March 23, 2017

Featured Source: A Preacher Tries Farming

The page shown above comes from a transcript of a 1930s oral history interview with George Strester who remembers a memorable Thanksgiving time when his father, a preacher, tried farming in Nebraska in 1873. Click the links below to browse through some related images, then read Strester's whole story. Describe how the images enhanced your understanding of the story. young family, near Woods Park, Custer County, Nebraska sod house near Woods Park, Custer County, Nebraska Mrs. Debusk, … [Read more...]

Today in History: Billy the Kid

Today in History–April 28–the Library of Congress features Billy the Kid, who killed two guards while making his escape from a New Mexico jail on this date in 1881. But was he a folk villain or hero? Find out more by visiting the Today in History April 28 section, then follow the primary source trail to uncover more perspectives on this infamous Wild West character. Billy the Kid Escaped from Jail from America's Library Young Gun Library of Congress blog April 20, 2015 The Authentic … [Read more...]

Today in History: Air Raid on Pearl Harbor

Today in History–December 7–the Library of Congress features the Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor, which occurred on this day in 1941. A hurried Navy dispatch sent out the news: AIR RAID ON PEARL HARBOR X THIS IS NOT DRILL. More than 2,300 Americans were killed, 160 aircraft were destroyed, and 12 ships sank. The next day the United States declared war on Japan. Learn more about this fateful day in U.S. history by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access … [Read more...]

Today in History: Battle of Chattanooga

Today in History–November 23–the Library of Congress features the Battle of Chattanooga, which commenced on this day in 1863. During this three-day Civil War battle, Union forces drove Confederate troops into Georgia, setting the stage for Union General William T. Sherman's triumphant march to the sea a year later. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary sources. Battle of Chattanooga images Battle of Chattanooga … [Read more...]

Today in History: U.S. Declares War on Spain

Today in History–April 25–the Library of Congress features the Spanish-American War, declared on this date in 1898. Learn more about this short, decisive war by visiting the Today in History section and reviewing The World of 1898: The Spanish-American War, then click the links below to learn even more from primary sources. Spanish-American War primary source set The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures Topical (chronological) title list of Spanish-American war motion … [Read more...]

Today in History: Captivity Narratives

Today in History–February 29–the Library of Congress features captivity narratives. On this day in 1704, French soldiers and their Native American allies raided a frontier settlement in Massachusetts, killing many and forcing more to march through heavy snows to Canada (New France). Read more about this incident and other captivity narratives by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access some fascinating primary sources. Texts Captives among the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Mexican-American War

Today in History–February 23–the Library of Congress features the Mexican American War. On this day in 1847 U.S. General Zachary Taylor was victorious over Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna in the Battle of Buena Vista. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to discover more about this war between the U.S. and its southern neighbor. Expanding the nation & the war with Mexico from America's Library Congressional declaration of war on … [Read more...]

Today in History: Spanish-American War

Today in History–February 15–the Library of Congress features the Spanish-American War, sparked on this date in 1898 when an explosion sank the battleship U.S.S. Maine in the Havana, Cuba harbor, killing 266 of the 354 crew members. Two months later, President William McKinley announced a state of war with Spain on April 25, 1898. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section and reviewing The World of 1898: The Spanish-American War, then click the links below to learn even more from … [Read more...]

Today in History: Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

Today in History–February 2–the Library of Congress features the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, signed on this day in 1848. The treaty ended the United States' war with Mexico and extended the U.S. western boundary to the Pacific ocean. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to discover more about this war between the U.S. and its southern neighbor. Check out the treaties section of Congress.gov to access modern-day treaties between the United Stated and … [Read more...]