October 31, 2014

Today in History: José Manuel Gallegos

José Manuel Gallegos

Today in History–October 30–the Library of Congress features New Mexican José Manuel Gallegos, born this date in 1815 in the town of Abiquiú. When Nuevo México became the U.S. Territory of New Mexico in 1848, Gallegos was elected to its first Territorial Council. He was then elected as a delegate to the U.S. Congress from the Territory of New Mexico in 1853 and went on to hold a number of political posts: representative and speaker of the House of the New Mexico Territorial House of … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Great Moon Hoax

Partenza di Pulcinella per la luna

Why do you think the illustrator created an inset, or a picture within a picture? Access this .pdf to see the image in more detail. Read the summary of the Lunar Narrative from the Museum of Hoaxes. What details from the articles do you see evidence of in this illustration? Compare and contrast the information about the Great Moon Hoax from the following sources. What did you learn? What similar information is presented? Are there any discrepancies? Historic Hoaxes The Spokane … [Read more...]

NHD 2015: Leadership & Legacy Topic Ideas – The 1800s

NHD1800s

Every year National History Day puts together a list of sample topic ideas. TPS-Barat went through that list and selected a subset of those topic ideas to create curated collections highlighting Library of Congress resources. All topic ideas are related to the 2015 NHD theme: Leadership & Legacy in History but the set below focuses on themes related to the 1800s. Links to more NHD follow this resource list. The Bloodless Revolution of 1800: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and the Legacy of … [Read more...]

Collection Spotlight: Film & Video

http://www.loc.gov/film-and-videos/collections/

Film & video collections America at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures 1894-1915 American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment 1870-1920 Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire: Early Films of San Francisco 1897-1916 Buckaroos in Paradise: Ranching Culture in Northern Nevada 1945-1982 Civil Rights History Project Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant and Hymnody Fifty Years of Coca-Cola Television Advertisements Great Conversations in … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Abolition

A Plan for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery in the United States, without Danger or Loss to the Citizens of the South

Abolition newspapers Anti-Slavery Bugle (weekly) New-Lisbon, Ohio 1845-1861 The Examiner (weekly) Louisville, Kentucky 1847-1849 Primary source collections Abolition primary source set (American Memory collections) History of American Abolitionism 1861 More abolition books & articles Songs Related to the Abolition of Slavery Library of Congress article Abolition sheet music Abolition images Abolition webcasts John Brown primary source collections Frederick … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Ask Us, Ask a Librarian!

Ask a Librarian

If you've browsed and searched the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus and still can't find what you were looking for, feel free to contact us with questions about Library resources or strategies for teaching with primary sources. We also welcome you to leave a comment on any post. You can get help directly from the Library of Congress too. The Ask a Librarian resource provides several different avenues to get your questions answered. There are links to email forms for a variety of Library … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Los charros contrabandistas – juego de dados

Los charros contrabandistas. Juego de dados

This source represents a game board. Look closely (larger image) to find a picture clue that tells you what game pieces you need to be able to play this game. Take a look at the 64 scenes and choose three to investigate more closely. If you were to happen upon each scene in real life, how would you describe the encounters to a friend of yours? Make up your own rules for playing this game. What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

NHD 2015: Leadership & Legacy Topic Ideas – Early America

NHD-early-america

Every year National History Day puts together a list of sample topic ideas. TPS-Barat went through that list and selected a subset of those topic ideas to create curated collections highlighting Library of Congress resources. All topic ideas are related to the 2015 NHD theme: Leadership & Legacy in History but the set below focuses on themes related to Early America. Links to more NHD follow this resource list. Bacon’s Rebellion and the Growth of Slavery in Colonial Virginia Nathaniel … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Slavery (U.S.)

The slaves' dream

Library slavery collections Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves Caroline Hammond (a fugitive) "I was born in Anne Arundel County near Davidsonville about 3 miles from South River in the year 1844...." The story of Charles Crawley, ex-slave "God knows, how old I am. All I know is, I wuz born 'fore de war...." Voices from the Days of … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Theory. Practice. Effect.

Theory Practice Effect

Use only details from the illustrations and text to determine what the author of this print wanted people to know (view larger image) about these people and their relation to an important historical event. Use evidence from the source to support your conclusions. Now review the bibliographic record from a copy of this source and read the summary carefully. Describe what more you learned about this engraving and how that influences what you believe the author of this print wanted people of the … [Read more...]