March 30, 2017

Analyzing Primary Sources: Identifying Bias in Presidential Election Newspaper Coverage

In a past Teaching with the Library of Congress blog post, Deborah Thomas, program manager for the National Digital Newspaper Program at the Library of Congress, discusses how to help students identify bias and attitude in newspaper articles related to the 1912 presidential election. National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) members can access Thomas's original article, which identifies four newspaper items she selected, from the November/December, 2015 issue of Social Education, the journal of … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Monopoly Brothers Supported by the Little Consumer

What is the setting of this political cartoon? What details in the source support your conclusion? How is the consumer depicted in this cartoon? How do the coal strikers compare to the trusts? What details in the source support your conclusions? Gov. Osborn is literally jumping on the "Taft bandwagon" in the cartoon. What does this detail suggest about this governor? Now read the bibliographic record. What more did you learn about the political situation in 1912 commented on in … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Evening Sky Map April, 1912

Check out a larger view of this map. Is this the view you would see from the northern or the southern hemisphere? How do you know? What were or will be the dates of the moon phases for April of this year? If you can, print out this map and follow the directions in the bottom, left corner. Do you see the same thing? Read the Stars of the Titanic blog post. Next, choose one primary source from this TPS-Barat curated Titanic primary source collection to analyze; use the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Progressive/Bull Moose Party

Today in History–June 22–the Library of Congress features the birth of the Progressive Party on this day in 1912. Led by Theodore Roosevelt, the Bull Moose Party promised to increase federal regulation and protect the welfare of ordinary citizens. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related resources. Bull Moose image set Bull Moose Trails (book, 1912) by Annie Hall Progressive Party image set Progressive Party National … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Goal!

Without knowing any background information, do you think this political cartoon is positive or negative? Why? Now do some research by following the links below. Who was running for office in 1908? Who was among the candidate's supporters? Theodore Roosevelt William Howard Taft Use the links above to discover what happened in the 1912 election. How might this political cartoon have changed given the circumstances in 1912? What other observations, reflections or questions does … [Read more...]