November 22, 2014

Today in History: The Gettysburg Address

Lincoln's address at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery

Today in History–November 19–the Library of Congress features the Gettysburg Address, delivered by Abraham Lincoln at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery on this date in 1863. Edward Everett, a well-known orator, delivered a two-hour speech. President Abraham Lincoln’s speech lasted only a few minutes. As the Library notes, "In spite of Lincoln's disclaimer that 'the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here,' his brief speech continues to resonate in the American … [Read more...]

NHD 2015: Leadership & Legacy Topic Ideas – World War II & Beyond

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Every year National History Day puts together a list of sample topic ideas. TPS-Barat went through that list and selected a subset of those topic ideas to create curated collections highlighting Library of Congress resources. All topic ideas are related to the 2015 NHD theme: Leadership & Legacy in History but the set below focuses on themes related to the 1930s and beyond. Links to more NHD follow this resource list. The Veterans Administration: Leading the Fight for Veterans … [Read more...]

Today in History: Veterans Day

Armistice Day Tribute

Today in History–November 11–the Library of Congress features Veterans Day, first celebrated as Armistice Day on this date in 1919. Designated by President Woodrow Wilson on the date the Allied powers signed a ceasefire agreement with Germany, Armistice Day was designated Veterans Day in 1954 to honor veterans of all U.S. wars. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section and then clicking the links below to learn more about this celebration of veterans and from the experiences of those … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Astronomy

Planisphaerium coeleste : secundum restitutionem Hevelianam et Hallejanam

Finding Our Place in the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and Beyond Library collection Astronomy primary source set Astronomy maps Astronomy images Astronomy books and articles Historical newspaper coverage: astronomy through 1922 Astronomy and other "Onomies" sheet music The old country fiddler on astronomy audio recording Astronomy webcasts Everyday Mysteries: Astronomy (more everyday mysteries) U.S. legislation related to astronomy Astronomy: Selected Internet … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Dwight D. Eisenhower

Sign for the Interstate Highway System, saluting President Dwight Eisenhower, who initiated the system in the 1950s

From America’s Library: Dwight D. Eisenhower Born: October 14, 1890 Died: March 28, 1969 Dwight David Eisenhower was an inspiring military leader, best-selling author, head of Columbia University, and president of the United States. As the top American general and later Allied Supreme Commander in the European theater, he directed Allied forces in World War II to victories in North Africa and Italy and coordinated the massive and successful D-Day invasion of France. Extraordinarily … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Japanese-American Internment

A large sign reading "I am an American" placed in the window of a store on December 8, the day after Pearl Harbor.

Photos Document Japanese-American Wartime Internment Library of Congress blog, May 2, 2014 Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar primary & secondary sources Veteran's oral histories mentioning Japanese-American internment Congressional documents related to Japanese-American internment Japanese-American internment primary source set includes teacher guide Japanese-American internment timeline activity Japanese-American Internment lesson … [Read more...]

Today in History: San Diego, California

Portion of business section and harbor, San Diego, California

Today in History–September 28–the Library of Congress features San Diego, California. On this date in 1542 Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into San Diego Bay under the Spanish flag. Learn about the evolution of this southern California city by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary source treasures. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into San Diego Bay San Diego maps San Diego images San Diego song recording San … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: American Eagle

The new picture of the eagle

American eagle image set Bald eagle image set American eagle sheet music American eagle march streaming song recording The American eagle against the British lion! 1844 broadside Historic American newspapers: American eagle Legislation related to the American eagle Featured Source: Eagle map of the United States primary source analysis activity … [Read more...]

Today in History: Los Angeles

Los Angeles as it appeared in 1871

Today in History–September 04–the Library of Congress features El Pueblo de la Reyna de Los Angeles (The Town of the Queen of the Angels) founded on this day in 1781. Located between the San Gabriel Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Los Angeles remained independent until it was taken in a bloodless effort by U.S. forces during the Mexican American War. Originally focused on agriculture, Los Angeles is now known as a center for tourism and the entertainment industry as well as trade, … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Nevada

The San Francisco call. (San Francisco [Calif.]), 23 May 1905

Nevada stories from America’s Library Nevada primary source set Nevada maps Nevada images Nevada sheet music Nevada songs & oral histories Nevada films and webcasts Nevada books & other texts Correspondence related to Nevada Nevada: U.S. legislation Nevada Guide to Law Online More U.S. state primary source collections … [Read more...]