October 20, 2018

Featured Source: Woman’s Work

Look carefully at the photograph above and respond to the following questions.What do you notice first? What else do you see? What details can you point to? What might those details tell you about this woman and what she is doing? What might those details tell you about why this photo was taken, or the purpose it might have served? What questions do you have?Now review the bibliographic record for this image, then this set of related images. Were any of your previous … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg portraitRuth Bader Ginsburg Notes for oral arguments in Duren v. Missouri November 1, 1978Hearings Before the Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate One Hundred Third Congress First Session on the Nomination of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to Be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States July 20, 21, 22, and 23, 1993More Ruth Bader Ginsburg confirmation sourcesSupreme Court decisions written by Ruth Bader GinsburgJustice Ruth Bader … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Boeing aircraft plant – production of B-17F

Zoom into the picture above (.pdf file) and analyze the photo using the primary source analysis tool. First, just use the picture to complete your image analysis, then review the bibliographic record to add to your analysis. Share your analysis with a partner, group or the class.This image lists some letters and numbers at the bottom of the picture. Enter the letters OWI into the search box at the top right of the Primary Source Nexus website to do some research about OWI. Summarize your … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Jeff Davis Reaping the Harvest

What is the mood of this image? What symbols and other details in the engraving contribute to the overall mood it evokes?Now review the bibliographic record for this image. Describe what you learned and explain how that affects your "reading" of this source.Do a bit of research to learn more about the person featured in this image. Then write a short poem with words that mimic the mood of the poem. Use this list of tone and mood words to help you.What other observations, reflections … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Great Moon Hoax

Read the summary of the Lunar Narrative from the Museum of Hoaxes. What details from the articles do you see evidence of in this illustration?Why do you think the illustrator created an inset, or a picture within a picture? Access this .pdf to see the image in more detail.Compare and contrast the information about the Great Moon Hoax from the following sources. What did you learn? What similar information is presented? Are there any discrepancies?Historic Hoaxes The Spokane … [Read more...]

Featured Source: At school

What are the children doing in this photo? Be specific and use details from the image to support your conclusions.Compare and contrast this classroom with yours. What are the similarities and differences?Look at this image of where the children gather before school. How do you think this program compares to today's extended school day programs?What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Slave market of America

What contradiction does this broadside illustrate and discuss? Support your conclusion using specific details from the source.Who created this broadside? Using details from the source to support your responses, explain the purpose of this broadside and the intended audience.Review the bibliographic record for this source, in particular the summary. What more did you learn about slavery in 1836 Washington, D.C.What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Senate page boys stage their first snow battle

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Today in History: William Shakespeare

Today in History–April 26–the Library of Congress features William Shakespeare, baptized on this day in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Shakespeare's birthday is traditionally celebrated on April 23, because babies generally were baptized about three days after birth. Learn about the Folger Shakespeare Memorial Library by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access Shakespeare's works and other resources related to the bard.Works by William … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Bank note explorer vignettes

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