October 17, 2018

NHD 2019: U.S. History Civil War to Late 19th Century

The First Battle of Bull Run: Anticipated Union Triumph Leads to TragedyToday in History: First Battle of Bull Run brief background & primary sources Related resourcesToday in History: Second Battle of Bull Run Civil War primary sources, secondary sources, teaching resourcesThe Triumphs and Tragedies of the Transcontinental RailroadToday in History: Transcontinental Railroad Completed primary sources, secondary sources, related resourcesReconstruction: … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: African American History & Culture

Primary Source sets with teacher guidesBaseball: Across a Divided Society Harlem Renaissance Jim Crow in America The NAACP: A Century in the Fight for FreedomFeatured Source guided primary source analysis activitiesAfro-American Monument An airship with a “Jim Crow” trailer Condition of the descendants of former African slaves The constitutional amendment Jesse Owens President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address Tree of Liberty Woman … [Read more...]

Literature Links: To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the selections in the Books That Shaped America online exhibition. The curator's note reads: This 1960 Pulitzer Prize winner was an immediate critical and financial success for its author, with more than 30 million copies in print to date. Harper Lee created one of the most enduring and heroic characters in all of American literature in Atticus Finch, the small-town lawyer who defended a wrongly accused black man. The book’s importance was recognized … [Read more...]

Featured Source: An airship with a “Jim Crow” trailer

Explain what you think this political cartoon is trying to say, using details from the illustration to support your conclusions.Jim Crow is the name often used to refer to segregation laws and customs following the U.S. Civil War. Do you think this cartoon is a good argument for or against African American rights? Why?Jump this cartoon into the future. Create a similar cartoon that represents southern segregation laws and customs in the 1950s-60s America.What other observations, … [Read more...]

Today in History: Plessy v. Ferguson

Today in History–May 18–the Library of Congress features the Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson, which ruled on this day in 1896 that separate-but-equal facilities on intrastate railroads were constitutional. The decision gave legal sanction to Jim Crow segregation laws and the decision was not reversed until May 17, 1954 when the Supreme Court unanimously agreed that segregation was unconstitutional in the case of Brown v. the Board of Education. Unfortunately, it would take even longer to … [Read more...]