February 26, 2015

World Spotlight: Senegal

Message from Mister Leopold Sedar Senghor, President of the Republic, to the Senegalese People

Senegal primary sources from the World Digital Library Plan du Cap Verd 18th century map [Senegal] Historic U.S. newspaper coverage of Senegal Senegal reports & books Senegal mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection Webcasts related to Senegal Leopold Sedar Senghor: Thinker, Statesman, Poet Mere-Bi: A Senegalese Celebration of Motherhood Peter Strickland: New London Shipmaster, Boston Merchant, First Consul to Senegal Senegal image set U.S. … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Woman fingerprinted

Woman Fingerprinted

Complete a primary source analysis of this image using the Library's primary source analysis tool. Then click the image above to see if the information found in the curator's note there answers any of your questions. paper (.pdf) digital padlet Find out more about the woman in this image by investigating this related primary source set. Were you able to find answers to any of your analysis questions? Which ones? Describe what else you learned. Can you find a discrepancy between … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: A. Philip Randolph

A. Philip Randolph and other civil rights leaders on their way to Congress during the March on Washington, 1963

A. Philip Randolph historical newspaper articles through 1922 “Plan Negro Labor Union – Socialists & Hebrew Trades Mean to Organize Them” New-York Tribune New York , N.Y., 07 July 1918 “I.W.W. Planned World Union of Marine Workers” The Evening World New York, N.Y., 17 July 1919 “South Carolina Representative Declares Race Antagonism Is Fostered Through Magazines” The Herald and NewsNewberry S.C., 29 Aug. 1919 “The Movements Among the Afro-Americans in New York City” The Broad Ax … [Read more...]

Tech Tool: Primary Source Analysis with Padlet

Primary source analysis with Padlet

Padlet is a digital bulletin board in which you can pin comments and ideas in the form of text, documents, images, videos and more. In the video tutorial below we show how Padlet can be used to allow students to collaborate on a primary source analysis. Please let us know if you use Padlet with students for collaborative primary source analyses. Custom background image containing primary source analysis tool columns Primary source analysis question prompts for numerous primary … [Read more...]

Collection Spotlight: Katherine Dunham Selections

Katherine Dunham in the ballet L'Ag'Ya

This collection contains moving and still images, highlighting the dancer’s early explorations as an anthropologist observing movement types and dance forms in Haiti, Trinidad, Martinique, and Jamaica as well as Dunham performing and teaching. Collection resources Images Videos Notes on Dunham's Work Katherine Dunham Timeline Katherine Dunham: A Life in Dance article Additional Dunham resources A Life in Dance: Dunham Created New Forms in Choreography Library of Congress … [Read more...]

Featured Source: For United America, YWCA

For united America, YWCA

The shields displayed on this poster represent the flags of various countries. Do some research to see how many countries you can identify and make a list. Zoom into a larger image of this poster. Look closely at the details. For what purpose do you think this poster was created? What details from the print and your own background knowledge helped you to reach that conclusion? How does your conclusion compare with the summary in the bibliographic record for this print, which suggests a … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Ronald Reagan

President Ronald Reagan at his desk in the Oval Office

Ronald Reagan first inauguration primary source set January 20, 1981 Ronald Reagan second inauguration primary source set January 21, 1985 Ronald Reagan mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection Governor Ronald Reagan 1966 photograph Ronald Reagan image set Ronbo satirical photomontage Herblock painting McCarthy, Nixon, Reagan, and Clinton Herb Block on Ronald Reagan political cartoons More Ronald Reagan political cartoons by Herb Block "The Gods are … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Lynching

A terrible blot on American civilization. 3424 lynchings in 33 years

Please be sure to review all primary sources prior to introducing students to them. You may also wish to read Selecting Primary Sources That Deal with Difficult Issues. Lynching by Helen Douglass 1859 manuscript "Lynch Law in the South" by Frederick Douglass The North American Review Volume 155, Issue 428 July 1892 Lynch Laws speech by Frederick Douglass The facts in the case of the horrible murder of little Myrtle Vance c 1893 Lessons of the Hour speech by Frederick Douglass, … [Read more...]

Selecting Primary Sources That Deal with Difficult Issues

lynchings

Primary sources bring history to life but life can be harsh. Teachers need to be prepared for primary sources that may include, as Library of Congress Educational Resource Specialist Danna Bell wrote in the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog, "material that would shock, anger, disgust, stun, frustrate or annoy". But they also provide incredible learning opportunities as primary source expert and TPS Teachers Network Coordinator Mary Johnson noted in a comment to Ms. Bell's blog post, "I … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Great presidential puzzle

15--14--13. The great presidential puzzle

Look carefully at this political cartoon. What can you determine just from the information above? Now review the cartoon's bibliographic record and a brief description of the Stalwarts vs. the Half-Breeds. Describe new insights you now have about this political cartoon. Learn about factions within the Republican Party as described by journalists and political commentators in 2014. How would you reinvent this political cartoon for the 2016 presidential election? "The Four Faces of the … [Read more...]