage: modes of transportation PSN curated … [Read more...]