March 4, 2015

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...]

Presidential Spotlight: Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover brief bio Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover: American Famine relief Campaign song of Herbert Hoover 1829 presidential opponent Herbert Hoover 1930 judicial nomination of John Parker Herbert Hoover inauguration primary source set Herbert Hoover: Executive Order 5398 – Establishing the Veterans’ Administration The American Presidency Project Herbert Hoover mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History collection Herbert Hoover correspondence related to Orville … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Veterans Administration

Sculpture "Sentinel" at Philadelphia Veterans Administration, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Veterans Administration legislation Veterans Administration reports & other texts Veterans Administration oral histories James Allen Alford served in Veterans Administration Facility Gerald Caffrey served as a radio operator and Morse code interpreter; after retiring served as a Veterans Administration Chaplain Frank Foley served in Europe but did not see action in combat; worked in years after war at Veterans Administration hospital Kathryn Louis Harrrison Jones civilian … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Lyndon B. Johnson

Pres. L.B. Johnson signs the 1968 Civil Rights Bill

Lyndon B. Johnson oath of office Nov. 22, 1963 image and audio file Lyndon B. Johnson inauguration primary source set Jan. 20, 1965 Vice President Johnson Was Assigned the Task of Unifying the U.S. Satellite Programs Jun. 24, 1961 from America's Library Retreat from Armageddon? Khrushchev, Kennedy, Johnson and the Elusive Quest for Peace webcast Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Laws That Changed America webcast Master of the … [Read more...]

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...]