May 2, 2016

Today in History: Billy the Kid

Today in History–April 28–the Library of Congress features Billy the Kid, who killed two guards while making his escape from a New Mexico jail on this date in 1881. But was he a folk villain or hero? Find out more by visiting the Today in History April 28 section, then follow the primary source trail to uncover more perspectives on this infamous Wild West character. Billy the Kid Escaped from Jail from America's Library Young Gun Library of Congress blog April 20, 2015 The Authentic … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Emily Dickinson

Poet Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts. Dickinson seldom left home but she read a lot, exchanged letters with many people, and spent a great deal of time with her family—her sister Lavinia also lived at home her entire life and her brother Austin and his wife lived next door. Learn more about this introspective poet by investigating the resources below. The complete poems of Emily Dickinson, with an introduction by her niece, Martha Dickinson Bianchi … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Chile

Chile: Places in the News Chile country study Country profile: Chile BBC Chile timeline BBC Chile primary source set from the World Digital Library Chile images Chile maps Canción nacional chilena 1901-04-12 song recording Mañana Chilean dance Chile literary recordings Chile books and documents (English & Spanish) U.S. historical newspaper articles mentioning Chile through 1922 Service in Chile: U.S. veteran oral histories Foreign Affairs Oral History … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Pablo Neruda

Poet Pablo Neruda was born as Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto in Parral, Chile in 1904. He is the author of more than fifty books, mostly of poetry and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. Learn more about this wondrous wordsmith by investigating the resources below. Pablo Neruda reading his poem, Alturas de Macchu Picchu June 20, 1966 audio recording Pablo Neruda image set Pablo Neruda brief biography (in English and Spanish) Pablo Neruda biography & bibliography … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Gwendolyn Brooks

Pulitzer Prize winner Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) wrote more than 20 books of poetry and served as the Illinois Poet Laureate from 1968-2000 and Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1985-1986. Learn more about this amazing artist by investigating the resources below. Gwendolyn Brooks reads from her poetry audio recording September 30, 1985 We Real Cool broadside A Street in Bronzeville Books that Shaped America online exhibition "Gwendolyn Brooks Is Named as Next … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Gibson Girls

From the Library of Congress: An acclaimed master of pen-and-ink drawing, Charles Dana Gibson (1867–1944) came of age when the expansion of women's roles and increasing social mobility were changing America. After training at the Art Students League in New York City and in Europe, Gibson began to create satirical illustrations based on his observations of upper-middle-class life for such mainstream magazines as Life, Collier's Weekly, Harper's Weekly, Scribner's, and Century. In the 1890s he … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Frances Willard & the WCTU

The Do-Everything Policy by Frances Willard primary source analysis activity Correspondence, speeches, & other texts by Frances Willard Texts about Frances Willard How Racism Tainted Women’s Fight to Vote (1894 showdown between anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells and temperance leader Frances E. Willard) The Root March 25 2011 Frances Willard temperance: historic newspaper coverage Frances Willard image set Causes: The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union National Women’s … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Ida B. Wells

From the Library of Congress: “The facts have been so distorted that the people in the north and elsewhere do not realize the extent of the lynchings in south,” stated Ida B. Wells in June of 1895. Wells worked tirelessly to fight against lynching in the American South through newspapers, pamphlets, and speeches. A former school teacher, she is remembered for her work in both civil and women’s rights. Ida B. Wells brief bio Women’s Rights Activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett online exhibition … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Race Riots

Wilmington, North Carolina 1898 race riot 1898 newspaper coverage New York City 1900 race riots August, 1900: select newspaper articles more 1900 newspaper coverage Atlanta, Georgia 1906 race riot 1906 newspaper coverage E. W. Evans oral history transcript Atlanta riot recollections Letter from Francis Jackson Garrison to Booker T. Washington concerning the Atlanta Riot October 7, 1906 Mary White Ovington covered the Atlanta riot Journalist Ray Stannard Baker after … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Jazz Music

Jazz audio recordings Jazz webcasts and performance videos Jazz image set Gottlieb jazz photos on Flickr "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free" images & score Jazz sheet music Jazz life histories Jazz Chicago 1 Jazz Chicago 2 Jazz Chicago style Jazz magazine clippings from the William P. Gottlieb collection Historic newspaper coverage: jazz (through 1922) More jazz texts Joslyn Art Museum: Jazz on the Green A Local Legacy "The Faces of Jazz" … [Read more...]