October 2, 2014

NHD 2015: CMHEC Topic Ideas – Power, Authority & Governance and Reform & Social Justice

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Below you will find Library of Congress resources curated by TPS-Barat that relate to National History Day 2015 topic ideas from the Chicago Metro History Education Center. All topic ideas are related to the 2015 NHD theme: Leadership & Legacy in History. More CMHEC topics will be referenced in subsequent posts. Power, Authority & Governance and Reform & Social Justice NOTE: historical newspaper coverage is from 1836-1922 Jane Addams, the Women’s Peace Party and the Hague … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Japanese-American Internment

A large sign reading "I am an American" placed in the window of a store on December 8, the day after Pearl Harbor.

Photos Document Japanese-American Wartime Internment Library of Congress blog, May 2, 2014 Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar primary & secondary sources Veteran's oral histories mentioning Japanese-American internment Congressional documents related to Japanese-American internment Japanese-American internment primary source set includes teacher guide Japanese-American internment timeline activity Japanese-American Internment lesson … [Read more...]

Today in History: San Diego, California

Portion of business section and harbor, San Diego, California

Today in History–September 28–the Library of Congress features San Diego, California. On this date in 1542 Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into San Diego Bay under the Spanish flag. Learn about the evolution of this southern California city by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary source treasures. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into San Diego Bay San Diego maps San Diego images San Diego song recording San … [Read more...]

Today in History: Nathan Hale

Mr. N.C. Goodwin and Miss Maxine Elliott in Nathan Hale by Clyde Fitch

Today in History–September 22–the Library of Congress features Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale, who was hanged for spying on British troops on this date in 1776. This teacher turned soldier is famous for the words he allegedly spoke before his execution, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." Find out more about patriot Nathan Hale by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related resources. Patriot Nathan Hale Was Hanged from … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: U.S. Symbols

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Symbols of the United States primary source set, includes teacher's guide Liberty bell Statue of Liberty American flag Star Spangled Banner American eagle Great seal of the United States Uncle Sam The White House Washington Monument Yankee Doodle Dandy … [Read more...]

Today in History: Robert Penn Warren

Special Order No. 102, Office of the Librarian, Library of Congress, May 9, 1944

Today in History–September 15–the Library of Congress features writer Robert Penn Warren, who died on this date in 1989. A novelist and poet who won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel All the Kings Men and two Pulitzers for his poetry, Warren was also a teacher, critic. He also served as poetry consultant for the Library from 1944-45 and as U.S. poet laureate in 1986. Discover more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources about the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: American Eagle

The new picture of the eagle

American eagle image set Bald eagle image set American eagle sheet music American eagle march streaming song recording The American eagle against the British lion! 1844 broadside Historic American newspapers: American eagle Legislation related to the American eagle Featured Source: Eagle map of the United States primary source analysis activity … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Liberty Bell

The Human Liberty Bell

Liberty bell image set Liberty bell sheet music Liberty bell song recordings Liberty bell books & other texts Historic American newspapers: Liberty bell … [Read more...]

Today in History: Captain John Smith

Statue of Captain John Smith on Jamestown Island

Today in History–September 10–the Library of Congress features Captain John Smith, who assumed the presidency of the Jamestown governing council on this date in 1608. Smith helped the colony to survive and thrive during its early years by fortifying the settlement, exploring and documenting the Chesapeake region, and establishing relations with area Native Americans. Learn more about this explorer, writer, and cartographer by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to … [Read more...]

Today in History: American Federation of Labor & Quarry Workers

At the Morse and Whitmore granite quarries in East Barre, Vermont

Today in History–September 08–the Library of Congress features the Quarry Workers’ International Union of North America, which was granted a charter by the American Federation of Labor (AFL) on this date in 1903. While granite had been mined around the area of Barre, Vermont for years, new waves of immigrants with a strong tradition of unionism arrived in the late 19th century. Find out more about quarries, the life of the miners in Vermont and elsewhere, and the AFL by visiting … [Read more...]