May 6, 2015

Today in History: Charles Darwin & Teaching Evolution

Darwin

Today in History–May 5–the Library of Congress features the controversy surrounding teaching Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. On this date in 1925 John Scopes was arrested for teaching evolution in a Tennessee public  high schools. Originally conceived as both a test case and a publicity stunt, Scopes went to trial and was found guilty. Later, the Tennessee Supreme Court acquitted Scopes but upheld the law prohibiting the teaching of evolution. Learn more about this infamous trial by … [Read more...]

Today in History: Manhattan Island

New York: a birdseye view from the harbor, showing Manhattan Island in its surroundings

Today in History–May 4–the Library of Congress features Manhattan Island. On this date in 1626, Dutch colonist Peter Minuit arrived on the wooded island at the behest of the Dutch West India Company. Minuit later "purchased" the island from resident Algonquin Indians for the equivalent of $24.  The town of New Amsterdam, located at the southern end of the island, was renamed New York City after it was seized by the British in 1664. Find out more about Manhattan Island by visiting the Today in … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith

This is My Story: Getting to Know Patricia Smith From the Catbird Seat blog February 9, 2015 Patricia Smith's "Words That Force Us to Look" From the Catbird Seat April 22, 2013 Library Awards Patricia Smith the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry December 22, 2014 Patricia Smith Bookfest bio Patricia Smith: 2009 National Book Festival webcast Necessary Utterance: Poetry as Cultural Force 2013/05/01 webcast Patricia Smith from the Poetry Foundation Patricia Smith from Modern … [Read more...]

Today in History: Billy Bitzer & the Biograph Company

Billy Bitzer seated at movie projector

Today in History–April 28–the Library of Congress features Billy Bitzer, who on this date in 1899, filmed the short comedy Stealing a Dinner for the American Mutoscope & Biograph Company. Bitzer was a great pioneer of early film and shot thousands of movies, including the infamous The Birth of a Nation. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to view some of these early films and more related resources. "Billy" Bitzer films Stealing a … [Read more...]

Today in History: World Transportation Commission

WTC

Today in History–April 27–the Library of Congress features the World Transportation Commission (WTC). On this date in 1895, Harper's Weekly carried a story on theWTC's visit to Ceylon, now called Sri Lanka. The WTC was organized by a railroad publicist to find out more about international railroads and other foreign transportation systems. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more related primary sources. "Around the World with the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Rachel Carson

Carson testifying

Rachel Carson was a trained biologist and a best-selling author. In her writing, Carson presented scientific facts from an ecological perspective in a poetic writing style. She made science interesting and understandable to regular people. She was best known for her books Silent Spring and The Sea Around Us. Her writing about ecology and the dangers of pesticides was essential to the start of the environmental movement. Rachel Carson stories from America's Library Ecology for … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Robert Frost

Christmas Greetings from Robert Frost From the Catbird Seat December 24, 2014 First Drafts: Poem for a President Library of Congress blog January 29, 2013 Stay Gold: Robert Frost and First Poems From the Catbird Seat June 5, 2013 Robert Frost Reads Poem at JFK's Inauguration January 20, 1961 from America's Library "Dedication" Robert Frost's Presidential Inaugural Poem typescript with Frost's holograph script corrections in ink The Poetry of Robert Frost: "Dedication" Featured … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Wales

Llanrwst, Wales

The Story of the Nations: Wales 1902 More books, articles and other texts about Wales Charles D. Cleveland to Abraham Lincoln, Thursday, February 05, 1863 (Sends sermon from Wales) Wales image set Sheet music related to Wales U.S. veteran oral histories (service in Wales) Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection interviews mentioning Wales U.S. historical newspaper coverage of Wales through 1922 Webcasts related to Wales Guide to Law Online: England and Wales Global … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Vachel Lindsay

Nicholas Vachel Lindsay

Books by Vachel Lindsay Adventures while preaching the gospel of beauty  c. 1914 A handy guide for beggars, especially those of the poetic fraternity 1916 The golden book of Springfield 1920 "General William Booth enters into Heaven" lyrics by Vachel Lindsay (video of song performance) Vachel Lindsay historic newspaper coverage through 1922 Vachel Lindsay images Illinois Digital Archives Vachel Lindsay bio and correspondence with Sara Teasdale Vachel Lindsay … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Cricket

cricket

It's Just Not Cricket! In Custodia Legis: Law Librarians of Congress March 30, 2015 Cricket image set Oral histories mentioning cricket from the Frontline diplomacy: U.S. foreign affairs oral history collection International Cricket Fête 1872 International Cricket Guide 1891 More books related to Cricket … [Read more...]