October 19, 2017

Featured Source: America

Zoom into the selected section of the primary source shown above. Look closely at the details and answer the questions below. What do you see? What is happening in this scene? How do you feel when you look at this scene? What do you wonder about? Now look at the complete primary source and answer the questions below. What additional information do you gain from the text? What do you think the creator wanted you to think when looking at this scene? What do you think … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Grandma’s Toilet

The title of this print is "Grandma's Toilet". Zoom into this artwork and use details from the image to figure out what toilet meant in this time (1893) and context. After, look up different definitions of toilet. What can you infer, or figure out, about the relationship between the young girl and the older woman? Use details from the image to support your inferences or ideas. Using your learnings from the previous two activities to guide you, create a similar modern-day image with an … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Spinner Play

Look at the source. What do you see? Describe what is happening in the picture based only on what you see. Look at the source again. How does this picture make you feel? What does this picture make you think about? Describe your feelings and thoughts and at least one detail or technique the artist, Benton Spruance, used that you think contributed to your personal experience with this piece of art. The curator note accompanying this lithograph on the Library of Congress website states that … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Footrace, Pennsylvania Avenue

According to the summary of this political cartoon, who were the three candidates for president in 1844? What was the president's salary at this time? What is the president's salary now? According to the cartoon summary, who is the favored contender? What details in the cartoon—positioning, symbols, text labels—support this view? Use the Primary Source Nexus search box to find information about the candidates to learn who won the 1844 presidential election. What other observations, … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Crossing to Fayetteville

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Featured Image: The Voyage of the Pequod

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Featured Image: Home of Frank & Jesse James

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Featured Image: Frederick Douglass lithograph

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Featured Image: Houston, Santa Anna, and Cos

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Featured Source: Afro-American Monument

There are two Revolutionary War heroes depicted on this print who experienced very different outcomes. Who were the two men and what happened to each in the war? Review the 13 scenes related to Afro-American history on this lithograph. Which scene speaks most powerfully to you? Explain the reasoning for your choice. What scene would you add to this poster? Provide a brief sketch and a caption for the scene. Then explain why you feel this scene is important to African American … [Read more...]