March 30, 2017

Featured Source: Chinese Citizenship in Hawaii

This 1906 newspaper article quotes a 1904 magazine editorial, which sums up the "widely prevailing sentiment against the Chinese immigrant laborer in the United States." Make a list of the arguments for the "defense of our political antagonism to the Chinaman". The first page of the newspaper article responds to three arguments. Choose one and summarize the comparisons and contrasts the journalist highlights between the Chinese immigrant experience in mainland America and Hawaii. Now read … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: King Kamehameha

From America's Library: Born: Between 1740 and 1758 Died: May 8, 1819 King Kamehameha I, also known as Kamehameha the Great, was the head of a dynasty (a succession of rulers from the same family) that ruled the Hawaiian islands for more than a century. Legend has it that he was born at the time of the appearance of Halley's comet and that this was a sign that he would rise to greatness. The name Kamehameha (pronounced kuh-may-ha-may-ha) means "the one set apart." More King … [Read more...]

Today in History: Air Raid on Pearl Harbor

Today in History–December 7–the Library of Congress features the Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor, which occurred on this day in 1941. A hurried Navy dispatch sent out the news: AIR RAID ON PEARL HARBOR X THIS IS NOT DRILL. More than 2,300 Americans were killed, 160 aircraft were destroyed, and 12 ships sank. The next day the United States declared war on Japan. Learn more about this fateful day in U.S. history by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access … [Read more...]

Today in History: Hawaii

Today in History–November 7–the Library of Congress features Hawaii, which ratified a state constitution on this day in 1950 (it officially became the 50th state on August 21, 1959). Find out more about the history and culture of the Crossroads of the Pacific by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more fabulous primary sources. Hawaii stories from America’s Library Oahu Railway Hawaii primary source set Hawaiian historical newspapers Hawaii … [Read more...]

Today in History: Duke Kahanamoku – Surfing & Swimming

Today in History–August 11–the Library of Congress features swimmer Duke Kahanamoku, also known as the "father of international surfing", who broke the world record in the 100-yard freestyle swim by 4.6 seconds in Honolulu Harbor on this day in 1911. Kahanamoku went on to win numerous gold and silver medals in several Olympic Games and helped to repopularize surfing as a sport. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, the click the links below to access more primary … [Read more...]