July 20, 2017

Primary Source Spotlight: Gabriela Mistral

Gabriela Mistral was born as Lucila Godoy Alcayaga in Vicuña, Chile in 1889. She is the author of over twelve books of poetry and was the first Hispanic writer awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Mistral also worked as an educator and a diplomat. Learn more about this passionate poet by investigating the resources below. Gabriela Mistral reading her poetry at the Library of Congress 1950 Oración de la Maestra by Gabriela Mistral La Revista de Taos. (Taos, Nuevo México), 21 Oct. … [Read more...]

Today in History: Alfred Nobel Died

Today in History–December 10–TPS-Barat features Alfred Nobel, who died on this date in 1896. December 10 is the day that the Nobel prizes are awarded. Born in Sweden in 1833, Nobel was a technical whiz but also spoke several languages and wrote poetry and play scripts. The inventor of dynamite was also very interested in social issues. Learn more about Nobel and his legacy by reading this In Custodia Legis blog post–Alfred Nobel's Will: A Legal Document that Might Have Changed the World and a … [Read more...]

Today in History: Ernest Hemingway

Today in History–July 21–the Library of Congress features writer Ernest Hemingway, born on this day in 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. Like his father, Hemingway was a hunting and outdoors enthusiast. Seeking adventure, he served as an ambulance driver in Italy in World War I, reported on the Spanish Civil War, and worked as a foreign correspondent in Europe during World War II. Hemingway received a Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for his novel The Old Man and the Sea and the Nobel Prize for Literature in … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Marie Curie

Marie Curie was a brilliant and dedicated scientist who coined the term radioactivity. Her husband Pierre, also a scientist, was so excited about her research that he put his work on hold to help her make quicker progress on hers. In 1898 they discovered two new elements which they named polonium and radium. The Curies went won the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics (shared with Henri Becquerel whose work they had built on) and Marie won the 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. "The Life of Marie … [Read more...]

NHD 2015: Leadership & Legacy Topic Ideas – Beginnings of a New Century

Every year National History Day puts together a list of sample topic ideas. TPS-Barat went through that list and selected a subset of those topic ideas to create curated collections highlighting Library of Congress resources. All topic ideas are related to the 2015 NHD theme: Leadership & Legacy in History but the set below focuses on themes related to the early 20th century. Links to more NHD follow this resource list. Alfred Nobel and the Nobel Prize Historic newspaper coverage: … [Read more...]

Today in History: William Faulkner

Today in History–September 25–the Library of Congress features writer William Faulkner, born on this day in 1897. Faulkner spent much of his youth in Oxford, Mississippi, later transforming what he knew into great literary works. A writer of deep insight, Faulkner also experimented with form and format; he won the 1949 Nobel Prize for Literature and two subsequent Pulitzer Prizes. Learn more about this master of American literature by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links … [Read more...]

Today in History: Jane Addams & Hull House

Today in History–September 6–the Library of Congress features Jane Addams, born on this day in 1860. Addams went on to found Hull House, which provided welfare assistance to needy families and recreation facilities for poor children, and was awarded a Nobel peace prize in 1931. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources about Jane Addams, Hull House, and women's history. Jane Addams stories from America's … [Read more...]