April 24, 2014

Presidential Spotlight: Warren G. Harding

President Warren G. Harding and his cabinet posed on the White House Lawn, with photographers

Ask students to deduce which man in the picture above is President Warren G. Harding, using specific details from the image to support their answer. Warren G. Harding 1921 presidential inauguration primary source set Warren G. Harding images from American Memory More Warren G. Harding images Featured Image: Biggest Business in the World President Harding and Calvin Coolidge film Warren G. Harding speeches audio recordings with transcripts Warren G. Harding addresses audio … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Ohio

Literary Map of Ohio

Ohio stories from America's Library Ohio primary source set Ohio maps Ohio images from American Memory More Ohio images Ohio films Ohio books & articles Ohio reports, correspondence & other texts Ohio historical newspaper collection Ohio sheet music Ohio songs & oral histories (audio recordings) Ohio legislation Ohio Guide to Law Online First American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820 The African-American Experience in Ohio Captain … [Read more...]

Today in History: Robert M.T. Hunter

R.M.T. Hunter, Senator from Virginia

Today in History–April 21–the Library of Congress features southern politician Robert M.T. Hunter, born on this date in 1809. Hunter represented his home state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was the youngest Speaker of the House, serving from 1839 to 1841. From 1847 to 1861 Hunter served in the U.S. Senate. During the Civil War, he served as Confederate Secretary of State and in the Confederate Senate. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the … [Read more...]

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...]