March 26, 2017

Primary Source Learning: History Assessments of Thinking

Is the painting above by J.L.G Ferris—The First Thanksgiving 1621—a useful resource for historians who wish to understand the relationship between the Wampanoag Indians and the Pilgrim settlers in 1621? This is the question asked by Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) consortium member Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) in one of their Beyond the Bubble History Assessments of Thinking (HATs). Beyond the Bubble uses Library of Congress primary sources in "easy-to-use … [Read more...]

Today in History: Thanksgiving

Today in History–November 25–the Library of Congress features Thanksgiving, celebrated by the pilgrims as early as 1621 to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. According to the Library, "Throughout the colonial period and into the 19th century, official days of feasting and fasting commemorated periods of good and poor fortune." In 1789, George Washington made the first national Thanksgiving Day proclamation. Seventy-four years later, in 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving … [Read more...]