December 21, 2014

Primary Source Spotlight: George Westinghouse

Westinghouse Air Brake Co.

George Westinghouse & his companies George Westinghouse; his life and achievements 1918 The Inventor of the Air-Brake: George Westinghouse 1921 from Conquests of Invention Inside an American Factory: Films of the Westinghouse Works, 1904 George Westinghouse image set George Westinghouse historical newspaper coverage … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Gettysburg Address

Lincoln's address at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery

Today in History–November 19–the Library of Congress features the Gettysburg Address, delivered by Abraham Lincoln at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery on this date in 1863. Edward Everett, a well-known orator, delivered a two-hour speech. President Abraham Lincoln’s speech lasted only a few minutes. As the Library notes, "In spite of Lincoln's disclaimer that 'the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here,' his brief speech continues to resonate in the American … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Finland

The Russian cathedral and the harbor, Helsingfors, Russia, i.e., Helsinki, Finland

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Primary Source Spotlight: Astronomy

Planisphaerium coeleste : secundum restitutionem Hevelianam et Hallejanam

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Primary Source Spotlight: Abolition

A Plan for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery in the United States, without Danger or Loss to the Citizens of the South

Abolition newspapers Anti-Slavery Bugle (weekly) New-Lisbon, Ohio 1845-1861 The Examiner (weekly) Louisville, Kentucky 1847-1849 Primary source collections Abolition primary source set (American Memory collections) History of American Abolitionism 1861 More abolition books & articles Songs Related to the Abolition of Slavery Library of Congress article Abolition sheet music Abolition images Abolition webcasts John Brown primary source collections Frederick … [Read more...]

Today in History: San Diego, California

Portion of business section and harbor, San Diego, California

Today in History–September 28–the Library of Congress features San Diego, California. On this date in 1542 Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into San Diego Bay under the Spanish flag. Learn about the evolution of this southern California city by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary source treasures. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into San Diego Bay San Diego maps San Diego images San Diego song recording San … [Read more...]

Today in History: Nathan Hale

Mr. N.C. Goodwin and Miss Maxine Elliott in Nathan Hale by Clyde Fitch

Today in History–September 22–the Library of Congress features Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale, who was hanged for spying on British troops on this date in 1776. This teacher turned soldier is famous for the words he allegedly spoke before his execution, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." Find out more about patriot Nathan Hale by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related resources. Patriot Nathan Hale Was Hanged from … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Liberty Bell

The Human Liberty Bell

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Today in History: Captain John Smith

Statue of Captain John Smith on Jamestown Island

Today in History–September 10–the Library of Congress features Captain John Smith, who assumed the presidency of the Jamestown governing council on this date in 1608. Smith helped the colony to survive and thrive during its early years by fortifying the settlement, exploring and documenting the Chesapeake region, and establishing relations with area Native Americans. Learn more about this explorer, writer, and cartographer by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to … [Read more...]

Today in History: American Federation of Labor & Quarry Workers

At the Morse and Whitmore granite quarries in East Barre, Vermont

Today in History–September 08–the Library of Congress features the Quarry Workers’ International Union of North America, which was granted a charter by the American Federation of Labor (AFL) on this date in 1903. While granite had been mined around the area of Barre, Vermont for years, new waves of immigrants with a strong tradition of unionism arrived in the late 19th century. Find out more about quarries, the life of the miners in Vermont and elsewhere, and the AFL by visiting … [Read more...]