September 24, 2017

Learning from the Source: Perceptions & Roles of American Women

Enduring understanding Time, place, and culture influence our perspectives on people and issues. Essential question How have perceptions of women in America and their roles in society evolved over time? Lesson prep Review and read all primary sources. Prepare primary sources for online or paper analysis. Have packs of sticky notes (three different colors) available. Lesson plan Divide students into three or six groups and instruct each group complete one of the … [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...]

Finding Resources: America’s Library

America's Library is filled with stories about the history and culture of the United States, richly embellished with all types of primary sources. The website is a great way to introduce younger students and lower level readers to the Library of Congress and primary sources. You can access America's Library by clicking the Kids & Families link, found in the main, center section—Collection Highlights—of the Library website homepage under the Especially for header. On the Kids … [Read more...]

Today in History: William Penn

Today in History–October 14–the Library of Congress features the religious and social reformer William Penn, born on this day in 1644.  Having no luck in his campaign for religious freedom for Quakers and others in England, Penn received an American land grant in payment of a debt owed his father. He named the colony Pennsylvania in honor of his father, promising freedom of worship for all settlers. Many of Penn's ideas helped lay the groundwork for the future United States. Learn more about … [Read more...]

Featured Image: President Obama’s 2013 Inauguration Address

    Image powered by Wordle™: View image online at Wordle.net Text: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/21/inaugural-address-president-barack-obama President Barack Obama works on his inaugural address with Jon Favreau, Director of Speechwriting, not pictured, in the Oval Office Jan. 16, 2013 Featured Image: President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address   … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Bank note explorer vignettes

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Today in History: John James Audubon

Today in History–January 27–the Library of Congress features John James Audubon, who died on this date in 1851. Audubon was a naturalist and artist, earning fame for his drawings and paintings of North American birds. Learn more about the namesake of the National Audubon Society by visiting the Today in History section then click the links below to access more related primary sources. John James Audubon primary source set Select Audubon Birds of America drawings More Audubon … [Read more...]

Featured Image: President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address

Image powered by Wordle™: View image online at Wordle.net Text: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/01/25/remarks-president-state-union-address … [Read more...]

Today in History: Puerto Rico

Today in History–October 18–the Library of Congress features Puerto Rico. On this date in 1898, American troops fighting in the Spanish-American War raised the United States flag in Puerto Rico formalizing U.S. control of this former Spanish colony. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section then click the links below to access more primary sources about this current U.S. commonwealth. Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War primary source collection Puerto Rico at the Dawn of … [Read more...]