March 26, 2017

Primary Source Spotlight: Civil Rights

Teaching resources NAACP primary source set with teacher guide Baseball, Race Relations and Jackie Robinson Baseball, Race and Ethnicity: Rounding the Bases Learning from the Source: I Have a Dream Image Sequencing Civil Rights Act of 1964 educator webinar recording The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom Idea Book for Educators Teaching with the Library of Congress civil rights blog posts The Civil Rights History Project: Primary Sources and Oral … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Vietnam War

Vietnam Veteran collections All Vietnam veteran digitized oral history collections (some contain additional items such letters, photos, etc.) Select Vietnam veteran digitized collections Vietnam War: Looking Back Part 1 Vietnam War: Looking Back Part 2 Vietnam War: Looking Back Part 3 Vietnam War: Looking Back Part 4 Vietnam War image set Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson standing among group of Vietnamese soldiers and Americans during a visit to Saigon, South … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Martin Luther King, Jr. – Why we can’t . . .

The last word in the sign next to Martin Luther King, Jr. is mostly covered by a microphone. List the word that you think is on the sign and why you think that. Read about a book written by Martin Luther King, Jr. and investigate a few related primary sources. Describe what you learned. What do you think he might have been talking about at this press conference? Advertisement for Why We Can't Wait Draft Introduction for "Why We Can't Wait" Draft of Dedication Page for "Why We Can't … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: I Have a Dream Image Sequencing

On August 28, 1963 a march organized by supporters of stronger civil rights legislation drew more than 250,000 people to Washington, D.C. Encouraged and inspired, Martin Luther King, Jr. strayed from the short speech he had prepared and delivered instead his famous extemporaneous I Have a Dream speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Primary sources can help students better understand the power and significance of this historic speech.  In addition to having students complete an image … [Read more...]

Today in History: Mahalia Jackson

Today in History–October 26–the Library of Congress features Mahalia Jackson, born on this day in 1911. The "Queen of Gospel Song" performed at national venues and sang for four presidents in addition to singing "I've Been 'Buked and I Been Scorned" just before Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech during the 1963 march on Washington. If you have access to YouTube, you can hear Ms. Jackson sing that song and see footage of her singing another song at the 1963 civil rights … [Read more...]