May 29, 2017

Featured Source: Dedication by Robert Frost

Above is the first page of Robert Frost's poem "Dedication" with his handwritten edits. First read the final version of this poem. How does this poem make you feel? Why do you think Frost might have written this poem? Who do you think was the audience for the poem? Include specific examples from the poem in your responses. Referring back to the final version, write a brief summary of the content of this poem and its main theme. Then review the complete poem with Frost's handwritten edits. … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon B. Johnson oath of office Nov. 22, 1963 image and audio file Lyndon B. Johnson inauguration primary source set Jan. 20, 1965 Vice President Johnson Was Assigned the Task of Unifying the U.S. Satellite Programs Jun. 24, 1961 from America's Library Retreat from Armageddon? Khrushchev, Kennedy, Johnson and the Elusive Quest for Peace webcast Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Laws That Changed America webcast Master of the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Civil Rights

Teaching resources NAACP primary source set with teacher guide Baseball, Race Relations and Jackie Robinson Baseball, Race and Ethnicity: Rounding the Bases Learning from the Source: I Have a Dream Image Sequencing Civil Rights Act of 1964 educator webinar recording The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom Idea Book for Educators Teaching with the Library of Congress civil rights blog posts The Civil Rights History Project: Primary Sources and Oral … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Cornell-Liberty Safety Car

Using a magnifying glass, can you decipher any of the notes? What safety features are recommended? Compare and contrast this illustration with the studies for the 1961 Avanti. What similarities do you notice? What differences do you see? Describe and explain safety features that you would recommend for a car today. What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Today in History: Frank Sinatra

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...]

Collection Spotlight: Civil Rights History Project

The Civil Rights History Project collection is a direct result of the 2009 Civil Rights History Project Act. This law mandated the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) to conduct a survey of existing civil rights oral-history collections and enhance these collections by recording new interviews with people who contributed to the movement. This collection features new oral histories focused on the recollections of previously … [Read more...]

Today in History: Fiddler Henry Reed

Today in History–April 28–the Library of Congress features musician Henry Reed, born on this date in 1884 in West Virginia. Reed was a master fiddler as well as banjo and harmonica player who learned most of the tunes he played by ear and had hundreds of songs committed to memory. He never played professionally but became well known after Duke University graduate students Karen and Alan Jabbour began to tape his fiddling. Find out more about this master musician by visiting the Today in … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Cartoonist Commentary-Vietnam War

U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War lasted more than a decade. Have students analyze political cartoons from the primary source sets below to consider different issues related to this war and how cartoonists' perspectives of U.S. involvement evolved over time. If students are not practiced at analyzing political cartoons, use the accompanying resources to help prepare and guide students in this type of primary source analysis. You may choose to have students analyze the cartoons twice, first … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Vietnam War

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...]

Primary Source Learning: Protest & Reform Primary Source Set

Have students use the primary sources in this set to tell a story about protest and reform in the United States. (For background information, check the bibliographic records for dates then review the relevant sections of the American Memory timeline.) Related primary source collections highlighted on the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus are linked to below. The story may be in digital or print form. It could be nonfiction, fiction, poetry, or even a song. Click on each thumbnail image below to … [Read more...]