September 26, 2017

Primary Source Spotlight: Thomas Paine

Common Sense 1776 image of original cover page American Treasures: Thomas Paine’s Common Sense Plain truth; addressed to the inhabitants of America, containing, remarks on a late pamphlet, entitled Common sense signed “Rationalis” image of original cover page The American crisis (No. 1) transcription image of original cover page More Thomas Paine writings Thomas Paine National Historical Association Thomas Paine correspondence Thomas Paine historic newspaper … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Martha Graham

Martha Graham bio Martha Graham timeline Martha Graham images Martha Graham correspondence & other documents Martha Graham article clippings & program bills More Martha Graham clippings Martha Graham at the Library streaming webcast Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring streaming webcast Documenting Dance: The Making of Appalachian Spring p. 10 Library of Congress Magazine September/October 2014 More Appalachian Spring primary sources & resources … [Read more...]

NHD 2016: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange Topic Ideas Part II

These curated resource lists coincide with the order of the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2016 theme sample topics list. Note: historic newspaper coverage is from 1836-1922. Exploring the Nation: The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Today in History: B&O Railroad (background & primary source sets) An Encounter with Fanaticism: John Doyle Lee and the Arkansas Mountain Meadows Massacre Execution of John Doyle Lee before and after images History of the Mountain Meadows Massacre … [Read more...]

NHD 2016: CMHEC Topic Ideas – Arts & Culture

Below you will find Library of Congress resources curated by TPS-Barat that relate to National History Day 2016 topic ideas from the Chicago Metro History Education Center. This set specifically focuses on the arts and culture but all topic ideas are related to the 2016 NHD theme: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. NOTE: historic newspaper coverage is from 1836-1922. Exchanging Worlds, Exploring and Encountering Empire: World’s Fair Columbian Exposition The 1893 World Columbian … [Read more...]

Today in History: James McNeill Whistler

Today in History–July 10–TPS-Barat features  James McNeill Whistler, born on this date in 1834. This American artist spent time in St. Petersburg, Russia during his childhood and later in England and France, where he studied. Learn more about Whistler through these primary and secondary sources. James McNeill Whistler images & art Whistler’s Butterfly Picture This blog June 20, 2013 Joseph and Elizabeth Robins Pennell Collection of Whistleriana Freer and Sackler … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Amelia Earhart

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...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Lynching

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...]

Today in History: The Gettysburg Address

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...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Japanese-American Internment

Defiant Loyalty: Japanese-American Internment Camp Newspapers Library of Congress Blog May 9, 2017 Photos Document Japanese-American Wartime Internment Library of Congress blog, May 2, 2014 Photos: 3 Very Different Views Of Japanese Internment NPR February 17, 2016 Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar primary & secondary sources Japanese-American Internment Camp Newspapers, 1942 to 1946 Dorothea Lange Japanese American photos Veteran's oral … [Read more...]

Literature Links: My Daniel – Hunting dinosaurs in Nebraska

Below you will find numerous primary source activity ideas to use in conjunction with the novel My Daniel by Pam Conrad. Let us know which ones work for you. Publisher overview "All I want to find is one dinosaur," Daniel was saying. "And I'll find it right here. Like I do all my fossils." Wandering through the Natural History Museum with her grandchildren, Julia Creath feels the presence of her dead brother, Daniel, she remembers a time when fossil fever hit everyone, old and young -- a … [Read more...]