July 21, 2017

Featured Source: Automatic Asteroid Finder

Use details from the illustration to describe what is happening in this image. Do you think there was an automatic asteroid finder in 1873? Do scientists use automatic asteroid finders today? How do you know or how would you find out? Read the article by Ruth S. Freitag linked to below. What did you learn? In what ways di your review of the text change how you "read" this image? This illustration appeared in the September 19, 1873 edition of the Bavarian satirical weekly, Fleignede … [Read more...]

Today in History: Gilbert Grosvenor & National Geographic

Today in History–October 28–the Library of Congress features editor and president of the National Geographic Society, Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor, born on this date in 1875. Just 9 years after immigrating from Turkey to the United States, Grosvenor began working as an assistant editor at National Geographic upon the recommendation of family friend Alexander Graham Bell. Just four years later he became the magazine's editor-in-chief. Grosvenor developed the photographic and cartographic departments, … [Read more...]

Today in History: Yale University

Today in History–October 9–the Library of Congress features Yale University, which received a charter from the Connecticut colonial legislature (as the Collegiate School in Saybrook) on this day in 1701. The school moved to New Haven in 1716, and was renamed Yale College in 1718 in honor of Elihu Yale, a merchant and early benefactor. Find out more about this prestigious university by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Political Cartoons

Political cartoons, many of which contain both an image and text, are great primary sources to use with students to help them recognize and understand symbolism, perspective, and bias as well as put people, events, issues, and ideas into historical context. The analysis of political cartoons, like other primary source images, Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS). They are also particularly helpful in meeting grade 6-12 Literacy in History/Social Studies Reading Standards 1, 2, 4, … [Read more...]

Today in History: Zachary Taylor

Today in History–May 8–the Library of Congress features Zachary Taylor, who led U.S. troops to defeat the Mexican army in a two-day battle at Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma on this day in 1846. Two years later he became president of the United States but his term was short; he died in office after serving only 16 months. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources about this general and 12th U.S. president. Illustrated … [Read more...]

Today in History: Good Housekeeping Debuts

Today in History–May 2–the Library of Congress features the debut of Good Housekeeping on this date in 1885. This popular women's magazine offered information about running a home and also provided opportunities for reader input (hey, it's social media 19th-century style). Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to delve into some fascinating primary sources. Good Housekeeping image set Good Housekeeping magazine historical … [Read more...]

Today in History: U.S. Declares War on Spain

Today in History–April 25–the Library of Congress features the Spanish-American War, declared on this date in 1898. Learn more about this short, decisive war by visiting the Today in History section and reviewing The World of 1898: The Spanish-American War, then click the links below to learn even more from primary sources. Spanish-American War primary source set The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures Topical (chronological) title list of Spanish-American war motion … [Read more...]

Today in History: Vogue & Clothing Styles

Today in History–March 26–the Library of Congress features publisher Condé Nast, born on this day in 1874. While working as an advertising executive for Collier's, Nast created the concept of magazines based on targeted groups of readers. In 1909 he purchased Vogue and five years later created Vanity Fair. Learn more about American clothing styles by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources related to clothing, style and fashion. Condé … [Read more...]

Today in History: Actor Joe Jefferson

Today in History–February 20–the Library of Congress features actor Joe Jefferson, born on this day in 1829. Learn more about this hugely popular comic actor and early American theater by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more resources about Jefferson and theater in the United States. Joe Jefferson primary source set Joe Jefferson, actor historic newspaper coverage through 1905 "Joseph Jefferson as 'Charles Plummer'" The Century Volume 27, … [Read more...]

Today in History: Spanish-American War

Today in History–February 15–the Library of Congress features the Spanish-American War, sparked on this date in 1898 when an explosion sank the battleship U.S.S. Maine in the Havana, Cuba harbor, killing 266 of the 354 crew members. Two months later, President William McKinley announced a state of war with Spain on April 25, 1898. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section and reviewing The World of 1898: The Spanish-American War, then click the links below to learn even more from … [Read more...]