May 26, 2018

Today in History: Clara Barton & the Red Cross

Today in History–May 21–TPS-Barat features Clarissa "Clara" Barton, who founded the Red Cross on this date in 1881. A former teacher, Barton was working in the U.S. patent office at the start of the Civil War. Despite having little nursing training, Barton administered aid to soldiers at several battlefields,  After the war she established the Missing Soldier Office in Washington, D.C., led effort to establish a national cemetery at Andersonville Prison, and, in 1881, founded the American Red … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Second Amendment & Gun Control

Bill of Rights Second Amendment: contemporary U.S. legislation Second Amendment - Gun Ownership and the Supreme Court Law Library of Congress The social costs of gun ownership National Bureau of Economic Research c2004 Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act Gun control: contemporary U.S. legislation Gun control: implementation of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System April, 2000 What should America do about gun violence? hearing before the Committee on the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Skating

Figure skating "International Style" Figure Skating Championship March 20, 1914 from America's Library Ice-dancing, St. Moritz photograph Timeline & select historical newspaper articles More historical newspaper articles related to figure skating Olympic figure skating historical newspaper coverage How to become a skater; containing full instructions for excelling at figure and speed skating 1904 illustrated book A handbook of figure skating arranged for use on the … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Israel

Places in the News: Israel January 2006 July 2006 May 2008 May 2011 Lebanon / Israel : February 2005 Lebanon / Israel : August 2006 Syria/Israel: January 2000 Syria/Israel: October 2000 Israel country study Israel country profile BBC Israel timeline BBC Israel primary source set World Digital Library Israel maps The children of Israel Egypt Israel peace treaty Israel image set Israel sheet music Israel song recordings U.S. veteran oral … [Read more...]

Today in History: Halifax Explosion

Today in History–December 6–TPS-Barat features the Halifax explosion, which occurred on this day in 1917. The largest man-made explosion in history, killed nearly 2,000, injured around 9,000, and left approximately 6,000 people homeless. It's a story of local devastation but also of multinational cooperation. Click the primary sources and other resources below to learn more. Halifax explosion image set Report on the explosion 7th December, 1917 Canadian War Museum Report of the Halifax … [Read more...]

Today in History: Alaska

Today in History–November 20–the Library of Congress features the Alaska Highway, opened on this date in 1942. Originally known as the Alcan Highway, this 1,500-miles-long roadway connected Dawson Creek, British Columbia, to Fairbanks, Alaska. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more information and primary sources related to the great state of Alaska. Alaska stories from America's Library Alaska primary source set Alaska … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Enemy Aliens & Internment During the World Wars

World War I Historical newspaper coverage Enemy alien historical newspaper coverage 1917-19 German internment historical newspaper coverage 1917-19 Political cartoons Stripped! N.Y. Evening World c1917 Showing them up - see the Herald's enemy alien list I April 12, 1917 The Limit New York Herald March 3, 1918 The Breath of the Hun New York Herald March 28, 1918 Images Internment camp, Fort Douglas Street of internment camp, Fort Douglas Germans being … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Great Britain & the United Kingdom

Great Britain—England, Scotland, and Wales—was established in 1707. Around a century later, together Great Britain and Ireland formed the United Kingdom though, today, only Northern Ireland remains part of the UK. The Library of Congress uses Great Britain in both descriptive and subject cataloging as the conventional form for the United Kingdom. Learning about Great Britain can help students better understand the foundations of U.S. culture and government. Great Britain John Bull and … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Denali National Park

Originally established as Mt. McKinley National Park in 1917, today Denali National Park encompasses 600 million acres of land from low lying taiga forests to the summit of America's tallest peak Denali (20, 310 feet). Learn more about this magical place by clicking the links below. Alaska's High Point from America's Library Mt. McKinley National Park historical newspaper coverage Mount McKinley National Park historical newspaper coverage Teklanika River, Mount McKinley National … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Gambia

Gambia primary source set World Digital Library Gambia country profile BBC Gambia timeline BBC The Gambia map Books & reports about Gambia Webcasts related to Gambia Oral histories mentioning Gambia from the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training Historical newspaper coverage of Gambia (through 1922) U.S. legislation related to Gambia Guide to Law Online: Gambia … [Read more...]