July 29, 2014

State Spotlight: South Carolina

Chicora the original name of Carolina

South Carolina stories from America’s Library South Carolina primary source set South Carolina maps South Carolina books & articles South Carolina historical newspapers South Carolina sheet music South Carolina oral histories, songs & dialect recordings South Carolina WPA life histories South Carolina images South Carolina legislation South Carolina Guide to Law Online Today in History: Charleston, South Carolina More U.S. state primary source … [Read more...]

Literature Links: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street

Mulberry Street, New York City

Theodor Geisel—a.k.a. Dr. Seuss—was born in 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was the first of many children's books that he wrote and illustrated. Geisel supposedly received 27 rejections before the book was published by Vanguard Press in 1937 thanks, as the story goes, to a chance run-in with and old friend from Darthmouth College. After reading the book, engage your students with some of the following primary source activities. Have your … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Transportation

Design sketch for T-1 Locomotive Pennsylvania Railroad

Teaching resources Around the World in 1896 How Transportation Transformed America: Going to Market Abraham Lincoln Primary Source Activity Book: transportation page Primary source sets Transportation image set Transportation maps Films & webcasts related to transportation Oral histories related to transportation Life history mentioning transportation Historical texts related to transportation Historical newspaper coverage: modes of transportation PSN curated … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Alaska

Prince William Sound, Alaska

Alaska stories from America's Library Alaska primary source set Alaska maps Alaska images Alaska books Alaska reports & other texts Alaska sheet music Alaska songs Veteran oral histories: Alaska service Alaska films Alaska legislation Alaska Guide to Law Online Alaska Purchase primary source collections & teaching resources Iditarod primary source collection Harriman Alaska Expedition: Chronicles & Souvenirs May to August … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: New Hampshire

The State of New Hampshire. Compiled chiefly from actual surveys.

New Hampshire stories from America’s Library New Hampshire primary source set New Hampshire maps New Hampshire books & articles Correspondence related to New Hampshire New Hampshire oral histories & songs New Hampshire sheet music New Hampshire films Pictorial Americana: Selected images of New Hampshire New Hampshire images from American Memory More New Hampshire images New Hampshire legislation New Hampshire Guide to Law Online Today in History: … [Read more...]

Today in History: Tennessee Secedes

Lookout Mountain, Tennessee: and the Chattanooga Rail Road

Today in History–June 8–the Library of Congress features Tennessee, which voted in favor of secession by two-to-one on this date in 1861. Tennessee resident and future president Andrew Johnson broke with his party over this issue. Find out more about about this era by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access thousands of Tennessee state primary sources from the Library. Tennessee stories from America's Library Tennessee primary source set Tennessee … [Read more...]

Today in History: Fort Necessity & the French and Indian War

Grape shot found near Fort Necessity

Today in History–June 4–the Library of Congress features Fort Necessity near Uniontown, Pennsylvania. On this date in 1754, the young Colonel George Washington were hard at work constructing the makeshift stronghold to protect themselves from French aggression. Less than a month later, however, Washington and his troops were surrounded and forced to surrender to French troops on July 3, 1754. This military action marked the beginning of the French and Indian War, during which Great Britain and … [Read more...]

Today in History: Montana

See America Welcome to Montana

Today in History–May 26–the Library of Congress features Montana, which first became a territory on this date in 1864 approximately four years after gold was discovered. Twenty-five years later, in 1889, Montana became the forty-first state. Numerous Native American tribes called Montana home and many still do. Learn more about big sky country by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary source treasures related to this mountainous … [Read more...]

Today in History: Siege of Vicksburg

Siege of Vicksburg

Today in History–May 19–the Library of Congress features the Union siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, begun on this day in 1863 under the command of General Ulysses S. Grant. By mid-June, nearly 80,000 Union troops had virtually sealed off the city. But it would take a few more weeks before Confederate forces surrendered on July 4. With the victory, the Union regained control of the Mississippi River, geographically dividing the Confederacy. Find out more about this Civil War campaign by visiting … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: California

I'm going back to California

California stories from America’s Library California primary source set Curated collections California maps Pictorial Americana: selected images of California California images from American Memory More California images California books & articles California correspondence, reports, printed ephemera & other texts California historic newspapers California sheet music California songs and oral histories California legislation California Guide to Law … [Read more...]