July 20, 2017

Learning from the Source: Cesar Chavez & Good Citizenship

This activity is adapted from lessons in the Barat Education Foundation Our American Voice® program. This civics program for 4-8 graders features a spiral curriculum and emphasizes critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills as students learn the fundamentals of American democracy and work to create positive change in their communities. Overview Using Cesar Chavez as an example, students consider how good citizens contribute to their communities and work together to affect … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Labor

Primary source lesson plans & activities Child Labor in America Child Labor and the Building of America Primary Source Learning: Protest & Reform Primary Source Set Primary Source Learning: Chicago Anarchists & the Haymarket Affair Learning from the Source: Chicago Meatpackers & the Unions Learning from the Source: Dust Bowl Songs & Photographs Learning from the Source: Media & Migrant Laborer Perspectives New Deal Programs: Brother, Can You Spare a … [Read more...]

Collection Spotlight: Civil Rights History Project

The Civil Rights History Project collection is a direct result of the 2009 Civil Rights History Project Act. This law mandated the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) to conduct a survey of existing civil rights oral-history collections and enhance these collections by recording new interviews with people who contributed to the movement. This collection features new oral histories focused on the recollections of previously … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Women’s Road to the Vote

Don't miss these great woman suffrage teaching resources using Library of Congress primary sources! Woman suffrage source set & teaching guide Lesson plans Learning from the Source: Tactics in the March to Suffrage Literature Links: Predicting & Inferring about Woman Suffrage Primary Source Investigation: Hazel Hunkins, Billings Suffragist Primary Source Investigation: Suffrage Suffragists and Their Tactics Teaching Now: Going Gaga Over Suffrage Teaching Now: … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Protest & Reform Primary Source Set

Have students use the primary sources in this set to tell a story about protest and reform in the United States. (For background information, check the bibliographic records for dates then review the relevant sections of the American Memory timeline.) Related primary source collections highlighted on the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus are linked to below. The story may be in digital or print form. It could be nonfiction, fiction, poetry, or even a song. Click on each thumbnail image below to … [Read more...]

Today in History: Picketing for Suffrage

Today in History–August 28–the Library of Congress features the arrest of 10 suffragists for picketing the White House on this day in 1917. The protestors hoped to pressure President Woodrow Wilson to support the proposed "Anthony amendment" to the Constitution that would guarantee women the right to vote. He finally did that in January of 1918 and the long hard vote to suffrage was finally earned two years later on August 18, 1920 when the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified. Learn more about the … [Read more...]

Today in History: The “Bonus Army”

Today in History–July 28–the Library of Congress features the "Bonus Army" or "Bonus Expeditionary Forces (B.E.F.)", some 15-20,000 World War I veterans who  camped out in the nation's capital to request early payment of cash bonuses not payable to them until 1945. On July 28, 1932 the protestors were met by Major George S. Patton and federal troops—cavalry, machine-gunners, and infantry—under the direction of General Douglas MacArthur on President Herbert Hoover's orders. Riots broke out but … [Read more...]