November 14, 2018

Primary Source Spotlight: Shirley Chisholm

U.S. legislation Sponsored or Cosponsored by Representative Shirley Chisholm 1969-1983U.S. legislation related to Representative Shirley Chisholm 1984 to presentShirley Chisholm image setDiplomat oral histories mentioning Shirley Chisholm (search the .pdf documents for Chisholm)Aaron Dixon civil rights oral history transcript discussing Shirley Chisholm"Women on the Ballot" Library of Congress Magazine January/February 2017 (pp. 16-19)"Women on the Move" Library of … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton first inauguration primary source set January 20, 1993Bill Clinton second inauguration primary source set January 20, 1997Bob Hope and President Bill Clinton at National Medal of Arts presentations on the South Lawn of the White House October 5, 1995Bill Clinton image setPresident Clinton mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History CollectionBill Clinton political cartoons by Ann TelnaesFuture Campaign Confessions To Look Forward To . . . February 8, 1998 … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan first inauguration primary source set January 20, 1981Ronald Reagan second inauguration primary source set January 21, 1985Ronald Reagan mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History CollectionGovernor Ronald Reagan 1966 photographRonald Reagan image setRonbo satirical photomontageHerblock painting McCarthy, Nixon, Reagan, and ClintonHerb Block on Ronald Reagan political cartoonsMore Ronald Reagan political cartoons by Herb Block"The Gods are … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter inauguration primary source set January 20, 1977President Jimmy Carter Signed the Panama Canal Treaty September 7, 1977 from America's LibraryJimmy Carter image setCarl Sagan Briefing notes for President Carter and Vice President Walter MondalePolitical cartoonist Herb Block on President Jimmy Carter"Gee! A medal from Gen. Goldwater" July 2, 1976 (curator's note: scroll to find) "... One nation ... indivisible ..." February 22, 1977 (curator's note: scroll … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Gerald R. Ford

Legislation Sponsored or Cosponsored by Gerald R. Ford 93rd Congress (1973-1974)Gerald R. Ford oath of office August 9, 1974Gerald Ford image setPolitical cartoonist Herb Block on Gerald Ford"Remember--don't vote for anyone who would interfere with the way we've been handling things" October 30, 1974 (curator's note: scroll to find) “It Helps Maintain a Better Balance” 1975 "Gee! A medal from Gen. Goldwater" July 2, 1976 (curator's note: scroll to find)Fordzie: Happy … [Read more...]

Today in History: George H.W. Bush

Today in History–January 6–the Library of Congress features George Herbert Walker Bush who married Barbara Pierce on this date in 1945 while on leave from active U.S. navy duty in World War II. Bush entered politics after a career in the Texas oil industry. He served in the House of Representatives in the 1960s and in the 1970s his political appointments included U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in China, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Republics of the Soviet Union

How many Soviet republics are shown on this map? Which three were not recognized by the U.S. government?Use the Library's online zoom feature to compare and contrast this 1991 U.S. CIA map of the Soviet Republics to a 2009 U.S. CIA map of Russian administrative divisions. What major differences do you notice? How are republics referred to in Russia today?Provide a rough estimate of the size difference (kilometers or miles) between the two areas. Which Soviet republics shown on the map … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Cartoonist Commentary-Vietnam War

U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War lasted more than a decade. Have students analyze political cartoons from the primary source sets below to consider different issues related to this war and how cartoonists' perspectives of U.S. involvement evolved over time. If students are not practiced at analyzing political cartoons, use the accompanying resources to help prepare and guide students in this type of primary source analysis. You may choose to have students analyze the cartoons twice, first … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Vietnam War

Vietnam Veteran collectionsAll Vietnam veteran digitized oral history collections (some contain additional items such letters, photos, etc.) Select Vietnam veteran digitized collectionsVietnam War: Looking Back Part 1 Vietnam War: Looking Back Part 2 Vietnam War: Looking Back Part 3 Vietnam War: Looking Back Part 4Vietnam War image setVice-President Lyndon B. Johnson standing among group of Vietnamese soldiers and Americans during a visit to Saigon, South … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Protest & Reform Primary Source Set

Have students use the primary sources in this set to tell a story about protest and reform in the United States. (For background information, check the bibliographic records for dates then review the relevant sections of the American Memory timeline.) Related primary source collections highlighted on the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus are linked to below. The story may be in digital or print form. It could be nonfiction, fiction, poetry, or even a song. Click on each thumbnail image below to … [Read more...]