August 17, 2018

Primary Source Spotlight: Wampanoag

The Wampanoag the tribe in Massachusetts is famous for having helped the Pilgrims to survive the first difficult winters in America. Learn more by clicking through to the links below.ImagesWampanoag image set Massasoit and his warriors Massasoit--On his way to meet the Pilgrims and sign the Peace Treaty Goffe rallying the men of Hadley [in defense of Indian attack during King Philip's War, Hadley, Mass., 1675-76]Historic newspaper coverageMassasoit 1838-1922 King … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: The Seminoles

Seminole image setPolitical cartoons related to the SeminolesMaps related to the SeminolesSeminole song recordingsBooks about the SeminolesIndian Chieftain newspaper 1882-1902Seminole Indians historic newspaper coverage through 1922Modern-day legislation related to the SeminolesSkulls, Scalps and Seminoles: Science and Violence in Florida, 1800-1842 streaming webcastSeminole Chief OsceolaOsceola in Florida background Osceola of Florida portrait … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Navajo

Navajo image setMore Navajo imagesNavajo books, reports & other documentsIndian (Navajo) Land Cessions in the U.S. 1784-1894Historical newspaper coverage: Navajo IndiansThe Navajo mentions in personal narrativesNavajo related oral history audio recordingsOral history stories of the Long WalkNavajo code talkers veterans oral historiesNavajo song and dance articleDineh Tah Navajo Dancers flyerDineh Tah Navajo Dancers video recordingU.S. … [Read more...]

Today in History: War of 1812

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...]

Today in History: Indian Citizenship Act

Today in History–June 2–the Library of Congress features the Indian Citizenship Act, enacted on this date in 1924. The act finally granted official U.S. citizenship to to all Native Americans born in the U.S. But because voting rights were governed by state law, some Native American citizens were barred from voting in political elections until 1957. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more stories and primary sources related to Indian, or … [Read more...]

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

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 and his troops 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 … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Western Expansion & Manifest Destiny

This set of primary sources and teaching resources focuses, primarily, on the time period 1800-1860.Western expansion stories from America's LibraryWestern expansion timeline (includes primary source activities)Primary Source setsWestern expansion (includes teacher guide) Primary Source Learning: Expansion & Reform (includes learning activity)Primary source collectionsPioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, 1820-1910 … [Read more...]

Today in History: Carl Schurz

Today in History–October 29–the Library of Congress features journalist and politician Carl Schurz. On this date in 1855, the recent German immigrant wrote his wife, Margarethe Meyer Schurz, about his hope for their future in America. Exactly five years later Schurz sent his wife another letter, this time from Abraham Lincoln’s presidential campaign trail. Schurz served as a U.S. senator and worked with several presidents, most notably as secretary of the interior under Rutherford B. Hayes. In … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Journalistic Analysis

Your assignment is to prepare to write an article to accompany the image you were given. Take time to carefully study the image details. Then brainstorm a list of questions you would need answered in order to write the article about this image. Be deliberate and creative about the point of view from which you would choose to write the article.Journalistic Analysis printout (.pdf)CCSS writing standards 8, 9, 10 … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Zooming into Documentary Photography

Zoom into the picture above and you will see a face recognizable to many. The mother in the photo is Florence Thompson, most famously known as the migrant mother. This photograph was one in a series taken in 1936 by Resettlement Administration photographer Dorothea Lange. In this primary source activity, students will examine photographs individually and as a set. They will then analyze a variety of primary sources and texts to use as evidence in an essay that defines documentary photography, … [Read more...]