April 2, 2015

Primary Source Spotlight: Amelia Earhart

An outstanding picture of 1937 - tragedy

Amelia Earhart felt she was meant to fly. In 1932, she became the first woman to pilot a plane across the Atlantic Ocean and three years later, in 1935, she became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific from Hawaii to California. On July 2, 1937, towards the end of her round-the-world flight over the Pacific Ocean somewhere between New Guinea and Howland Island, Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan sent their last radio communication. The mystery of their disappearance has never been … [Read more...]

Today in History: United States Military Academy at West Point

West Point, United States Military Academy

Today in History–March 16–the Library of Congress features United States Military Academy at West Point, founded on this date in 1802. Located on the Hudson River north of New York City,  West Point is one of the world's oldest military service academies and was attended by many of the nation's leading military commanders.  The academy is well known for its high standards of discipline and scholarship, instituted early on by Colonel Sylvanus Thayer, superintendent at West Point from 1817 to … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Sri Lanka (Ceylon)

Ceylon

Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon prior to 1972. It has a long rich history. Prime Minister Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias was the world's first woman prime minister, serving three terms: 1960-65, 1970-77, and 1994-2000. Sri Lanka country study Sri Lanka timeline BBC Sri Lanka maps U.S. veteran oral histories (service in Sri Lanka) Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection interviews mentioning Sri Lanka Books, articles and other texts about Sri Lanka Sri Lankan Authors: The South Asian … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Helen Keller

Helen Keller, no. 8

Helen Keller from America's Library "Autumn" poem by Helen Keller, 27 October 1893 Hellen Keller correspondence The World I Live in by Helen Keller 1908 The Song of the Stone Wall by Helen Keller 1910 The Girl Who Found the Blue Bird: A Visit to Helen Keller by Georgette Leblanc 1914 Helen Keller historical newspaper coverage Legislation related to Helen Keller Helen Keller image set … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Senegal

Message from Mister Leopold Sedar Senghor, President of the Republic, to the Senegalese People

Senegal primary sources from the World Digital Library Plan du Cap Verd 18th century map [Senegal] Historic U.S. newspaper coverage of Senegal Senegal reports & books Senegal mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection Webcasts related to Senegal Leopold Sedar Senghor: Thinker, Statesman, Poet Mere-Bi: A Senegalese Celebration of Motherhood Peter Strickland: New London Shipmaster, Boston Merchant, First Consul to Senegal Senegal image set U.S. … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: A. Philip Randolph

A. Philip Randolph and other civil rights leaders on their way to Congress during the March on Washington, 1963

A. Philip Randolph historical newspaper articles through 1922 “Plan Negro Labor Union – Socialists & Hebrew Trades Mean to Organize Them” New-York Tribune New York , N.Y., 07 July 1918 “I.W.W. Planned World Union of Marine Workers” The Evening World New York, N.Y., 17 July 1919 “South Carolina Representative Declares Race Antagonism Is Fostered Through Magazines” The Herald and NewsNewberry S.C., 29 Aug. 1919 “The Movements Among the Afro-Americans in New York City” The Broad Ax … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Ronald Reagan

President Ronald Reagan at his desk in the Oval Office

Ronald Reagan first inauguration primary source set January 20, 1981 Ronald Reagan second inauguration primary source set January 21, 1985 Ronald Reagan mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection Governor Ronald Reagan 1966 photograph Ronald Reagan image set Ronbo satirical photomontage Herblock painting McCarthy, Nixon, Reagan, and Clinton Herb Block on Ronald Reagan political cartoons More Ronald Reagan political cartoons by Herb Block "The Gods are … [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...]

Presidential Spotlight: Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter, head-and-shoulders portrait

Jimmy Carter inauguration primary source set January 20, 1977 President Jimmy Carter Signed the Panama Canal Treaty September 7, 1977 from America's Library Jimmy Carter image set Carl Sagan Briefing notes for President Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale Political cartoonist Herb Block on President Jimmy Carter "Gee! A medal from Gen. Goldwater" July 2, 1976 (curator's note: scroll to find) "... One nation ... indivisible ..." February 22, 1977 (curator's note: scroll to … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Gerald R. Ford

Gerald R. Ford, half-length portrait

Legislation Sponsored or Cosponsored by Gerald R. Ford 93rd Congress (1973-1974) Gerald R. Ford oath of office August 9, 1974 Gerald Ford image set Political cartoonist Herb Block on Gerald Ford "Remember--don't vote for anyone who would interfere with the way we've been handling things" October 30, 1974 (curator's note: scroll to find) “It Helps Maintain a Better Balance” 1975 "Gee! A medal from Gen. Goldwater" July 2, 1976 (curator's note: scroll to find) Fordzie: Happy … [Read more...]