August 27, 2015

City Spotlight: New Orleans

Down in dear old New Orleans

  War of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans America's Library Winning the Battle of New Orleans January 8, 1815 America's Library The Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Folklife Today blog January 8, 2015 Mardi Gras Season in New Orleans America's Library local legacy Happy Mardi Gras! Inside Adams blog The Supreme Madness of the Carnival Season In Custodia Legis blog February 12, 2013 New Orleans historical newspapers Books & other texts related to New … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Kenya 12-69

Kenya 12-69

Imagine you are from another planet and have been charged with reporting back to your commander on this country called Kenya on the continent of Africa. Zoom into this composite map and investigate the information presented. Create an outline of your findings. Compare the information in this composite map with one of the maps linked to below, noting similarities and differences. Kenya population density, NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center 2000 Kenya's ethnic groups, BBC … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Pledge of Allegiance Image Sequencing

Mrs. Claire Cumberbatch, of 1303 Dean St., leader of the Bedford-Stuyvesant group protesting alleged "segregated" school, leads oath of allegiance

Most school children in the United States recite the Pledge of Allegiance every morning. But what does the pledge really mean? By pairing primary sources with the text, students will deepen their understanding of a citizen's commitment to country. Image sequencing materials Pledge of Allegiance Image Sequencing Worksheet Pledge of Allegiance Images Pledge of Allegiance Image Citations Image sequencing resources Learn more about image sequencing activities Learning from the … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Kenya

Kenya

Kenya country profile Kenya timeline BBC Kenya: Places in the News Kenya primary sources from the World Digital Library Kenya maps Kenya images U.S. historical newspaper articles mentioning Kenya through 1922 Service in Kenya: U.S. veteran oral histories Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection interviews mentioning Kenya Books & reports about Kenya U.S. legislation related to Kenya Guide to Law Online: Kenya Global Legal Monitor articles … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Grandma’s Toilet

Grandma's Toilet

The title of this print is "Grandma's Toilet". Zoom into this artwork and use details from the image to figure out what toilet meant in this time (1893) and context. After, look up different definitions of toilet. What can you infer, or figure out, about the relationship between the young girl and the older woman? Use details from the image to support your inferences or ideas. Using your learnings from the previous two activities to guide you, create a similar modern-day image with an … [Read more...]

City Spotlight: St. Louis

Pen picture of the progress of the city of St. Louis, Mo.

St. Louis maps St. Louis image set Historical films featuring St. Louis "Meet me in St. Louis, Louis" song recording "St. Louis Blues" song recording St. Louis sheet music The St. Louis Republic, 1900-06 St. Louis, Mo. St. Louis articles, correspondence & reports St. Louis books & other texts U.S. legislation related to St. Louis Missouri state primary source collections … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Primary Source Trail of Western Emigration

Map of an exploring expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the year 1842 and to Oregon & north California in the years 1843-44

Background The “Corps of Discovery” expedition led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in the years 1804-1806 was instrumental in opening up western North America to settlement. After this defining exploration, fur companies further investigated  westward routes. Financed by John J. Astor's Pacific Fur Company, an 1812 expedition led by Robert Stuart began on the west coast at Fort Aster on the mouth of the Columbia River and forged eastward. A significant portion of the route … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Oregon Trail

End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

From End of the Oregon Trail, America's Library: The Oregon Trail was a route used by people who traveled to Oregon Country, which is what Oregon was called before it became a state in 1859. The Oregon Trail was the most popular way to get to Oregon Country from about 1843 through the 1870s. The trail started in Missouri and covered 2,000 miles before ending in Oregon City. Oregon National Historic Trail History & Culture National Park Service Maps related to the Oregon Trail Oregon … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: North American Fur Trade

American Fur Cos. buildings

Articles Before Lewis & Clark, Lewis & Clark and the Revealing of America online exhibition (scroll down to access Exploration of the Missouri River & British Passage to the Pacific sections) After Lewis & Clark, Lewis & Clark and the Revealing of America online exhibition (scroll down to access the Fur Trade section) A Fortune Made from Fur: John Jacob Astor Inside Adams blog July 23, 2012  The Economic History of the Fur Trade: 1670 to 1870 by Ann M. Carlos, … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Mauritania

Mauritania

Mauritania country study (history, culture, industry, and more) Mauritania timeline BBC Mauritania primary sources from the World Digital Library Mauritania maps Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection interviews mentioning Mauritania U.S. historical newspaper articles mentioning Mauritania through 1922 U.S. legislation related to Mauritania Guide to Law Online: Mauritania Global Legal Monitor articles about Mauritania Reaching the Millennium Development Goals: … [Read more...]