July 31, 2014

Today in History: Fourteenth Amendment

Mending the family kettle

Today in History–July 28–the Library of Congress features the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. On this date in 1868, Secretary of State William Seward issued a proclamation certifying the ratification of the amendment The 14th amendment granted citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States", including former slaves freed after the Civil War. Referred to as one of the "Reconstruction Amendments", this amendment also prohibits states … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: South Carolina

Chicora the original name of Carolina

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State Spotlight: Alaska

Prince William Sound, Alaska

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Today in History: Yosemite

Yosemite Valley as seen from Discovery View

Today in History–June 30–the Library of Congress features Yosemite. On this day in 1865 President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Valley Grant Act, giving the valley and nearby Mariposa Big Tree Grove to California "upon the express conditions that the premises shall be held for public use, resort, and recreation." The area became a top tourist destination but towards the end of the century, there was support to return Yosemite to the federal government. In 1890, Yosemite National Park was … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: New Hampshire

The State of New Hampshire. Compiled chiefly from actual surveys.

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World Spotlight: Canada

O Canada!

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Today in History: Princeton University

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY STUDENTS WITH WOODROW WILSON

Today in History–June 9–the Library of Congress features Princeton University. On this date in 1902, alumnus Woodrow Wilson was unanimously elected university president after more than a decade as a respected teaching scholar. During his tenure, Wilson instituted a system of core requirements followed by two years of specialized concentration. After Princeton, Wilson served one term as governor of New Jersey and two as president of the United States. Learn more about Wilson's career and this … [Read more...]

Today in History: Tennessee Secedes

Lookout Mountain, Tennessee: and the Chattanooga Rail Road

Today in History–June 8–the Library of Congress features Tennessee, which voted in favor of secession by two-to-one on this date in 1861. Tennessee resident and future president Andrew Johnson broke with his party over this issue. Find out more about about this era by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access thousands of Tennessee state primary sources from the Library. Tennessee stories from America's Library Tennessee primary source set Tennessee … [Read more...]

Today in History: Montana

See America Welcome to Montana

Today in History–May 26–the Library of Congress features Montana, which first became a territory on this date in 1864 approximately four years after gold was discovered. Twenty-five years later, in 1889, Montana became the forty-first state. Numerous Native American tribes called Montana home and many still do. Learn more about big sky country by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary source treasures related to this mountainous … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: California

I'm going back to California

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