November 16, 2018

Timely Connections: Foundational Lessons in Democracy & Civil Discourse

"Conspiracy theories run amok. Fear of spies and meddling in American politics at the highest levels by foreign powers. A bipartisan divide so bitter that the federal government moves to muzzle what many politicians believe to be a biased, out-of-control news media."Current events? Actually, the excerpt paints a picture of the political climate during John Adam's tenure as president of the United States and is the lead paragraph of a book review from the Christian Science Monitor of Friends … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Poetry

April certainly is not the cruelest month if you're looking for poetry resources from the Library of Congress. LOC.gov has loads of treasures to choose from.Teaching resourcesPrimary Source Learning: Poets & PoetryLibrary collections with significant poetry-related contentPSN poet primary source collectionsSherwood Anderson Gwendolyn Brooks Billy Collins Emily Dickinson Paul Laurence Dunbar Ralph Waldo Emerson Robert Frost Langston Hughes James … [Read more...]

Today in History: Halloween

Today in History–October 31–the Library of Congress features Halloween. On this day many Americans celebrate spookiness and becoming someone else by dressing in costumes. To learn more about the origins of this fun-filled holiday and ideas for finding unique Halloween primary sources, visit the Today in History section then click the links below to access more primary sources related to Halloween, ghosts, and witches.Primary source collectionsLOC Halloween Chambers of Mystery posters … [Read more...]