April 17, 2014

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...]

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...]

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...]

State Spotlight: Massachusetts

Massachusetts: Frederick Douglass

Massachusetts stories from America’s Library Massachusetts primary source set Massachusetts maps Pictorial Americana: Selected images of Massachusetts More Massachusetts images Featured Image: Massachusetts Did It Photographs of the sea floor of western Massachusetts Bay July 1999 Massachusetts historic films Massachusetts oral histories Massachusetts song recordings Whaling song Young Johhny Massachusetts sheet music & song sheets Massachusetts books … [Read more...]

City Spotlight: Boston

Indexed map of Boston

Boston maps Boston image set from American Memory More Boston images Canoeing on the Charles River, Boston, Mass 1904 film TR attends his son Archie's wedding at Boston 1917 Boston books & articles Boston correspondence, reports, printed ephemera & other texts Boston sheet music "The Boston Burglar" song lyrics Boston songs (audio recordings) Boston legislation … [Read more...]

Today in History: Washington’s Continental Congress Correspondence

George Washington to Continental Congress, March 24, 1776

Today in History–March 24–the Library of Congress features a letter George Washington wrote to the Continental Congress on this date in 1776, one week after British troops evacuated Boston but remained nearby. In the letter General Washington expressed his surprise and disappointment at the situation and went on to describe the exploits of the British in the area. During the Revolution, Washington maintained frequent correspondence with Congress. Learn more by visiting the Today in … [Read more...]