July 31, 2015

Primary Source Spotlight: Jewish American Resources

Die Toire

Jewish American Heritage Month proclamations & legislation PSN Jewish American source sets Happy Hanukkah Religious Freedom Touro Synagogue Aaron Copland Gertrude Stein Sophie Tucker Featured Source: Leonard Bernstein illustrated letter guided primary source analysis activities American Memory collections The Hannah Arendt Papers Emile Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry The Aaron Copland Collection Yiddish Playscripts Prints & Photographs … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Lynching

A terrible blot on American civilization. 3424 lynchings in 33 years

Please be sure to review all primary sources prior to introducing students to them. You may also wish to read Selecting Primary Sources That Deal with Difficult Issues. Lynching by Helen Douglass 1859 manuscript "Lynch Law in the South" by Frederick Douglass The North American Review Volume 155, Issue 428 July 1892 Lynch Laws speech by Frederick Douglass The facts in the case of the horrible murder of little Myrtle Vance c 1893 Lessons of the Hour speech by Frederick Douglass, … [Read more...]

Today in History: Happy Hanukkah

Chanuka - The San Francisco call., December 28, 1902

Today in History–December 15–the Library of Congress features Hanukkah. The first day of the Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem was celebrated on this date in 2006. Also known as the Feast or Festival of Lights, Hanukkah reflects the story of a one-day supply of oil at the temple miraculously burning for eight days. Find out more by reviewing the Today in History section, then click the links below for related resources. Happy Hanukkah from the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Touro Synagogue

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Today in History–December 2–the Library of Congress features the Touro Synagogue, dedicated on this date in 1763. Named for the first officiating rabbi, Isaac Touro, the first synagogue in the U.S. was built in Newport, Rhode Island. Learn more about the Touro Synagogue and Newport's Jewish community by visiting the Today in History section as well as the links below. First Jewish Synagogue Was Dedicated in the United States from America's Library Touro Synagogue images & architectural … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Religion

Religion

PSN Today in History primary source collections John Carroll, First Bishop of Baltimore Cardinal James Gibbons Anne Marbury Hutchinson William Penn Phyllis Wheatley Brigham Young & the Mormon Pioneers Religious Freedom Missions of Old California Touro Synagogue American Memory Collections The American Colony in Jerusalem, 1870-2006 The Church in the Southern Black Community, 1780-1925 Early Virginia Religious Petitions The Hannah Arendt Papers at the Library … [Read more...]

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 primary source iBook Immigration images Immigrants images The Emigrant's Guide by William Cobbett 1830 Advice and Guide to Emigrants by Patrick O'Kelly 1834 More immigration books & texts Historic newspaper coverage: immigration problem Historic newspaper coverage: immigration benefits Immigration oral … [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

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...]