May 27, 2017

Featured Source: The Kingdom of France

Zoom into the center section of this map of the kingdom of France. Look carefully at the details shown in the map. Then read the text on the map. What can you tell about France from your analysis? Why do you think the creator chose to represent France as a ship? Now review the bibliographic record. When was this map created? Does the date and any other information from the bibliographic record help you to better answer the first two questions? How? Now zoom into the full map. With your class … [Read more...]

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

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. Exploring the Nation: The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Today in History: B&O Railroad (background & primary source sets) An Encounter with Fanaticism: John Doyle Lee and the Arkansas Mountain Meadows Massacre Execution of John Doyle Lee before and after images History of the Mountain Meadows Massacre … [Read more...]

Today in History: Bastille Day & the French Revolution

Today in History–July 14–TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus features Bastille Day, which commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille in Paris, France on July 14, 1789. This action marked the beginning of the French Revolution. Find out more about these events by investigating a variety of primary and secondary sources linked to below. Opera Goes to the Bastille In the Muse blog July 14, 2011 Touring French History through Political … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: France

Country Profile: France Creating French Culture: Treasures from the Bibliothèque nationale de France online exhibition France in America bilingual digital library site France Allied with American Colonies February 6, 1778 from America's Library France primary source set World Digital Library France maps France image set French image set Films related to France France mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection French American life … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Origin of April Fool’s Day

For elementary & middle school students Read this newspaper article, then make a list of the countries mentioned that celebrate April Fool's Day and information about how they celebrate the day. Explain which story you found funniest or most interesting. Create an April Fool's Day poem using information from the article and your own experiences. For elementary & middle school students Read this newspaper article, then make a list of the countries mentioned that celebrate … [Read more...]

Today in History: Fort Necessity & the French and Indian War

Today in History–June 4–the Library of Congress features Fort Necessity near Uniontown, Pennsylvania. On this date in 1754, the young Colonel George Washington and his troops were hard at work constructing the makeshift stronghold to protect themselves from French aggression. Less than a month later, however, Washington and his troops were surrounded and forced to surrender to French troops on July 3, 1754. This military action marked the beginning of the French and Indian War, during … [Read more...]

Today in History: Cinco de Mayo

Today in History–May 5–the Library of Congress features Cinco de Mayo, celebrating May 5, 1862, when Mexican troops successfully defended the town of Puebla against French forces. In the spring of 1863, the city was recaptured by the French and a European was crowned Emperor of Mexico. Emperor Maximillian remained in power until 1867 when Napoleon III withdrew troops and abandoned Mexico. Today, Cinco de Mayo is a national holiday in Mexico and is marked as a celebration of Mexican culture in … [Read more...]

Today in History: Saint-Mihiel Offensive

Today in History–September 12–the Library of Congress features the Saint-Mihiel offensive, launched in France on this day in 1918. The offensive liberated a strategic area that Germany had held for four years. Just two months later, World War I ended with the signing of the Armistice on November 11, 1918. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more related primary sources. St. Mihiel images Map showing position of German Army geologic … [Read more...]

Featured Source: American Expeditionary Force map

The Americans who participated in the liberation of France were shocked by the devastation and the suffering of French civilians who had lost their homes, their livelihood, and their lives during the war. The compassion of the soldiers of the American Expeditionary Forces for the French people generated many popular songs such as "The Tale the Church Bell Told". In the shattered part of France, In the very heart of France, A soldier from a Yankee shore, Lay dreaming by an old church … [Read more...]

Today in History: Jacques Cartier

Today in History–June 9–the Library of Congress features French navigator Jacques Cartier, who sailed into the St. Lawrence River on this date in 1534. The explorer was commissioned by King Francis I of France to explore the area in hopes of finding gold, spices, and a northern passage to Asia. Find out more about Cartier's three visits to Canada by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related resources. Images Cartier ascending the St. … [Read more...]