April 19, 2014

Primary Source Spotlight: Immigration

Immigration Office

Primary source sets Immigration: Challenges for New Americans (includes teacher guide) Mexican American Migrations and Communities (includes teacher guide) Immigration images Immigrants images Immigration books & other texts Immigration web archive Immigration oral histories Vaudeville: immigration Ellis Island From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America (online exhibition) Law Library: immigration topics Lesson plans & teaching … [Read more...]

Today in History: Ellis Island

Recently arrived persons at Ellis Island, N.Y.

Today in History–January 1–the Library of Congress features Ellis Island. On this date in 1892 a fifteen-year old Irish girl named Annie Moore became the first person to pass through the doors of the Ellis Island Immigration Station. Between 1892 and 1954, more than 12 million immigrants, as many at 5,000 a day, passed through Ellis Island to start a new life in the United States. At the station, in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, immigrants underwent medical examinations and answered … [Read more...]

Today in History: Anne Marbury Hutchinson & Religion

Anne Hutchinson Preaching in Her House in Boston

Today in History–July 20–the Library of Congress features Anne Marbury Hutchinson, baptized on this day in 1591 (according to the Old, or Julian, Calendar). This well-educated daughter of an outspoken clergyman silenced for criticizing the Church of England emigrated to the American colonies where she was later persecuted for her own outspoken religious beliefs. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to religion … [Read more...]

Today in History: Sophie Tucker

I wonder where my easy rider's gone?; Hard luck racetrack story. 1913 Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920 (from Duke University)

Today in History–January 13–the Library of Congress features Sophie Tucker, born on this date in 1884 or 1886 as Sonya Kalish. Learn more about the life of this much loved entertainer by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more resources related to Sophie Tucker and musical entertainment styles of her day. Sophie Tucker sheet music Sophie Tucker images Sophie Tucker historical newspaper coverage American Variety Stage: Vaudeville & Popular … [Read more...]

Today in History: Religious Freedom

Old Jewish Synagogue  [Touro Synagogue],  Newport, Rhode Island

Today in History–August 17–the Library of Congress features a letter dated August 17, 1790 that George Washington penned to Moses Seixas, a prominent Jewish leader in Rhode Island, that articulated Washington’s belief in religious freedom and the first presidential affirmation of the free and equal status of Jewish-American citizens. "All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class … [Read more...]

Today in History: John Carroll, First Bishop of Baltimore

Design drawing for stained glass window, square, showing bishop and Roman revival church

Today in History–August 15–the Library of Congress features John Carroll, who became the first Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States on this day in 1790 (click the link to read a contemporary account of the event).  Find out more about Carroll and his role in religion of the period by visiting the Today in History section. Then click the links below to access John Carroll's presidential correspondance as well as other religion resources and primary sources from the … [Read more...]