August 2, 2015

Today in History: Poughkeepsie, New York

Poughkeepsie, N.Y,. Poughkeepsie Bridge

Today in History–July 26–the Library of Congress features Poughkeepsie, where New York voted to ratify the U.S. Constitution on this date in 1788. The city is located along the Hudson River about midway between New York City and Albany. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to Poughkeepsie. Poughkeepsie images Poughkeepsie maps Poughkeepsie Polka sheet music Foreign Affairs oral history mentions of … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Greece

Greece, physiography

Greece primary source set World Digital Library Greece maps Greece image set Videos and webcasts related to Greece Greek related American life histories Greece mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection Veteran oral histories including service in Greece Greece sheet music Greek song recordings Historical newspaper coverage: Greece 1836-1922 Correspondence & reports related to Greece through 1899 Books related to Greece Articles FALQs: The … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: France

Carte de France

Country Profile: France Creating French Culture: Treasures from the Bibliothèque nationale de France online exhibition France in America bilingual digital library site France Allied with American Colonies February 6, 1778 from America's Library France primary source set World Digital Library France maps France image set French image set Films related to France France mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection French American life … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Spain

Spain

Spain country study Parallel Histories: Spain, the United States, and the American Frontier bilingual digital library site Spain primary source set World Digital Library Spain maps Spain image set Spanish image set Torcuato Zamora: Flamenco Guitar with Dancers from Furia Flamenco streaming webcast Films Procession at Séville and bullfighting scenes Dogs used as smugglers On the coast of the Bay of Biscay, France Spain mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History … [Read more...]

Today in History: War of 1812

By the President of the United States of America, a proclamation

Today in History–June 18–the Library of Congress features the War of 1812. On this date in 1812 President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Great Britain. Reasons for the war included frustration with Britain's maritime practices and their support of Native American resistance to western expansion as well as a desire to conquer Canada. The war lingered on past 1812 and in August, 1814, British forces attacked Washington D.C., setting fire to many government buildings … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: India

India--Benares--Monkey Temple

India country profile: . . . extensive urbanization and trade appear to have begun in the Indus River Valley around 3000 B.C. with the Harappan civilization. From this period until the termination of British colonial rule in 1947, numerous empires ruled various portions of South Asia, often assimilating a rich array of peoples and each adding its own contribution to an increasingly rich tapestry of cultures, ideas, and technologies. India country profile India country study India - Places … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: TPS Journal

TPS Journal

Dig deep into a variety of teaching with primary sources topics. The TPS Journal, formerly titled the TPS Quarterly, is an online, peer-reviewed publication focused on pedagogical approaches to teaching with Library of Congress digitized primary sources in K-12 classrooms. Each issue provides sections related to the issue's thematic focus: a feature article, an elementary primary source activity, a secondary primary source activity, a teacher spotlight highlighting primary source learning in the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Manhattan Island

New York: a birdseye view from the harbor, showing Manhattan Island in its surroundings

Today in History–May 4–the Library of Congress features Manhattan Island. On this date in 1626, Dutch colonist Peter Minuit arrived on the wooded island at the behest of the Dutch West India Company. Minuit later "purchased" the island from resident Algonquin Indians for the equivalent of $24.  The town of New Amsterdam, located at the southern end of the island, was renamed New York City after it was seized by the British in 1664. Find out more about Manhattan Island by visiting the Today in … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: The Negro Speaks of Rivers

The Negro Speaks of Rivers

Lesson overview Writer and poet Langston Hughes was a prominent figure in the Harlem Renaissance movement, famous for his illuminating and moving depictions of African American life. "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" was Hughes's first published poem, appearing in the June 1921 issue of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) magazine The Crisis. Since that time, the poem has been set to music repeatedly, as shown by the sheet music illustrating this post. Lesson … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: World Digital Library

worldlibrary

Overview The World Digital Library (WDL) provides access to multilingual primary sources from around the world. It's mission is to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding by highlighting the stories and achievements of all countries and cultures. WDL "is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, carried out with the support of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, … [Read more...]