November 25, 2017

NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise Topic Ideas: U.S. History Mid-19th Century

These curated resource lists coincide with the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise theme sample topics list. The links lead to resources accessed from the Library of Congress (LOC.gov) unless otherwise noted. Note: U.S. historic newspaper coverage is from 1789-1924 unless otherwise noted. Preventing Conflict: The Compromise of 1850 Today in History primary source collections Compromise of 1850 Daniel Webster Henry Clay John C. Calhoun Abolition … [Read more...]

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...]

NHD 2016: CMHEC Topic Ideas – Civil Rights

Below you will find Library of Congress resources curated by TPS-Barat that relate to National History Day 2016 topic ideas from the Chicago Metro History Education Center. This set specifically focuses on civil rights but all topic ideas are related to the 2016 NHD theme: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. More CMHEC topics will be referenced in subsequent posts. American Indians in Chicago during Progressive Era American Indians Chicago: historic newspaper articles … [Read more...]

Today in History: Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Today in History–June 5–the Library of Congress features Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. This iconic American novel originally appeared in serial form, the first installment published on this day in 1851 in the abolitionist weekly the Washington National Era. The following year Stowe's book was published and became an instant bestseller and later became a theatrical hit. Find out more Stowe and this American tale by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to … [Read more...]

Today in History: Plessy v. Ferguson

Today in History–May 18–the Library of Congress features the Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson, which ruled on this day in 1896 that separate-but-equal facilities on intrastate railroads were constitutional. The decision gave legal sanction to Jim Crow segregation laws and the decision was not reversed until May 17, 1954 when the Supreme Court unanimously agreed that segregation was unconstitutional in the case of Brown v. the Board of Education. Unfortunately, it would take even longer to … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Brewer & Baseball

Today in History–March 28–the Library of Congress features brewing magnate and baseball team owner August Anheuser Busch Jr., born on this day in 1899. As CEO of the Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., Busch convinced the company board of directors to purchase the St. Louis Cardinals team, halting the team’s move to another city. Learn more about Busch and baseball by visiting the Today in History section, then clicking the links below. Anheuser Busch primary source image set Anheuser … [Read more...]

Today in History: Raymond Loewy

Today in History–March 22–the Library of Congress features industrial designer Raymond Loewy, who presented his designs for a sleek roadster he called the Avanti to the Studebaker Corporation on this day in 1961. Loewy designed cars for other companies too as well as locomotives and a wide assortment of both industrial and consumer products. Learn more about "father of industrial design" by visiting the Today in History section, then take a look at this Exxon company logo and the sources … [Read more...]

Today in History: Rosa Parks Arrested

Today in History–December 1–the Library of Congress features Rosa Parks, arrested for civil disobedience on this day in 1955. Find out more about this brave woman who helped spark the U.S. civil rights movement by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more related primary sources and resources. Rosa Parks Papers documents & photos AMA: Rosa Parks – Explore her life and legacy through her personal papers at the Library of Congress Reddit Ask … [Read more...]

Today in History: First American Automobile Race

Today in History–November 28–the Library of Congress features the first American automobile race, run on this day in 1895. Inventor J. Frank Duryea, battled snow and breakdowns to win the 54-mile race from Chicago's Jackson Park to Evanston, Illinois in just over 10 hours. Learn more about early automobiles and the sport of auto racing by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more resources from across the Library. For a race map and photos of the top two … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Amateur Night @ the Apollo Race Relations

Read an oral history excerpt or the full oral history account by an audience member who attended amateur night at the Apollo Theater in November, 1938. African Americans and a few whites crowded the [Apollo] theater to enjoy--and mock--amateur musicians. In this account from American Life Histories, 1936-1940, Federal Writer Dorothy West describes an event that happened [there]. What does this event suggest about race relations in the late 1930s? What is West's view of the actions of the … [Read more...]