June 18, 2018

Featured Source: Tariff Triumph of Pharaoh Wilson

Do some research on the Primary Source Nexus to find out who Wilson was. If you don't know what a Pharaoh is, do some research outside of the Primary Source Nexus to find out. Why do you think this political cartoon might have compared Wilson to a Pharaoh? Look up the definition of a tariff. Now zoom into a more detailed view of this cartoon. Look closely and try to figure out some of the symbols the cartoonist used. For help reading cartoons, click the links below. Analyzing Primary … [Read more...]

Today in History: Committee of Vigilance & Vigilantes

Today in History–May 15–the Library of Congress features San Francisco's second Committee of Vigilance organized on this day in 1856 to combat crime in the boomtown. Committee members were overwhelming Republicans and Democrat "crooks" were often the target of the vigilance. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources related to San Francisco's Vigilance committees and vigilantes from all over. Letter, California vigilante … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Martin Van Buren

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Today in History: Martin Van Buren

Today in History–December 5–the Library of Congress features Martin Van Buren, born on this date in 1782. Learn more about our nation’s 8th president (1837-41), also known as "The Little Magician" and the "Red Fox of Kinderhook" for his skill in political manipulation,  by visiting the Today in History section then click the links below to access more stories and primary sources about Martin Van Buren. Primary sources Martin Van Buren inauguration primary source set Martin Van Buren … [Read more...]

Featured Image: A Cleverer Crow

Pughe, J. S. "He won't let go. A cleverer crow than the bird of Aesop's fable." 1908 May 13. Summary: In 1908, William Jennings Bryan was recommended by party members as the Democratic presidential nominee. Although very popular in the south and the west, many eastern Democrats opposed his nomination, citing both his two previous losses (1896 and 1900) and his newly formed radical ideas as reasons. The cartoon appeared before the Denver nominating convention, at a time when Bryan was making it … [Read more...]