May 26, 2017

Featured Source: Origin of April Fool’s Day

For elementary & middle school students Read this newspaper article, then make a list of the countries mentioned that celebrate April Fool's Day and information about how they celebrate the day. Explain which story you found funniest or most interesting. Create an April Fool's Day poem using information from the article and your own experiences. For elementary & middle school students Read this newspaper article, then make a list of the countries mentioned that celebrate … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Black Women’s Clubs

In the late nineteenth century black women organized to bolster their communities by undertaking educational, philanthropic and welfare activities.¹ National Association of Colored Women reports, articles & other texts National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs historical newspaper coverage National Association of Colored Women's Clubs website Negro Women’s Clubs historical newspaper coverage African-American women’s clubs in Chicago 1890-1920 Illinois Periodicals … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Marie Curie

Marie Curie was a brilliant and dedicated scientist who coined the term radioactivity. Her husband Pierre, also a scientist, was so excited about her research that he put his work on hold to help her make quicker progress on hers. In 1898 they discovered two new elements which they named polonium and radium. The Curies went won the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics (shared with Henri Becquerel whose work they had built on) and Marie won the 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. "The Life of Marie … [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...]

Primary Source Learning: Immigration

Primary source sets Immigration Challenges for New Americans includes teacher's guide Mexican American Migrations and Communities includes teacher's guide Primary Source Learning: Immigration Primary Source Set telling the story of immigration to the United States with primary sources Primary source lesson plans The American West: Images of Its People Creating a Primary Source Archive: All History Is Local The Immigrant Experience: Down the Rabbit Hole Immigration History … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: League of Nations

Topics in Chronicling America - League of Nations More League of Nations historical newspaper coverage League of Nations texts, including address transcripts 1916-1929 Speeches about the League of Nations audio recordings and transcripts The League of Nations: A Pictoral Survey 1925-28 League of Nations mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection League of Nations sheet music World War I: A New World Order — Woodrow Wilson's First Draft of the League of Nations … [Read more...]

Today in History: General John J. Pershing

Today in History–July 15–the Library of Congress features General John J. Pershing, who died on this date in 1948. Pershing received a hero's burial at Arlington National Cemetery, a fitting tribute to the only military leader since George Washington to earn the title General of the Armies of the United States. Find out more about this officer who led troops from the cavalry to World War I by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Signing the declaration of their independence

Compare and contrast the illustration above with this well-known black-and-white print. What similarities do you notice? What differences do you see? What do you think is the meaning of this illustration, which is a political cartoon? Now read the bibliographic record for this political cartoon. Do you think this illustration is a good argument for or against supporting woman suffrage, or the right of women to vote? Why? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Washington D.C. Invites You to the Opening of Congress

According to this ad, how could you get your free trip to Washington D.C.? How would you get to the U.S. capital from your home town today? How much would it cost? What can you still see now that you could see then? What places would be on your list of "must sees"? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Women in Baseball

Use this primary source set of women in baseball to have students examine cultural attitudes of American women from the late 1800s through the 1920s. You might start with having students complete a gallery walk with the images. After, you might have them analyze the song lyrics and read various newspaper articles (be sure to have them read about the newspaper as well; to do so, click on the newspaper name). Next, you might challenge students to put the images in chronological order. Then you … [Read more...]