July 31, 2014

Presidential Spotlight: Chester A. Arthur

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The death of President Garfield--Judge Brady administering the Presidential oath to Vice-President Arthur Chester A. Arthur images & political cartoons Chester Arthur Papers webcast Chester A. Arthur books & other texts Historical newspaper coverage for President Arthur "Chester Alan Arthur" The Bay State Monthly Volume 1, Issue 5, May, 1884 Sheet music President Arthur's grand march by C. Carlberg President Arthur's grand march by A. H. Rosewig … [Read more...]

Today in History: Fourteenth Amendment

Mending the family kettle

Today in History–July 28–the Library of Congress features the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. On this date in 1868, Secretary of State William Seward issued a proclamation certifying the ratification of the amendment The 14th amendment granted citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States", including former slaves freed after the Civil War. Referred to as one of the "Reconstruction Amendments", this amendment also prohibits states … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: South Carolina

Chicora the original name of Carolina

South Carolina stories from America’s Library South Carolina primary source set South Carolina maps South Carolina books & articles South Carolina historical newspapers South Carolina sheet music South Carolina oral histories, songs & dialect recordings South Carolina WPA life histories South Carolina images South Carolina legislation South Carolina Guide to Law Online Today in History: Charleston, South Carolina More U.S. state primary source … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Religion

Religion

PSN primary source collections Today in History: Religious Freedom Today in  History: John Carroll, First Bishop of Baltimore Today in History: Cardinal James Gibbons Today in History: Anne Marbury Hutchinson Today in History: William Penn Today in History: Brigham Young & the Mormon Pioneers Today in History: Phyllis Wheatley American Memory Collections The American Colony in Jerusalem, 1870-2006 The Church in the Southern Black Community, 1780-1925 Early … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Transportation

Design sketch for T-1 Locomotive Pennsylvania Railroad

Teaching resources Around the World in 1896 How Transportation Transformed America: Going to Market Abraham Lincoln Primary Source Activity Book: transportation page Primary source sets Transportation image set Transportation maps Films & webcasts related to transportation Oral histories related to transportation Life history mentioning transportation Historical texts related to transportation Historical newspaper coverage: modes of transportation PSN curated … [Read more...]

Today in History: General John J. Pershing

General Pershing's Victory Visit to Philadelphia

Today in History–July 15–the Library of Congress features General John J. Pershing, who died on this date in 1948. Pershing received a hero's burial at Arlington National Cemetery, a fitting tribute to the only military leader since George Washington to earn the title General of the Armies of the United States. Find out more about this officer who led troops from the cavalry to World War I by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related … [Read more...]

Today in History: Frank Sinatra

Portrait of Frank Sinatra and Axel Stordahl

Today in History–July 13–the Library of Congress features Frank Sinatra, who made his recording debut on this day in 1939 with the Harry James band. After, Sinatra sang with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra before beginning his solo career. On his own, Sinatra became a teenage sensation but would later appeal to music and movie fans of multiple generations. Learn more about this talented artist by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary … [Read more...]

Today in History: Jelly Roll Morton

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Today in History–July 10–the Library of Congress features jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton, who died on this day in 1941. Born Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe in New Orleans, Louisiana, Morton billed himself as "Jelly Roll" while playing minstrel and vaudeville shows. In addition to jazz, Morton also played ragtime, blues and spirituals. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more jazz resources from the Library. Jelly Roll Morton from America's … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Alaska

Prince William Sound, Alaska

Alaska stories from America's Library Alaska primary source set Alaska maps Alaska images Alaska books Alaska reports & other texts Alaska sheet music Alaska songs Veteran oral histories: Alaska service Alaska films Alaska legislation Alaska Guide to Law Online Alaska Purchase primary source collections & teaching resources Iditarod primary source collection Harriman Alaska Expedition: Chronicles & Souvenirs May to August … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Great Seal of the United States

E pluribus unum

Images Great Seal of the United States Reverse of the great seal of the United States Detail of northwest medallion at base (Great Seal of the United States) - District of Columbia War Memorial Great Seal of The United States made with lace Pic of the Week: A Great Seal Inside Adams: Science, Technology & Business blog post April 29, 2011 Great seal of the U.S. embossing machine Affixes U.S. seal to all state documents Parade viewing stand with the Great Seal of the United … [Read more...]