November 25, 2017

NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise Topic Ideas: U.S. History Mid-19th Century

These curated resource lists coincide with the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise theme sample topics list. The links lead to resources accessed from the Library of Congress (LOC.gov) unless otherwise noted. Note: U.S. historic newspaper coverage is from 1789-1924 unless otherwise noted. Preventing Conflict: The Compromise of 1850 Today in History primary source collections Compromise of 1850 Daniel Webster Henry Clay John C. Calhoun Abolition … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Footrace, Pennsylvania Avenue

According to the summary of this political cartoon, who were the three candidates for president in 1844? What was the president's salary at this time? What is the president's salary now? According to the cartoon summary, who is the favored contender? What details in the cartoon—positioning, symbols, text labels—support this view? Use the Primary Source Nexus search box to find information about the candidates to learn who won the 1844 presidential election. What other observations, … [Read more...]

Today in History: Grover Cleveland

Today in History–June 2–the Library of Congress features President Grover Cleveland, who married Frances Folsom in a White House ceremony on this date in 1886. A lawyer, Cleveland began his political career as mayor of Buffalo, New York, becoming governor of the state the following year and President of the United States just a few years later in 1885. He won the popular vote in the 1888 presidential election but failed to win a majority of the electoral college, thus losing the office to … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Biggest Business in the World

This campaign ad says the United States is the biggest business in the world. Do you think that statement is true today? Why or why not? This campaign ad lists 10 pledges Senator Warren G. Harding promises to uphold. Which 3 do you think are most important for a politician to keep? Explain the reasoning for your choices. What pledges would you make if you were running for political office? Explain the reasoning for your choices. What other observations, reflections or questions does … [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...]

Featured Source: Taft About to Eclipse Bryan

What scientific event does this source facetiously mimic? Do you think the analogy works in this context? Why or why not? This source is referenced as a photographic print but is it a single image? How do you know? How do you think the postcard was made? Do some research to find out more about the 1908 contest between William Howard Taft and William Jennings Bryan. Describe at least three things that you discovered. William Howard Taft primary source collection William Jennings … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Goal!

Without knowing any background information, do you think this political cartoon is positive or negative? Why? Now do some research by following the links below. Who was running for office in 1908? Who was among the candidate's supporters? Theodore Roosevelt William Howard Taft Use the links above to discover what happened in the 1912 election. How might this political cartoon have changed given the circumstances in 1912? What other observations, reflections or questions does … [Read more...]