April 19, 2014

State Spotlight: Massachusetts

Massachusetts: Frederick Douglass

Massachusetts stories from America’s Library Massachusetts primary source set Massachusetts maps Pictorial Americana: Selected images of Massachusetts More Massachusetts images Featured Image: Massachusetts Did It Photographs of the sea floor of western Massachusetts Bay July 1999 Massachusetts historic films Massachusetts oral histories Massachusetts song recordings Whaling song Young Johhny Massachusetts sheet music & song sheets Massachusetts books … [Read more...]

City Spotlight: Boston

Indexed map of Boston

Boston maps Boston image set from American Memory More Boston images Canoeing on the Charles River, Boston, Mass 1904 film TR attends his son Archie's wedding at Boston 1917 Boston books & articles Boston correspondence, reports, printed ephemera & other texts Boston sheet music "The Boston Burglar" song lyrics Boston songs (audio recordings) Boston legislation … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: New York

Sunnyside--on the Hudson

New York stories from America’s Library New York primary source set New York state maps Greater New York Illustrated (1899) Pictorial Americana: Selected images of New York state New York state images from American Memory More New York state images New York state books & articles New York historic newspapers New York state reports, printed ephemera, correspondence & other texts New York state sheet music New York state oral histories & … [Read more...]

Today in History: St. Patrick’s Day

Erin is calling

Today in History–March 17–the Library of Congress features St. Patrick's Day. This Irish and Irish-American holiday commemorates the death of the patron saint of Ireland who, as legend has it, died on this date circa 492. The holiday has been celebrated in the United States since the 18th century. Across the country today, many people celebrate with parades and by wearing the color green. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to uncover St. Patrick's … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Harriet Tubman

Moses of her people - San Francisco Call

From America's Library Born: c. 1820, Dorchester County, Maryland Died: March 10, 1913, Auburn, New York Harriet Tubman was a runaway slave from Maryland who became known as the "Moses of her people." Over the course of 10 years, and at great personal risk, she led hundreds of slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad, a secret network of safe houses where runaway slaves could stay on their journey north to freedom. She later became a leader in the abolitionist movement, and during … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Iran

King of Persia/Shah of Iran

Iran primary source set, World Digital Library Iran maps Iran image set Persia image set Featured Image: The Book of Kings Books & articles about Iran Films & webcasts related to Iran Persia; Concert polka (sheet music) U.S. veteran oral histories (service in Iran, mainly World War II) Oral histories mentioning Iran from the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training Historical newspaper coverage of … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Ethiopia country profile Ethiopia country study Ethiopia primary source set from the World Digital Library Ethiopia maps Ethiopia images Books about Ethiopia Ethiopia historical newspaper coverage Articles & other texts Ethiopian Emperors and Slavery (In Custodias Legis blog post, January 31, 2012) Abolition of Slavery in Ethiopia (In Custodias Legis blog post, February 14, 2012) Through the lands of King of Kings : Ethiopia and Abyssinia (1928 lecture … [Read more...]

Today in History: Carl Schurz

Speech of Hon. Carl Schurz, of Missouri at Indianapolis, Indiana, July 20, 1880

Today in History–October 29–the Library of Congress features journalist and politician Carl Schurz. On this date in 1855, the recent German immigrant wrote his wife, Margarethe Meyer Schurz, about his hope for their future in America. Exactly five years later Schurz sent his wife another letter, this time from Abraham Lincoln’s presidential campaign trail. Schurz served as a U.S. senator and worked with several presidents, most notably as secretary of the interior under Rutherford B. Hayes. In … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Kentucky

We'll have a jubilee in my old Kentucky Home

Kentucky stories from America’s Library Fighting (Civil War ) for Kentucky Today in History: October 8 Kentucky primary source set Kentucky image set from American Memory More Kentucky images Kentucky maps Kentucky books, articles & personal narratives Kentucky oral histories Kentucky historical newspapers Kentucky historical periodicals Kentucky sheet music Kentucky songs (streaming audio) Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers (streaming … [Read more...]

Today in History: Impeachment

U. S. Senate. Impeachment of the President Admit the bearer April 1 1868

Today in History–May 16–the Library of Congress features presidential impeachments. On this day in 1868, the U.S. Senate failed by one vote to convict President Andrew Johnson of "high crimes and misdemeanors," under the eleventh article of impeachment.  The second trial of a U.S. president—President Bill Clinton—on articles of impeachment occurred in January and February of 1999. Learn more about these presidential impeachment trials by visiting the Today in History section, then click the … [Read more...]