November 25, 2017

Primary Source Spotlight: Gabriela Mistral

Gabriela Mistral was born as Lucila Godoy Alcayaga in Vicuña, Chile in 1889. She is the author of over twelve books of poetry and was the first Hispanic writer awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Mistral also worked as an educator and a diplomat. Learn more about this passionate poet by investigating the resources below. Gabriela Mistral reading her poetry at the Library of Congress 1950 Oración de la Maestra by Gabriela Mistral La Revista de Taos. (Taos, Nuevo México), 21 Oct. … [Read more...]

Today in History: James Weldon Johnson

Today in History–June 17–the Library of Congress features James Weldon Johnson, born on this day in 1871. Johnson went on to become a poet, songwriter, diplomat, and chief organizer for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Find out more about this multi-talented man by visiting the Today in History section and then clicking the links below. Song recordings lyrics by James Weldon Johnson Sheet music lyrics by James Weldon Johnson James Weldon Johnson image … [Read more...]

Today in History: Benjamin Franklin

Today in History–January 17–the Library of Congress features innovative leader Benjamin Franklin, born on this date in 1706. Learn more about this fascinating self-educated man who was a printer, writer, scientist, and statesman by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more resources about Ben Franklin. Ben Franklin stories from America's Library Ben Franklin biographical essay Benjamin Franklin: In His Own Words (online exhibition) Benjamin … [Read more...]

Today in History: Ralph Bunche

Today in History–December 9–the Library of Congress features Nobel Peace Prize winner Ralph Bunche, who died on this date in 1971. This trailblazing U.S. diplomat took over as mediator of the Palestine mission in 1948 and successfully negotiated an end to the first Arab-Israeli War the following year. In addition to his work with the United Nations, Bunche served as a board member for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for 22 years. Learn more about this … [Read more...]