October 17, 2017

Primary Source Spotlight: Race Riots

Wilmington, North Carolina 1898 race riot 1898 newspaper coverage New York City 1900 race riots August, 1900: select newspaper articles more 1900 newspaper coverage Atlanta, Georgia 1906 race riot 1906 newspaper coverage E. W. Evans oral history transcript Atlanta riot recollections Letter from Francis Jackson Garrison to Booker T. Washington concerning the Atlanta Riot October 7, 1906 Mary White Ovington covered the Atlanta riot Journalist Ray Stannard Baker after … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Indian Removal

These primary sources and teaching resources relate to the removal of Native Americans from their ancestral lands. Native Americans in U.S. history online presentation Native American Legal Struggles in Primary Sources Teaching with the Library of Congress blog November 4, 2014 Breaking the Bonds of People and Land: Native American Removal in the United States and Mexico streaming webcast Indian Removal, 1814-1858 PBS Indian removal: historical newspaper coverage Documents … [Read more...]

Today in History: Fall of Atlanta

Today in History–September 1–the Library of Congress features the fall of Atlanta. On this date in 1864, Confederate General John B. Hood evacuated and left the city in Union hands. The capture of this crucial Confederate supply center by William T. Sherman helped ensure the re-election of President Abraham Lincoln two months later. Find out more about the events preceding and following the fall of Atlanta by visiting the Today in History section, the click the links below to access … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Georgia, USA

Georgia stories from America’s Library Georgia primary source set Georgia maps Georgia: select images More Georgia images Georgia sheet music Georgia songs & oral histories Georgia WPA life histories Georgia books & other texts Georgia historical newspapers Georgia legislation Georgia Guide to Law Online City Spotlight: Columbus, Georgia More U.S. state primary source collections … [Read more...]

Featured Source: condition of the descendants of former African slaves

Why is the information provided in both English and French? The pie graph gives statistics for which group of people? Using the information provided in this text as well as the bibliographic record to determine one or more purposes of this text. What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! More items from this W.E.B. collection Georgia Negro charts created by W.E.B. Du Bois Primary Source Spotlight: W.E.B. Du Bois … [Read more...]

Today in History: Slave Auction

Today in History–March 3–the Library of Congress features the largest recorded slave auction in U.S. history, began on this date in 1859. Referred to as  "The Weeping Time", the two-day auction of 436 men, women, and children formerly held by Pierce M. Butler was held pay off Butler's financial losses from the crash of 1857-58 as well as his gambling debts. A journalist's account, What Became of the Slaves on a Georgia Plantation?, includes vivid descriptions of the auction and many of … [Read more...]

Today in History: George Gershwin & Gullah Culture

Today in History–September 2–the Library of Congress features George Gershwin, who completed the orchestral score of the opera—Porgy and Bess—based on the DuBose Heyward novel on this date in 1935. The opera, like the novel, depicted the African-American Gullah culture of South Carolina. Learn more about this remarkable man and his collaborators on the internationally known opera by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links below. George Gershwin portraits Porgy and … [Read more...]

Today in History: Rock of Chickamauga

Today in History–July 31–the Library of Congress features Civil War General George H. Thomas, born on this date in 1816. Although he was born in Virginia, Thomas allied with the Union in the Civil War. Thomas' 1863 defense of Chickamauga Creek in northwestern Georgia led to the moniker the "Rock of Chickamauga". The following year he played a key role in the siege of Atlanta under Union General William T. Sherman. Learn more about this West Point military man by visiting … [Read more...]

Today in History: Columbus, Georgia

Today in History–February 19–the Library of Congress features Columbus, Georgia. On this date in 1917, future literary star Carson McCullers was born. Learn more about the city that influenced author Carson McCullers writing by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to thousands of primary sources related to the city of Columbus and the state of Georgia. Columbus maps Columbus books & articles Columbus images Columbus legislation Georgia primary … [Read more...]

Today in History: Battle of Chattanooga

Today in History–November 23–the Library of Congress features the Battle of Chattanooga, which commenced on this day in 1863. During this three-day Civil War battle, Union forces drove Confederate troops into Georgia, setting the stage for Union General William T. Sherman's triumphant march to the sea a year later. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary sources. Battle of Chattanooga images Battle of Chattanooga … [Read more...]