August 24, 2017

Primary Source Spotlight: Race Riots

Wilmington, North Carolina 1898 race riot 1898 newspaper coverage New York City 1900 race riots August, 1900: select newspaper articles more 1900 newspaper coverage Atlanta, Georgia 1906 race riot 1906 newspaper coverage E. W. Evans oral history transcript Atlanta riot recollections Letter from Francis Jackson Garrison to Booker T. Washington concerning the Atlanta Riot October 7, 1906 Mary White Ovington covered the Atlanta riot Journalist Ray Stannard Baker after … [Read more...]

Today in History: Poughkeepsie, New York

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...]

Today in History: Manhattan Island

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...]

Featured Source: Astor Theatre – The Great Ziegfeld

Where do you think this photograph was taken? Zoom into the photo and describe this place using details from the image to inform your description. (Save the link in the previous sentence to download the image to your computer which will allow you to zoom in with greater detail.) Next, make a guess at what decade this photo is from and describe what you think life was like at this time. Review the bibliographic record for this primary source. Then do some research and find out what this … [Read more...]

Today in History: United States Military Academy at West Point

Today in History–March 16–the Library of Congress features United States Military Academy at West Point, founded on this date in 1802. Located on the Hudson River north of New York City,  West Point is one of the world's oldest military service academies and was attended by many of the nation's leading military commanders.  The academy is well known for its high standards of discipline and scholarship, instituted early on by Colonel Sylvanus Thayer, superintendent at West Point from 1817 to … [Read more...]

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

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...]

Today in History: Vassar College

Today in History–April 29–the Library of Congress features Vassar College. College founder Matthew Vassar was born on this date in 1792. Vassar donated half of the fortune he made in the brewing business and 200 acres in Poughkeepsie, New York to establish a premier women's college. The college was opened in 1861 and includes many alumnae of distinction. Find out more about them and Vassar College by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access related … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: New York

New York stories from America’s Library New York primary source set New York state maps Greater New York Illustrated (1899) Pictorial Americana: Selected images of New York state New York state images New York state books & articles New York historical newspapers New York state reports, printed ephemera, correspondence & other texts New York state sheet music New York state oral histories & songs New York legislation New York Guide to Law … [Read more...]

City Spotlight: New York City

New York City maps Featured Sources & Images Featured Source: Astor Theatre – The Great Ziegfeld Featured Source: Hippodrome Theater Featured Image: Outside watch shop Featured Image: Engine Company 54 lost 15 men, 9/11/01 Greater New York Illustrated: Over one hundred and fifty photographic views of the foremost city of the western hemisphere (1898) New York City images from American Memory More New York City images New York City historical newspapers New … [Read more...]

Today in History: Robert R. Livingston

Today in History–November 27–the Library of Congress features statesman Robert R. Livingston, born on this day in 1746. Born into a prominent New York family, Livingston was a politically active lawyer. He was on the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence, helped draft New York's first constitution, and served as minister to France at the time of the Louisiana Purchase. Find out more about this revolutionary politico by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links … [Read more...]