December 18, 2014

Today in History: Sutro Baths & Cliff House

Beaches. Cliff House in San Francisco

Today in History–March 14–the Library of Congress features the official opening of the Sutro Baths on this date in 1896. The Sutro Baths was an extravagant public bathhouse just north of Cliff House, another popular San Francisco attraction also owned by a former city mayor, Adolph Sutro. Learn more about these baths by the sea by visiting the Today in History section, then following the links below. Sutro Baths from America's Library Sutro Baths image set Sutro Baths films Sutro … [Read more...]

Featured Image: The Gerry-mander

gerry-mander

Curator's note In 1812, Jeffersonian Republicans forced through the Massachusetts legislature a bill rearranging district lines to assure them an advantage in the upcoming senatorial elections. Although Governor Elbridge Gerry had only reluctantly signed the law, a Federalist editor is said to have exclaimed upon seeing the new district lines, "Salamander! Call it a Gerrymander." This cartoon-map first appeared in the Boston Gazette for March 26, 1812. … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Electrical phenomena

Diagrams of various electrical phenomena and title page of Experiments and observations on electricity

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Featured Image: Litteratura Iuris

title page of a book entitled Litteratura Iuris (Editio Secunda)

Learn more from In Custodia Legis: Law Librarians of Congress blog. … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation Poster

Today in History–February 8–the Library of Congress features the controversial silent film, The Birth of a Nation, which premiered on this day in 1915. Although the film advanced the art of cinema, it did so by telling a story with a skewed, racist vision of U.S. history. Protested by many, the film was ultimately a great commercial success. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section and then clicking the links below. The Birth of a Nation poster Perfect song; Love strain from … [Read more...]

Featured Source: L’Africana – L’Africaine Opera

L'Africana - L'Africaine Opera

Explain what you know about opera. Click the image above to access the digital book. Choose one opera and read the description. Summarize the story for a friend. Listen to one of the songs from the opera you selected. Listen to it once. Then fill out a sensory exploration chart as you listen to the recording again. What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Phrenological Delineation of His Character

Charles Julius Guiteau, the assassin. Being a copious and correct phrenological delineation of his character

Use the Primary Source Nexus search box to find out who was assassinated, or killed, by Charles Guiteau. Use a dictionary to discover what phrenology is. What three groups of people does Professor Otto say phrenology can surely help? Do you agree with the professor? Why or why not? Divide the characteristics listed in this source into positive and negative traits; use a dictionary to help you. What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Today in History: Progressive/Bull Moose Party

The call

Today in History–June 22–the Library of Congress features the birth of the Progressive Party on this day in 1912. Led by Theodore Roosevelt, the Bull Moose Party promised to increase federal regulation and protect the welfare of ordinary citizens. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related resources. Bull Moose image set Bull Moose Trails (book, 1912) by Annie Hall Progressive Party image set Progressive Party National … [Read more...]

Today in History: Uncle Sam & James Montgomery Flagg

Boys and girls! You can help your Uncle Sam win the war - save your quarters, buy War Savings Stamps

Today in History–June 18–the Library of Congress features Uncle Sam illustrator James Montgomery Flagg, born on this day in 1877. In addition to the iconic Uncle Sam, Flagg created dozens of posters supporting the war effort during World War I. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to Flagg and Uncle Sam. Uncle Sam: American Symbol, American Icon Teaching with the Library of Congress blog post July 1, … [Read more...]

Today in History: Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder

Today in History–April 17–the Library of Congress features writer Thornton Wilder, born on this day in 1897. This lauded American writer produced award-winning (3 Pulitzer Prizes and 1 National Book Award) plays, novels, essays, and more. Find out more about this literary master by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access primary sources about Wilder and the theater. Thornton Wilder image set Exhibition items: Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-prize winning … [Read more...]