December 13, 2017

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...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Western Expansion & Manifest Destiny

This set of primary sources and teaching resources focuses, primarily, on the time period 1800-1860. Western expansion stories from America's Library Western expansion timeline (includes primary source activities) Primary Source sets Western expansion (includes teacher guide) Primary Source Learning: Expansion & Reform (includes learning activity) Primary source collections Pioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, 1820-1910 … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: The Places You’ll Go with Maps

The Library of Congress has custody of the largest and most comprehensive cartographic collection in the world and there are so many places you can visit with the Library of Congress' fabulous digitized map collections. Take a look at the wide variety of maps you can explore in incredible detail and discover engaging primary source lessons and activities. Zoom in now! Map Collections American Revolution Maps & Charts of North America & the West Indies 1750-1789 an important … [Read more...]

Today in History: Jim Thorpe

Today in History–May 28–the Library of Congress features athlete Jim Thorpe, born on this day in 1888 in Indian Territory which is now Oklahoma. A double gold medalist (decathlon and pentathlon) at the 1912 Olympics and played baseball and football professionally. Learn more about the ups and downs of the man dubbed the "athlete of the century" by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources related to Jim Thorpe. Jim Thorpe image set Jim … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Diagram of the Federal Government & American Union

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Learning from the Source: Indian Territory Resettlement

In his article, "Thinking Like an Historian", from the TPS Quarterly archive (now the TPS Journal), Sam Wineburg points out how many students' view of history—memorization—diverges from that of historians—investigation—and offers advice for using primary sources to engage students in the "historical approach". Doing so will help students make more authentic and lasting connections to important historical themes and events as well as give them practice in key Common Core State Standards in … [Read more...]