March 23, 2017

Primary Source Learning: African American History & Culture

Primary Source sets with teacher guides Baseball: Across a Divided Society Harlem Renaissance Jim Crow in America The NAACP: A Century in the Fight for Freedom Featured Source guided primary source analysis activities Afro-American Monument An airship with a “Jim Crow” trailer Condition of the descendants of former African slaves The constitutional amendment Jesse Owens President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address Tree of Liberty Woman … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Women in Baseball

Use this primary source set of women in baseball to have students examine cultural attitudes of American women from the late 1800s through the 1920s. You might start with having students complete a gallery walk with the images. After, you might have them analyze the song lyrics and read various newspaper articles (be sure to have them read about the newspaper as well; to do so, click on the newspaper name). Next, you might challenge students to put the images in chronological order. Then you … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Baseball

Baseball: Across a Divided Society (primary source set) Baseball, Race and Ethnicity: Rounding the Bases Baseball, Race Relations and Jackie Robinson Black Diamond! Satchel Page and the Negro Baseball Leagues Past and Present: Using Baseball Statistics to Teach Math (student worksheet) Tinkers to Evers to Chance Collection Connections: Baseball Cards Collection Connections: Jackie Robinson Recreation Yesterday and Today Twentieth Century Entertainment: When Work is … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs historic image set Wrigley Field historic image set World Series of 1908 historic newspaper coverage Cubs Capture Place in Finals of Grand Grapple for Title, The Washington Times (Washington, D.C.), October 9, 1908, Last Edition, Page 10, Image 10, Cols. 1-5. Cubs Look Like Better Team than the Detroit Tigers, The Evening World (New York, NY), October 10, 1908, Final Results Edition, Image 7, Cols. 1-8. Detroit Wins Third Game, Deseret Evening News (Great Salt Lake … [Read more...]

Today in History: Walter Johnson

Today in History–December 10–the Library of Congress features baseball player Walter Johnson, who died on this day in 1946. Johnson played 21 seasons with the Washington Senators and later became the team's manager. Nicknamed "The Big Train", Johnson is considered to have one of the best fastball pitchers ever. His accomplishments include the following: scored more shutout victories (110) than any other major league pitcher; set a record in 1913 pitching most consecutive scoreless innings—56 … [Read more...]

Featured Image: The Young “Punk” a Baseball Player

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Today in History: World Series

Today in History–October 1–the Library of Congress features American baseball's first World Series, the first game of which was played on this day in 1903. The best-of-nine series matched the American League's Boston Americans (soon to be Boston Red Sox) against the National League's Pittsburgh Pirates, with Boston winning the series 5 games to 3. The National League bowed out in 1904 but the series resumed in 1905. The World Series was then played yearly until 1994, when a players strike ended … [Read more...]

Today in History: Amos Alonzo Stagg

Today in History–September 16–the Library of Congress features college football coach Amos Alonzo Stagg, who announced his retirement at the age of 98 on this day in 1960. Stagg played football and baseball for Yale University before beginning his college coaching career, which included those two sports as well as basketball and track.  Visit the Today in History section to learn about the many football innovations devised by this University of Chicago coach, then click the links below to access … [Read more...]

Today in History: Jim Thorpe

Today in History–May 28–the Library of Congress features athlete Jim Thorpe, born on this day in 1888 in Indian Territory which is now Oklahoma. A double gold medalist (decathlon and pentathlon) at the 1912 Olympics and played baseball and football professionally. Learn more about the ups and downs of the man dubbed the "athlete of the century" by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources related to Jim Thorpe. Jim Thorpe image set Jim … [Read more...]