April 28, 2017

NHD 2017: CMHEC Topic Ideas – Race, Ethnicity Rights, Justice

These curated resource lists coincide with the order of the topic ideas listed in the Chicago Metro History Fair (formerly CMHEC) NHD 2017 theme-related topic ideas. The links lead to resources from the Primary Source Nexus and the Library of Congress (LOC.gov) unless otherwise noted. Note: U.S. historic newspaper coverage is from 1789-1922 unless otherwise noted. Anti-Lynching Anti-Lynching historic newspaper coverage Primary Source Spotlight: Lynching Recognition of Jean Baptiste … [Read more...]

Today in History: Juan Ponce de León

Today in History–September 27–the Library of Congress features Juan Ponce de León, who was granted permission to settle Bimini Island and Florida on this day in 1514.  Seven years later, in 1521, Ponce de León sailed from Puerto Rico to Florida with two ships, two hundred men, fifty horses, as well as other domestic animals and agricultural tools. Unfortunately, the party was attacked by Seminole Indians and Ponce de León was wounded; an infection resulted and he died later that year … [Read more...]

Today in History: U.S. Declares War on Spain

Today in History–April 25–the Library of Congress features the Spanish-American War, declared on this date in 1898. Learn more about this short, decisive war by visiting the Today in History section and reviewing The World of 1898: The Spanish-American War, then click the links below to learn even more from primary sources. Spanish-American War primary source set The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures Topical (chronological) title list of Spanish-American war motion … [Read more...]

Today in History: Spanish-American War

Today in History–February 15–the Library of Congress features the Spanish-American War, sparked on this date in 1898 when an explosion sank the battleship U.S.S. Maine in the Havana, Cuba harbor, killing 266 of the 354 crew members. Two months later, President William McKinley announced a state of war with Spain on April 25, 1898. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section and reviewing The World of 1898: The Spanish-American War, then click the links below to learn even more from … [Read more...]

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Today in History: Puerto Rico

Today in History–October 18–the Library of Congress features Puerto Rico. On this date in 1898, American troops fighting in the Spanish-American War raised the United States flag in Puerto Rico formalizing U.S. control of this former Spanish colony. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section then click the links below to access more primary sources about this current U.S. commonwealth. Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War primary source collection Puerto Rico at the Dawn of … [Read more...]

Selecting Primary Sources: Considering Historical Context

Understanding historical context is an important element when considering why a primary source was created. The Teaching with the Library of Congress blog outlines characteristics to look for when selecting primary sources that students will be able to place in historical context. For more help providing historical context, look in the Teacher's Guides in the primary source sets and the American Memory Collection Connections (please note that those collections marked with teaching resources are … [Read more...]