September 18, 2014

Today in History: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Character by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today in History–May 25–the Library of Congress features the philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, born on this day in 1803. A leader in the transcendentalist movement, Emerson embraced forward-looking social reforms including abolition, temperance, and woman suffrage. Learn more about this writer and poet by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access related resources. Books & articles by Ralph Waldo Emerson Books & articles about Ralph Waldo … [Read more...]

Today in History: Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder

Today in History–April 17–the Library of Congress features writer Thornton Wilder, born on this day in 1897. This lauded American writer produced award-winning (3 Pulitzer Prizes and 1 National Book Award) plays, novels, essays, and more. Find out more about this literary master by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access primary sources about Wilder and the theater. Thornton Wilder image set Exhibition items: Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-prize winning … [Read more...]

Today in History: John Burroughs

John Burroughs, author and naturalist, full-length portrait, standing, facing front, outside his home

Today in History–April 3–the Library of Congress features writer and naturalist John Burroughs, born on this day in 1837. Learn more about this contemporary of John Muir and Henry David Thoreau by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access images and some of his writings and photographs as well as more environment and conservation teaching resources and primary sources from the Library. Winter sunshine by John Burroughs (1876) "In Warbler Time" by John … [Read more...]

Today in History: Benjamin Franklin

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: Alice Paul

Alice Paul, full-length portrait, standing, facing left, raising glass with right hand

Today in History–January 11–the Library of Congress features suffragist leader Alice Paul, born on this date in 1885. Learn more about the National Woman's Party by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more resources about Alice Paul and the woman suffrage movement. Alice Paul images from American Memory More Alice Paul images Alice Paul books & articles Alice Paul correspondence & essay Alice Paul legislation Alice Paul … [Read more...]