October 22, 2017

NHD 2016: CMHEC Topic Ideas – Power, Authority, and Governance

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 power, authority, & governance but all topic ideas are related to the 2016 NHD theme: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. More CMHEC topics will be referenced in subsequent posts. Interest in this area involves the way that government functions, how politicians lead, laws made … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning About Lincoln

We all can learn a lot from Abraham Lincoln. Below you will find links to primary source activities, lessons, and projects from the Library of Congress, TPS-Barat and other TPS consortium members. Abraham Lincoln: Rise to National Prominence primary source set and teacher's guide Learning from the Source: lessons Abraham Lincoln & Me Activity Book Gettysburg Address Image Sequencing Mourning Lincoln & the Art of Tribute Monumental Men Perspectives in Civil War Song … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Diagram of the Federal Government & American Union

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Today in History: Lee Surrenders

Today in History–April 9–the Library of Congress features the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to U.S. General Ulysses S. Grant on this day in 1865. Learn more about the surrender by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access thousands more Civil War resources. Lee's surrender primary source set "THE END! SURRENDER OF LEE!...", American Citizen, April 12, 1865 More 1865 historical newspaper coverage related to Lee's surrender Lee's … [Read more...]

Today in History: O Captain! My Captain!

Today in History–February 9–the Library of Congress features a letter Walt Whitman wrote on this day in 1888 noting corrections to his poem "O Captain! My Captain!" published that year by The Riverside Literature Series No. 32. Whitman informed the publishers that they had not printed the most recent version Whitman had revised for the second time in 1871 (Whitman first wrote the poem in 1865, the year Lincoln was assassinated, and revised it for the first time soon after it was published). … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: America’s Library

The Teaching with the Library of Congress blog provides an overview of the resources found in America's Library and some great teaching ideas for using the website with younger students or older English language learners. For more involved projects, click the links below to access two primary source projects using America's Library resources from TPS-Barat. Each project includes all student materials as well as a teacher instructions. Presidential Portraits George Washington and Abraham … [Read more...]

Today in History: Salmon P. Chase

Today in History–December 6–the Library of Congress features Salmon P. Chase, nominated as Supreme Court Chief Justice by President Abraham Lincoln on this day in 1864. Learn more about the architect of the first two clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment who also served as Governor of Ohio, a U.S. Senator, and Lincoln's secretary of the treasury, by visiting the Today in History section then check out the related resources below. Salmon P. Chase image set (includes numerous political … [Read more...]

Today in History: Political Debates

Today in History–October 21–the Library of Congress features political debates, highlighting the final round of the Kennedy-Nixon presidential debate which was televised on this day in 1960. Learn more about these "Great Debates", the Lincoln-Douglas debates, and the role of radio in presidential debates and addresses of the 1920s and 1930s by visiting the Today in History section then click the links below to access more related primary sources. The Debates in the Several State Conventions … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Emancipation Proclamation

Today in History–September 22–the Library of Congress features the Emancipation Proclamation. On this day in 1862, just over five months after signing an act abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia, President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary version of this historic act, which was officially proclaimed on January 1, 1863. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access a treasure trove of related primary sources. Emancipation … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Perspectives in Civil War Song Sheets

The Collection Connections section of America Singing: Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets, provides some great ideas for comparing perspectives of the Civil War based on the lyrics from popular song sheets published during the time period. The popularity of song sheets reached its peak during the second half of the nineteenth century and a large portion of this collection relates to the Civil War. Searches on terms such as Union, Confederate, and Lincoln, yield songs recruiting and rallying troops … [Read more...]