March 30, 2017

Featured Source: The whole story (election 1888) in a nutshell!

Zoom into this 1888 presidential election document online or in a .pdf document. Look closely at the graphical elements of the complete document and compare and contrast the presentation of information in the Harrison and Cleveland maps. Which is more pleasing visually and why? How does the visual presentation affect the tone of each map? Describe your findings using specific details from the maps to support your conclusions. Now compare and contrast the textual information presented on each … [Read more...]

NHD 2017: CMHEC Topic Ideas – Politics, Law, Economy, Arts, Culture

These curated resource lists coincide with the order of the topic ideas listed in the Chicago Metro History Fair (formerly CMHEC) NHD 2017 theme-related topic ideas. The links lead to resources from the Primary Source Nexus and the Library of Congress (LOC.gov) unless otherwise noted. Note: U.S. historic newspaper coverage is from 1789-1922 unless otherwise noted. Albert Parsons Inside/Outside Politics Albert Parsons anarchist historic newspaper coverage International Working People's … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Barack Obama

Barack Obama first inauguration primary source set January 20, 2009 Barack Obama second inauguration primary source set January 21, 2013 President-Elect Obama To Take Oath of Office on Lincoln-Inaugural Bible News from the Library of Congress December 23, 2008 The Lincoln Bible used by Barack Obama at his first inauguration The Book Lincoln and Obama Have In Common video Foreign Affairs oral histories mentioning Barack Obama Barak Obama being sworn in as President of the United … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Spiro Agnew parody

What do you think the artist is trying to tell you through this poster? What details support your conclusion? Find out more about Spiro Agnew. Read the following curator notes: Anything Goes: Caricature Since the 1960s: Edward Sorel, Author and Caricaturist. What three reasons are given for the resurgence of caricature in the mid-1960s? What more did you learn about the art of caricature from the notes? The title of the featured poster mentions that it is a parody. Explain why you think or … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Monopoly Brothers Supported by the Little Consumer

What is the setting of this political cartoon? What details in the source support your conclusion? How is the consumer depicted in this cartoon? How do the coal strikers compare to the trusts? What details in the source support your conclusions? Gov. Osborn is literally jumping on the "Taft bandwagon" in the cartoon. What does this detail suggest about this governor? Now read the bibliographic record. What more did you learn about the political situation in 1912 commented on in … [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...]

World Spotlight: Russia & the former Soviet Union

These primary source collections relate to Russia as well as the former Soviet Union. Russia primary source set World Digital Library Soviet Union primary source set World Digital Library Meeting of Frontiers, Russia & America in Alaska bilingual, multimedia English-Russian digital library Prokudin-Gorskii Collection color photos from the Russian empire 1905-1915 Revelations from the Russian Archives online exhibition Russian Photographs, 1992-2002: Reflections online … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Massachusetts Did It

What is the definition of radicalism? Do you agree with the cartoonist's choice to represent radicalism with a snake? Why or why not? Read the notes for this political cartoon. Do you think the elephant was a good choice to represent the G.O.P, or Republican party? Why or why not? Use the Primary Source Nexus search box to look for more information about Calvin Coolidge. What else did you learn about his political career? What other observations, reflections or questions does this … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Shifting Perspectives of Iran

Enduring Understandings* Politics is a process to determine who governs and for what purposes. Time, place, and culture influence our perspectives on people and issues. Different perspectives affect the interpretation of history. Activity Have students collaborate to compare and contrast how visual and text sources have described and depicted the country of Iran over time. Sources Maps/infographics Iran, ethnic distribution, created 2004 by the United States Central … [Read more...]

Today in History: Television

Today in History–August 19–the Library of Congress features children's television. On this date in 1950, ABC aired its first Saturday morning children's television shows: Animal Clinic and the variety show Acrobat Ranch, which featured two young acrobats, Tumbling Tim and Flying Flo, and children competing in games and stunts. Learn more about children's television as well as the history of television by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links below. Television image … [Read more...]