March 25, 2017

NHD 2017: Taking a Stand – U.S. History Topic Ideas

These curated resource lists coincide with the order of the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2017 theme sample topics list. Links lead to additional curated sets of resources. Note: historic newspaper coverage is from 1789-1922. Taking a Stand Against the British: The Reorganization of the Continental Army at Valley Forge Roger Williams’ Stand Against Exile: The Establishment of Rhode Island Thurgood Marshall: Taking a Stand in Court Against Segregation Collection Spotlight: Civil … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Indian Removal

These primary sources and teaching resources relate to the removal of Native Americans from their ancestral lands. Native Americans in U.S. history online presentation Native American Legal Struggles in Primary Sources Teaching with the Library of Congress blog November 4, 2014 Breaking the Bonds of People and Land: Native American Removal in the United States and Mexico streaming webcast Indian Removal, 1814-1858 PBS Indian removal: historic newspaper coverage … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Rats Leaving a Falling House

Zoom into a larger image of this political cartoon. Make a list of details that you see. Then describe the story you think this source tells using the details you noted as evidence. Compare and contrast this source with a similar political cartoon by Edward W. Clay (view larger image). What similarities and differences do you notice? Explain which cartoon you think tells a better story. Review the bibliographic record for the featured cartoon, paying close attention to the curator … [Read more...]

NHD 2015: Leadership & Legacy Topic Ideas – The 1800s

Every year National History Day puts together a list of sample topic ideas. TPS-Barat went through that list and selected a subset of those topic ideas to create curated collections highlighting Library of Congress resources. All topic ideas are related to the 2015 NHD theme: Leadership & Legacy in History but the set below focuses on themes related to the 1800s. Links to more NHD follow this resource list. The Bloodless Revolution of 1800: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and the Legacy of … [Read more...]

Today in History: Nullification Crisis

Today in History–January 13–the Library of Congress features the Nullification Crisis. On this date in 1833, President Andrew Jackson wrote his new president Vice President Martin Van Buren affirming his commitment to preventing South Carolina's defiance of federal authority by nullifying national tariff laws. The Nullification Crisis began in November, 1832 when South Carolina nullified a federal tariff. On December 10, 1832 Jackson issued a proclamation promising to uphold the federal tariff … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Destruction of the Snake of South Carolina

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Today in History: Battle of New Orleans

Today in History–January 8–the Library of Congress features the Battle of New Orleans. On this day in 1815 a small, rag-tag U.S. force claimed victory against 8,000 British troops. Although the battle had little significance—it occurred after the War of 1812 had ended—it made Major General Andrew Jackson a national hero. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary sources. War of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans from America's … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Indian Territory Resettlement

In his article, "Thinking Like an Historian", from the TPS Quarterly archive (now the TPS Journal), Sam Wineburg points out how many students' view of history—memorization—diverges from that of historians—investigation—and offers advice for using primary sources to engage students in the "historical approach". Doing so will help students make more authentic and lasting connections to important historical themes and events as well as give them practice in key Common Core State Standards in … [Read more...]

Today in History: Andrew Jackson

Today in History–August 9–the Library of Congress features Andrew Jackson, who signed the Treaty of Fort Jackson that ended the Creek War on this day in 1814. Jackson had a successful military career, and also served as a U.S. Representative, Senator, Tennessee Supreme Court Justice, and the seventh President of the United States. Learn more about this fiery leader by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more resources and primary sources. *NOTE: The image … [Read more...]