October 24, 2017

NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise Topic Ideas: U.S. History Early 20th Century

These curated resource lists coincide with the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise theme sample topics list. The links lead to resources accessed from the Library of Congress (LOC.gov) unless otherwise noted. Note: U.S. historic newspaper coverage is from 1789-1924 unless otherwise noted. Dollar Diplomacy: Ending Conflicts Through Economic Investment United States and Latin America: Dollar Diplomacy 1912 Distant Neighbors: The U.S. and the Mexican Revolution … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Transportation

Teaching resources Around the World in 1896 How Transportation Transformed America: Going to Market Abraham Lincoln Primary Source Activity Book: transportation page What Do Trains Do? Exploring Local History through Maps Featured Sources: guided primary source analysis activities An airship with a “Jim Crow” trailer The Alaska Line C&O Canal, Georgetown D.C. Charles Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St Louis” Airplane Cornell-Liberty Safety Car Steam engine, cam ring & … [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: Henry Ford

Today in History–July 30–the Library of Congress features automobile magnate Henry Ford, born on this date in 1863 in Dearborn, Michigan. When incorporating his company in 1903, Ford proclaimed, "I will build a car for the great multitude." Ford made good on that proclamation, selling more than 15 million Model T cars in the United States alone.  Learn more about the man who revolutionized the manufacturing industry by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to learn … [Read more...]

Today in History: Raymond Loewy

Today in History–March 22–the Library of Congress features industrial designer Raymond Loewy, who presented his designs for a sleek roadster he called the Avanti to the Studebaker Corporation on this day in 1961. Loewy designed cars for other companies too as well as locomotives and a wide assortment of both industrial and consumer products. Learn more about "father of industrial design" by visiting the Today in History section, then take a look at this Exxon company logo and the sources … [Read more...]

Today in History: First American Automobile Race

Today in History–November 28–the Library of Congress features the first American automobile race, run on this day in 1895. Inventor J. Frank Duryea, battled snow and breakdowns to win the 54-mile race from Chicago's Jackson Park to Evanston, Illinois in just over 10 hours. Learn more about early automobiles and the sport of auto racing by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more resources from across the Library. For a race map and photos of the top two … [Read more...]