December 10, 2018

Primary Source Spotlight: Race Riots

Wilmington, North Carolina 1898 race riot1898 newspaper coverageNew York City 1900 race riotsAugust, 1900: select newspaper articles more 1900 newspaper coverageAtlanta, Georgia 1906 race riot1906 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 … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Black Women’s Clubs

In the late nineteenth century black women organized to bolster their communities by undertaking educational, philanthropic and welfare activities.¹National Association of Colored Women reports, articles & other textsNational Association of Colored Women’s Clubs historical newspaper coverageNational Association of Colored Women's Clubs websiteNegro Women’s Clubs historical newspaper coverageAfrican-American women’s clubs in Chicago 1890-1920 Illinois Periodicals … [Read more...]

Collection Spotlight: Civil Rights History Project

The Civil Rights History Project collection is a direct result of the 2009 Civil Rights History Project Act. This law mandated the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) to conduct a survey of existing civil rights oral-history collections and enhance these collections by recording new interviews with people who contributed to the movement. This collection features new oral histories focused on the recollections of previously … [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...]

Learning from the Source: Indian Territory Resettlement

In his article, "Thinking Like an Historian", from the TPS Quarterly archive (now the TPS Journal), Sam Wineburg points out how many students' view of history—memorization—diverges from that of historians—investigation—and offers advice for using primary sources to engage students in the "historical approach". Doing so will help students make more authentic and lasting connections to important historical themes and events as well as give them practice in key Common Core State Standards in … [Read more...]

Today in History: Oklahoma

Today in History–November 16–the Library of Congress features Oklahoma, which became the 46th state on this day in 1907. Find out more about the history and culture of the Sooner state by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access prime primary sources.Oklahoma stories from America’s LibraryOklahoma primary source setOklahoma historical newspapersOklahoma mapsOklahoma books & articlesOklahoma reports, fieldnotes & other … [Read more...]