October 18, 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...]

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...]

Primary Source Learning: U.S. Presidents

Learning from the Source: lessonsAbraham Lincoln & Me Primary Source Activity Book The Art of Mourning (Lincoln) Monumental Men Mourning Lincoln & the Art of Tribute Presidential Portraits Indian Territory ResettlementFeatured Sources: guided primary source analysis activitiesA Plan of My Farm (Washington) Jefferson’s Pasta Machine Abolition frowned down (Quincy Adams) Rats Leaving a Falling House (Van Buren) Footrace, Pennsylvania Avenue (Tyler … [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...]

Presidential Spotlight: Warren G. Harding

Ask students to deduce which man in the picture above is President Warren G. Harding, using specific details from the image to support their answer.Warren G. Harding 1921 presidential inauguration primary source setWarren G. Harding imagesPresident Harding and Calvin Coolidge filmWarren G. Harding-Carrie Fulton Phillips correspondence"Wild to be loved": The Poetry of President Warren G. Harding From the Catbird Seat February 16, 2015 President Warren Harding’s Love … [Read more...]

Today in History: Pennsylvania Avenue

Today in History–May 23–the Library of Congress features Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. On this day in 1865 the Army of the Potomac paraded down Pennsylvania Avenue in celebration of the end of the Civil War. Just weeks before, mourners had watched Abraham Lincoln's funeral cortege pass by the same route.  A march down Pennsylvania Avenue has been featured in every presidential inauguration march, in the funeral processions of the seven presidents who died in office, as well as in many … [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...]

Finding Resources: Chronicling America Historic Newspaper Topic Guides

The Teaching with Library of Congress blog provides some great tips for finding articles in the Chronicling America Historic Newspaper Collections and provides some teaching ideas as well. Be sure to check out, too, the following learning activity: Comparing Reports: Battle of Little Bighorn.Below is a list of topic guides by subject, each of which includes a list of important dates, search strategies, and sample articles. You can also scroll through these topics by date range or by … [Read more...]