July 24, 2014

State Spotlight: South Carolina

Chicora the original name of Carolina

South Carolina stories from America’s Library South Carolina primary source set South Carolina maps South Carolina books & articles South Carolina historical newspapers South Carolina sheet music South Carolina oral histories, songs & dialect recordings South Carolina WPA life histories South Carolina images South Carolina legislation South Carolina Guide to Law Online Today in History: Charleston, South Carolina More U.S. state primary source … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Alaska

Prince William Sound, Alaska

Alaska stories from America's Library Alaska primary source set Alaska maps Alaska images Alaska books Alaska reports & other texts Alaska sheet music Alaska songs Veteran oral histories: Alaska service Alaska films Alaska legislation Alaska Guide to Law Online Alaska Purchase primary source collections & teaching resources Iditarod primary source collection Harriman Alaska Expedition: Chronicles & Souvenirs May to August … [Read more...]

Today in History: Yosemite

Yosemite Valley as seen from Discovery View

Today in History–June 30–the Library of Congress features Yosemite. On this day in 1865 President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Valley Grant Act, giving the valley and nearby Mariposa Big Tree Grove to California "upon the express conditions that the premises shall be held for public use, resort, and recreation." The area became a top tourist destination but towards the end of the century, there was support to return Yosemite to the federal government. In 1890, Yosemite National Park was … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: James Buchanan

Grand national inauguration ball

James Buchanan inauguration primary source set James Buchanan speeches Inaugural address March 4, 1857 First annual message to Congress December 8, 1857 Second annual message to Congress December 6, 1858 Third annual message to Congress December 19, 1859 Fourth annual message to Congress December 3, 1860 James Buchanan sheet music Buchanan galop Buchanan schottisch, op. 30 A national song Welcome Buchanan! Wheatland march Wheatland polka Wheatland … [Read more...]

Today in History: Texas Annexation

Texas coming in

Today in History–June 23–the Library of Congress features the vote for annexation of Texas by the United States on this date in 1845. Texas had tried for statehood back in 1836 after gaining independence from Mexico but the U.S. Congress was unwilling to admit another state that permitted slavery. But by December 29, 1845, Texas became the twenty-eighth state in the Union. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary resources about the … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Canada

O Canada!

Canada primary sources from the World Digital Library Canada maps Books & other texts about Canada Reports & correspondence related to Canada Canada historic newspaper coverage The Nineteenth Century in Print: Periodicals enter Canada in the search descriptive information box to access 100 periodical articles Canada image set Canada/Canadian images from American Memory Historic films featuring Canada Canada/Canadian song recordings Canada/Canadian sheet … [Read more...]

Today in History: Princeton University

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY STUDENTS WITH WOODROW WILSON

Today in History–June 9–the Library of Congress features Princeton University. On this date in 1902, alumnus Woodrow Wilson was unanimously elected university president after more than a decade as a respected teaching scholar. During his tenure, Wilson instituted a system of core requirements followed by two years of specialized concentration. After Princeton, Wilson served one term as governor of New Jersey and two as president of the United States. Learn more about Wilson's career and this … [Read more...]

Today in History: Tennessee Secedes

Lookout Mountain, Tennessee: and the Chattanooga Rail Road

Today in History–June 8–the Library of Congress features Tennessee, which voted in favor of secession by two-to-one on this date in 1861. Tennessee resident and future president Andrew Johnson broke with his party over this issue. Find out more about about this era by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access thousands of Tennessee state primary sources from the Library. Tennessee stories from America's Library Tennessee primary source set Tennessee … [Read more...]

Today in History: Fort Necessity & the French and Indian War

Grape shot found near Fort Necessity

Today in History–June 4–the Library of Congress features Fort Necessity near Uniontown, Pennsylvania. On this date in 1754, the young Colonel George Washington were hard at work constructing the makeshift stronghold to protect themselves from French aggression. Less than a month later, however, Washington and his troops were surrounded and forced to surrender to French troops on July 3, 1754. This military action marked the beginning of the French and Indian War, during which Great Britain and … [Read more...]

Today in History: Montana

See America Welcome to Montana

Today in History–May 26–the Library of Congress features Montana, which first became a territory on this date in 1864 approximately four years after gold was discovered. Twenty-five years later, in 1889, Montana became the forty-first state. Numerous Native American tribes called Montana home and many still do. Learn more about big sky country by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary source treasures related to this mountainous … [Read more...]