October 1, 2014

Today in History: Los Angeles

Los Angeles as it appeared in 1871

Today in History–September 04–the Library of Congress features El Pueblo de la Reyna de Los Angeles (The Town of the Queen of the Angels) founded on this day in 1781. Located between the San Gabriel Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Los Angeles remained independent until it was taken in a bloodless effort by U.S. forces during the Mexican American War. Originally focused on agriculture, Los Angeles is now known as a center for tourism and the entertainment industry as well as trade, … [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...]

Today in History: Gold Discovered in California

Sculpture "Gold Rush" at the Robert T. Matsui U.S. Courthouse, Sacramento, California

Today in History–January 24–the Library of Congress features gold, discovered in California on this day in 1848. The discovery was first met with skepticism and the California gold rush did not begin in full receiving an endorsement from President James Polk in December, 1848. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to discover gold-related primary sources and other resources from across the Library. Primary Source Sets Gold rush primary source … [Read more...]