August 23, 2017

Featured Source: The whole story (election 1888) in a nutshell!

Zoom into this 1888 presidential election document online or in a .pdf document. Look closely at the graphical elements of the complete document and compare and contrast the presentation of information in the Harrison and Cleveland maps. Which is more pleasing visually and why? How does the visual presentation affect the tone of each map? Describe your findings using specific details from the maps to support your conclusions. Now compare and contrast the textual information presented on each … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Boeing aircraft plant – production of B-17F

Zoom into the picture above (.pdf file) and analyze the photo using the primary source analysis tool. First, just use the picture to complete your image analysis, then review the bibliographic record to add to your analysis. Share your analysis with a partner, group or the class. This image lists some letters and numbers at the bottom of the picture. Enter the letters OWI into the search box at the top right of the Primary Source Nexus website to do some research about OWI. Summarize your … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Jeff Davis Reaping the Harvest

What is the mood of this image? What symbols and other details in the engraving contribute to the overall mood it evokes? Now review the bibliographic record for this image. Describe what you learned and explain how that affects your "reading" of this source. Do a bit of research to learn more about the person featured in this image. Then write a short poem with words that mimic the mood of the poem. Use this list of tone and mood words to help you. What other observations, reflections … [Read more...]

Featured Source: The Banks of the Yellow Sea

This Emily Dickinson poem was set to music by composer Ernst Bacon. Take a closer look at this sheet music and read the lyrics. What feeling does this poem give you? What specific word choices influence how you feel? What kind of music do you think would go with these words (happy, upbeat, sad, mournful, lively, slow, etc.)? Even if you can't read music, what clues to the music do you get about how Bacon wanted the song to sound from the sheet music? Now listen to a song recording of "The Banks … [Read more...]

Featured Source: When Women are Jurors

Zoom into a more detailed image of this illustration. Study carefully the expressions--both facial and body--of each woman in this illustration. Use one adjective and one verb to describe each woman based on your analysis of their expressions. The full title of this illustration is "Studies in expression. When women are jurors." This 1902 illustration provided a social commentary on women acting as jurors in U.S. courtrooms. What do you think was the attitude of the illustrator towards women … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Women own about one percent of world’s land

Zoom into this 1997 map online or this .pdf document. What do you learn just from looking at the title and the information presented outside of the country labels (ignore the orange leaves for now)? Look at the country labels (orange leaves). Which countries have the most female landowners? Use the information provided in this map to chart female land ownership in 1997. How might you explain this data? What questions do you have? A 2013 United Nations report describes the importance of female … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Jesse Owens

What does the image above make you think about? What sense of this man, Jesse Owens, do you get from this picture? Then review the bibliographic record for this photograph? What more did you learn? Now read this short life history of Jesse Owens created in 1939. What do you learn about him from this source? What more do you learn from this legislation that became law in 1988? What kind of person is Jesse Owens? Use what you have learned about Jesse Owens from these primary sources and … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Tariff Triumph of Pharaoh Wilson

Do some research on the Primary Source Nexus to find out who Wilson was. If you don't know what a Pharaoh is, do some research outside of the Primary Source Nexus to find out. Why do you think this political cartoon might have compared Wilson to a Pharaoh? Look up the definition of a tariff. Now zoom into a more detailed view of this cartoon. Look closely and try to figure out some of the symbols the cartoonist used. For help reading cartoons, click the links below. Analyzing Primary … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Poor Richard illustrated

Benjamin Franklin was a man of many talents and one of the key figures in the founding of the United States. Franklin was also a printer and a writer. One of his most well known publications was an almanac, or yearly handbook, published under the pseudonym (a made-up name) of Richard Saunders. The source above, Poor Richard Illustrated, features 25 small illustrations with lessons for the young and old. At least one person should examine each small illustration in detail. Zoom into the image … [Read more...]

Featured Source: President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address

Read this In Custodia Legis blog post on State of the Union addresses from the Library of Congress. List the main points covered in the post. Then look at the Wordle™ made from the text of President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address given on January 12, 2016. What key themes are highlighted in this Wordle? How do those themes compare to the main headings of the address as categorized by the 2016 address White House web page? Read the full text of President Barack Obama's final … [Read more...]