October 15, 2018

Today in History: Haiti

Today in History–January 2–the Library of Congress features Haiti. On this date in 1893 Frederick Douglass, who once served as U.S. minister to this caribbean country, delivered an address at the dedication of the Haitian Pavilion at the World’s Columbian Exposition. Learn more Douglass' speech and the country by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary and secondary sources.Lecture on Haiti, Frederick Douglass, January 2, 1893Frederick … [Read more...]

NHD 2016: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange Topic Ideas Part III

These curated resource lists coincide with the order of the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2016 theme sample topics list. Note: historic newspaper coverage is from 1836-1922.Nelson Mandela’s Encounters with ApartheidNelson Mandela primary source set The Inspiring Story of Nelson Mandela In Custodia Legis blog July 18, 2011 Nelson Mandela Day – July 18  In Custodia Legis blog July 18, 2013 The Death of Nelson Mandela December 5, 2013 Library of Congress Places in the News Nelson … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Perspectives on U.S. Expansion

At the turn of the 20th century Admiral George Dewey, Pacific naval commander, became a veritable American hero for his role in the Spanish-American war. While United States foreign policy was focused on global expansion, not everyone believed it was a good idea. The Philippines, certainly, were not keen on U.S. imperialism and continued to fight for control of the country until 1902 (Spain "awarded" the Philippines to the United States for $20 million under the 1898 Treaty of Paris). Use the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Nicaragua

Today in History–January 2–the Library of Congress features the central American country of Nicaragua. On this date in 1933 the United States Marine Corps withdrew from Nicaragua after maintaining a presence there for more than 20 years. Learn some more about this U.S.-Nicaraguan connection by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary sources.Nicaragua country study (history, culture, industry, and more)Nicaragua country profile … [Read more...]

Today in History: James Madison

Today in History–March 16–the Library of Congress features James Madison, born on this day in 1751. (Actually, he was born on March 5 under the Julian calendar but when Great Britain and its colonies switched to the Gregorian calendar in 1752 his birthday, along with everyone else's, was shifted 11 days forward.) Learn more about the man known as the "Father of the Constitution" by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more stories and primary sources about … [Read more...]

Today in History: James Monroe

Today in History–October 17–the Library of Congress features James Monroe, who wrote wrote a letter on this date in 1823 to friend and former president Thomas Jefferson seeking advice on foreign policy. Both Jefferson and  James Madison, another former president, advised Monroe to join with Great Britain in a declaration warning other European nations not to intervene in the affairs of Central and South America. Monroe, however, took the advice of his secretary of state, John Quincy Adams, and … [Read more...]