July 6, 2015

Today in History: Salvation Army

Salvation Army

Today in History–July 5–the Library of Congress features the Salvation Army, founded on this day in London in 1865 as the Christian Mission.  Methodist minister William Booth and his wife Catherine founded the organization to fight poverty and religious indifference with military efficiency. The organization was renamed the Salvation Army in 1878 and expanded to the United States in 1880; it now serves in more than 100 countries. Find out more by visiting the Today in History … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: John Philip Sousa

Stars and stripes forever

John Philip Sousa biography John Philip Sousa timeline John Philip Sousa and the Culture of Reassurance article The Sousa March: A Personal View article The March King: John Philip Sousa collection items Sousa’s Birthday NLS Music Notes blog November 13, 2014 Stars and Stripes Forever … Literally Library of Congress blog July 3, 2012 John Philip Sousa sheet music John Philip Sousa song recordings John Philip Sousa historical newspaper coverage … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: France

Carte de France

Country Profile: France Creating French Culture: Treasures from the Bibliothèque nationale de France online exhibition France in America bilingual digital library site France Allied with American Colonies February 6, 1778 from America's Library France primary source set World Digital Library France maps France image set French image set Films related to France France mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection French American life … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Spain

Spain

Spain country study Parallel Histories: Spain, the United States, and the American Frontier bilingual digital library site Spain primary source set World Digital Library Spain maps Spain image set Spanish image set Torcuato Zamora: Flamenco Guitar with Dancers from Furia Flamenco streaming webcast Films Procession at Séville and bullfighting scenes Dogs used as smugglers On the coast of the Bay of Biscay, France Spain mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History … [Read more...]

Today in History: Samuel H. Gottscho and William H. Schleisner

Manhattan. Photographs by Samuel H. Gottscho

  Today in History–June 21–the Library of Congress features Samuel H. Gottscho and William H. Schleisner. On this date in 1934, Samuel Herman Gottscho snapped a photograph of the north facade of the Nebraska state capitol in Lincoln. A photography enthusiast, Gottscho was a traveling salesman for 23 year before becoming a professional photographer in 1925 at the age of fifty. His son-in-law William H. Schleisner joined him in the business in 1935. Find out more by visiting the Today in … [Read more...]

Today in History: War of 1812

By the President of the United States of America, a proclamation

Today in History–June 18–the Library of Congress features the War of 1812. On this date in 1812 President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Great Britain. Reasons for the war included frustration with Britain's maritime practices and their support of Native American resistance to western expansion as well as a desire to conquer Canada. The war lingered on past 1812 and in August, 1814, British forces attacked Washington D.C., setting fire to many government buildings … [Read more...]

Literature Links: To Kill a Mockingbird

A scene from the play "To Kill A Mockingbird," performed in Monroeville, Alabama

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the selections in the Books That Shaped America online exhibition. The curator's note reads: This 1960 Pulitzer Prize winner was an immediate critical and financial success for its author, with more than 30 million copies in print to date. Harper Lee created one of the most enduring and heroic characters in all of American literature in Atticus Finch, the small-town lawyer who defended a wrongly accused black man. The book’s importance was recognized … [Read more...]

Primary Source Nexus 2015 Summertime Schedule

summersched

Typically, TPS-Barat publishes four new blog posts every week on the Primary Source Nexus Teaching Resource Blog along with numerous tweets from @PSNTPS related to teaching with primary sources from the Library of Congress. To conserve program resources and recharge for next school year, we will be reducing the number of posts by half this summer. While you will only see two new posts each week for the next couple of months, don't forget to check out the extensive resources already available. … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: India

India--Benares--Monkey Temple

India country profile: . . . extensive urbanization and trade appear to have begun in the Indus River Valley around 3000 B.C. with the Harappan civilization. From this period until the termination of British colonial rule in 1947, numerous empires ruled various portions of South Asia, often assimilating a rich array of peoples and each adding its own contribution to an increasingly rich tapestry of cultures, ideas, and technologies. India country profile India country study India - Places … [Read more...]

Literature Links: Alice in Wonderland

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Find out some intriguing ways to connect to one of the most beloved stories of all times with various primary sources. The Immigrant Experience: Down the Rabbit Hole Library of Congress Relocating to a new country can be a disorienting experience. Immigrants often find themselves in a strange new world where the rules have changed, the surroundings are unfamiliar, and the inhabitants speak in strange tongues. In some ways, the immigrant experience is like the dizzying journey taken by the … [Read more...]