March 25, 2017

City Spotlight: New Orleans

  War of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans America's Library Winning the Battle of New Orleans January 8, 1815 America's Library The Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Folklife Today blog January 8, 2015 Mardi Gras Season in New Orleans America's Library local legacy Happy Mardi Gras! Inside Adams blog The Supreme Madness of the Carnival Season In Custodia Legis blog February 12, 2013 New Orleans historical newspapers Books & other texts related to New … [Read more...]

Collection Spotlight: Civil Rights History Project

The Civil Rights History Project collection is a direct result of the 2009 Civil Rights History Project Act. This law mandated the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) to conduct a survey of existing civil rights oral-history collections and enhance these collections by recording new interviews with people who contributed to the movement. This collection features new oral histories focused on the recollections of previously … [Read more...]

Today in History: Louisiana

Today in History–December 8–the Library of Congress features Louisiana, which ratified a new state constitution on this day in 1879, reorganizing the state judiciary and moving the state capital from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. Did you know that Louisianians revised and passed new constitutions ten times from 1812-1921. Find out more about the history and culture of the “Creole” state by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary … [Read more...]

Today in History: Louisiana Purchase Treaty

Today in History–October 20–the Library of Congress features the Louisiana Purchase Treaty, ratified by the Senate on this day in 1803. For many fascinating facts about this key purchase, visit the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources about the Louisiana Purchase. Thomas Jefferson: The West online exhibition Senate Ratified the Louisiana Purchase Treaty October 20, 1803 from America's Library Jefferson's Annual Message to Congress October … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Galveston Storm

Today in History–September 8–the Library of Congress features the Galveston storm of 1900, which made landfall on this day and, according to the National Weather Service was the deadliest cyclone in U.S. history, responsible for the deaths of at least 8,000 people. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to the 1900 Galveston hurricane and Galveston in general, as well as other digital hurricane resources from … [Read more...]

Today in History: Hurricane Katrina

Today in History–August 29–the Library of Congress features Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall on this date in 2005 near Buras, Louisiana, and headed north. Two hours later New Orleans' Industrial Canal levee had been breached and within an hour, the neighborhood known as the Lower Ninth Ward was under six-to-eight feet of water. This devastating hurricane caused damage from Texas to Florida, hitting Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama particularly hard. Find out more by visiting the Today … [Read more...]