October 20, 2018

World Spotlight: Great Britain & the United Kingdom

Great Britain—England, Scotland, and Wales—was established in 1707. Around a century later, together Great Britain and Ireland formed the United Kingdom though, today, only Northern Ireland remains part of the UK. The Library of Congress uses Great Britain in both descriptive and subject cataloging as the conventional form for the United Kingdom. Learning about Great Britain can help students better understand the foundations of U.S. culture and government.Great BritainJohn Bull and … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Alexander Hamilton

Today in History: Alexander Hamilton background information & select primary sourcesAlexander Hamilton Papers collectionAlexander Hamilton primary source set & teacher's guideAlexander Hamilton image setAlexander Hamilton items in the Creating the United States online exhibitionReport of the Committee of Detail with annotations by Alexander Hamilton Report of the Committee of Style with annotations by Alexander Hamilton A Champion to Challenge Alexander … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Brazil

Brazil: Places in the NewsBrazil country studyCountry profile: Brazil BBCBrazil timeline BBCCapoeira: From Crime to Culture In Custodia Legis blog October 9, 2012Brazil primary source set from the World Digital LibraryBrazil imagesBrazil mapsBrazil literary recordingsBrazilian song recordingsBrazilian sheet musicBrazil books and documentsU.S. historical newspaper articles mentioning BrazilService in Brazil: U.S. veteran oral … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Chile

Chile: Places in the NewsChile country studyCountry profile: Chile BBCChile timeline BBCChile primary source set from the World Digital LibraryChile imagesChile mapsCanción nacional chilena 1901-04-12 song recordingMañana Chilean danceChile literary recordingsChile books and documents (English & Spanish)U.S. historical newspaper articles mentioning Chile through 1922Service in Chile: U.S. veteran oral historiesForeign Affairs Oral History … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Argentina

Argentina primary source set from the World Digital LibraryArgentina imagesArgentina webcastsArgentina mapsArgentina songsArgentine literary recordingsArgentina books and documents (English & Spanish)U.S. historical newspaper articles mentioning Argentina through 1922Service in Argentina: U.S. veteran oral historiesForeign Affairs Oral History Collection interviews mentioning ArgentinaU.S. legislation related to ArgentinaGuide to Law Online: … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Panama

Panama country studyPanama timeline BBCPanama: Places in the NewsPanama primary source set from the World Digital LibraryPanama imagesPanama films & webcastsPanama mapsPanama songsPanama documents and booksU.S. historical newspaper articles mentioning Panama through 1922Service in Panama: U.S. veteran oral historiesForeign Affairs Oral History Collection interviews mentioning PanamaU.S. legislation related to PanamaGuide to Law Online: … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Navajo

Navajo image setMore Navajo imagesNavajo books, reports & other documentsIndian (Navajo) Land Cessions in the U.S. 1784-1894Historical newspaper coverage: Navajo IndiansThe Navajo mentions in personal narrativesNavajo related oral history audio recordingsOral history stories of the Long WalkNavajo code talkers veterans oral historiesNavajo song and dance articleDineh Tah Navajo Dancers flyerDineh Tah Navajo Dancers video recordingU.S. … [Read more...]

City Spotlight: New Orleans

New Orleans at 300: The Crescent City's Tricentennial Inside Adams blog January 9, 2018Sheet Music Spotlight: New Orleans Turns 300 In The Muse October 4, 2018War of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans America's LibraryWinning the Battle of New Orleans January 8, 1815 America's LibraryThe Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Folklife Today blog January 8, 2015Mardi Gras Season in New Orleans America's Library local legacyHappy Mardi Gras! Inside Adams blogThe Supreme … [Read more...]

Selecting, Excerpting & Modifying Primary Sources

Have you ever wanted to use a primary source document with students but hesitated because you felt the struggle to comprehend the text would be the focus of the task rather than text analysis? In a TweetChat about teaching with primary sources, middle school social studies teacher Chris Heffernan (@cheffernan75) articulated the dilemma, "This has been a challenge in my building. Some say adapt & keep meaning. Others want them to experience original text. I'm torn."While some may say that … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Lynching

Please be sure to review all primary sources prior to introducing students to them. You may also wish to read Selecting Primary Sources That Deal with Difficult Issues.Lynching by Helen Douglass 1859 manuscript"Lynch Law in the South" by Frederick Douglass The North American Review Volume 155, Issue 428 July 1892Lynch Laws speech by Frederick DouglassThe facts in the case of the horrible murder of little Myrtle Vance c 1893Lessons of the Hour speech by Frederick Douglass, … [Read more...]