April 17, 2014

Primary Source Learning: Oral Histories & Personal Narratives

Twelve Years a Slave

LOC.gov contains numerous oral history and personal narrative resources. Check out the lists below! Teaching resources Learning from the Source: Chicago Meatpackers & the Unions Learning from the Source: Media & Migrant Laborer Perspectives Analyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Oral Histories Capturing an Oral History: Tips for Students Billy the Kid: Perspectives on an Outlaw Exploring Community Through Local History: Oral Stories, Landmarks and … [Read more...]

Today in History: Preliminary Articles of Peace Ratified

prelimarticlespeace

Today in History–April 15–the Library of Congress features the Continental Congress ratification of the preliminary articles of peace  with Great Britain on this date in 1783. Negotiations to conclude the Revolutionary War had begun a year earlier. "International intrigue and intense negotiation preceded the formulation of these preliminary articles." The final, formal treaty was signed on September 3, 1783 and guaranteed U.S. independence as well as awarding the territory between the 13 … [Read more...]

Today in History: R.M.S. Titanic

Heroes of the ocean in memory of the Titanic disaster

Today in History–April 14–the Library of Congress features the R.M.S. Titanic, which struck an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland on this date in 1912 and sank to the bottom of the sea just a few short hours later. Find out more about the tragic maiden voyage of the Titanic by reading the Today in History section, then clicking the links below to learn more. Titanic image set Titanic sheet music Titanic song recordings Titanic-related legislation Titanic books In Memoriam, … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Cartoonist Commentary-Vietnam War

Kindly move over a little, gentlemen

U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War lasted more than a decade. Have students analyze political cartoons from the primary source sets below to consider different issues related to this war and how cartoonists' perspectives of U.S. involvement evolved over time. If students are not practiced at analyzing political cartoons, use the accompanying resources to help prepare and guide students in this type of primary source analysis. You may choose to have students analyze the cartoons twice, first … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Vietnam War

Vietnam memorial soldiers

Vietnam Veteran collections All Vietnam veteran digitized oral history collections (some contain additional items such letters, photos, etc.) Select Vietnam veteran digitized collections Vietnam War: Looking Back Part 1 Vietnam War: Looking Back Part 2 Vietnam War: Looking Back Part 3 Vietnam War: Looking Back Part 4 Vietnam War image set Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson standing among group of Vietnamese soldiers and Americans during a visit to Saigon, South … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Vietnam

Bridge over branch of many-mouthed Mekong

Vietnam country profile Vietnam country study Vietnam primary source set World Digital Library Vietnam maps Vietnam images Group of children, with baskets, posed under palm tree, Saigon Group of ten workers posed by palm trees, Saigon Two women posed, seated, Saigon Mandarin, full length, seated, facing front, Saigon Elderly man watching two young boys Street in Saigon Municipal theatre and stand for "malabars," the oriental hansom cab Bridge over branch of … [Read more...]

Today in History: Billie Holiday

Portrait of Billie Holiday

Today in History–April 7–the Library of Congress features jazz singer Billie Holiday, born on this date in 1915 in Baltimore, Maryland. Although she had no formal music training, Holiday arranged and composed music in addition to singing. Her 1939 rendition of Lewis Allan's "Strange Fruit," a song about lynching, was described in the liner notes to Immortal Sessions of Billie Holiday as "…the most anguished and harrowing expression of protest against man's inhumanity to man that has ever been … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Chicago Cubs

Baseball game at historic Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Cubs historic image set Wrigley Field historic image set World Series of 1908 historic newspaper coverage Cubs Capture Place in Finals of Grand Grapple for Title, The Washington Times (Washington, D.C.), October 9, 1908, Last Edition, Page 10, Image 10, Cols. 1-5. Cubs Look Like Better Team than the Detroit Tigers, The Evening World (New York, NY), October 10, 1908, Final Results Edition, Image 7, Cols. 1-8. Detroit Wins Third Game, Deseret Evening News (Great Salt Lake … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Reading Cartoons

By th' way, what's that big word?

We often think of cartoons as funny but, in addition to entertaining and amusing us, they can also enlighten, provoke or persuade us. Political or editorial cartoons, in particular, provide subjective viewpoints about current issues and events and the people involved in them. Cartoonists use a variety of techniques—symbolism, exaggeration, irony, analogy and labeling to name a few—to convey their story or perspective through images. Learn more about these techniques by completing the online … [Read more...]

Today in History: U.S. Virgin Islands

The harbor, Christiansted, St. Croix, Virgin Islands

Today in History–March 31–the Library of Congress features the U.S. Virgin Islands. On this date in 1917, the United States took formal possession of the Danish West Indies, renaming them the Virgin Islands. The U.S. purchased the islands from Denmark for $25 million because of their strategic location near the Panama Canal. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to learn more about these beautiful Caribbean islands. U.S. Virgin Islands primary source … [Read more...]