September 23, 2017

Featured Source: Grandma’s Toilet

The title of this print is "Grandma's Toilet". Zoom into this artwork and use details from the image to figure out what toilet meant in this time (1893) and context. After, look up different definitions of toilet. What can you infer, or figure out, about the relationship between the young girl and the older woman? Use details from the image to support your inferences or ideas. Using your learnings from the previous two activities to guide you, create a similar modern-day image with an … [Read more...]

Featured Source: For United America, YWCA

The shields displayed on this poster represent the flags of various countries. Do some research to see how many countries you can identify and make a list. Zoom into a larger image of this poster. Look closely at the details. For what purpose do you think this poster was created? What details from the print and your own background knowledge helped you to reach that conclusion? How does your conclusion compare with the summary in the bibliographic record for this print, which suggests a … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Theory. Practice. Effect.

Use only details from the illustrations and text to determine what the author of this print wanted the audience to know (view larger image) about these people and their relation to an important historical event. Use evidence from the source to support your conclusions. Now review the bibliographic record from a copy of this source and read the summary carefully. Describe what more you learned about this engraving and how that influences what you believe the author of this print wanted … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Twentieth-century transportation

List the different types of transportation that you see. How many instances of each type can you spot in the print? How have these types of transportation changed in the 21st century? What are some new types of transportation? What types of transportation can you imagine there might be in the 22nd century? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Jeannette and her mother seated on a sofa

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Analyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Images

They say pictures are worth a thousand words. Primary source images, whether they are photographs or prints, provide windows into unique perspectives of people, places, and events. The analysis of primary source images helps scaffold and differentiate learning and aligns closely to the Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS). The Library of Congress is a treasure trove of primary source images, the bulk of which you will find in the American Memory collections and the Prints & … [Read more...]

Today in History: John F. Kennedy Assassinated

Today in History–November 22–the Library of Congress features John F. Kennedy, assassinated on this day in 1963. Find out more about this tragic day in our nation's history by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more resources and individual primary sources related to the 35th president of the United States. Primary sources Documents  and images from John F. Kennedy's 1961 inauguration Robert Frost's poem Dedication written for Kennedy's 1961 … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Prairie Dog Sickened at the Sting of the Hornet

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Featured Image: Scenes from the American Revolution

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Featured Source: Tree of Liberty

Analyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Political Cartoons Save this primary source in .pdf format to your computer. Open it up and use a magnifying glass to look carefully at the political cartoon; if you are having trouble reading the text, use the transcription provided in the summary above. The illustration shows both northern and southern points of view. What groups are represented in the northern point of view? What groups are represented in the southern point of view? What … [Read more...]