August 18, 2018

NHD 2019: Early U.S. History

Salem Witch TrialsToday in History: Salem Witch Trials background, primary sources, secondary sourcesAmerican Settlers Versus Native AmericansStories from America's LibraryRaid of Deerfield, Massachusetts in Queen Anne's War Roger Williams & Freedom in Rhode IslandCurated source collections: background, primary sources, secondary sourcesThanksgiving Wampanoag Jamestown Captivity Narratives Fort Necessity & the French and Indian War … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: American Revolution

American Revolution primary source setThe American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts collectionMapping the American Revolution and Its EraAmerican Memory Timeline: American Revolution select primary sources & primary source analysis promptsOnline exhibitionsThe American Revolution - John Bull and Uncle Sam: Four Centuries of British-American Relations  Creating the United States: Revolution of the Mind Declaring Independence: Drafting the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Alexander Hamilton

Today in History: Alexander Hamilton background information & select primary sourcesAlexander Hamilton Papers Library of Congress Blog August 29, 2017Alexander Hamilton Papers collectionAlexander Hamilton image setAlexander Hamilton items in the Creating the United States online exhibitionReport of the Committee of Detail with annotations by Alexander Hamilton Report of the Committee of Style with annotations by Alexander Hamilton A Champion to Challenge Alexander … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Thomas Paine

Common Sense 1776image of original cover pageAmerican Treasures: Thomas Paine’s Common SensePlain truth; addressed to the inhabitants of America, containing, remarks on a late pamphlet, entitled Common sense signed “Rationalis”image of original cover pageThe American crisis (No. 1) transcriptionimage of original cover pageMore Thomas Paine writings Thomas Paine National Historical AssociationThomas Paine correspondenceThomas Paine historical newspaper … [Read more...]

Today in History: Nathan Hale

Today in History–September 22–the Library of Congress features Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale, who was hanged for spying on British troops on this date in 1776. This teacher turned soldier is famous for the words he allegedly spoke before his execution, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." Find out more about patriot Nathan Hale by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related resources.Patriot Nathan Hale Was Hanged from … [Read more...]

Today in History: Preliminary Articles of Peace Ratified

Today in History–April 15–the Library of Congress features the Continental Congress ratification of the preliminary articles of peace  with Great Britain on this date in 1783. Negotiations to conclude the Revolutionary War had begun a year earlier. "International intrigue and intense negotiation preceded the formulation of these preliminary articles." The final, formal treaty was signed on September 3, 1783 and guaranteed U.S. independence as well as awarding the territory between the 13 … [Read more...]

Today in History: Washington’s Continental Congress Correspondence

Today in History–March 24–the Library of Congress features a letter George Washington wrote to the Continental Congress on this date in 1776, one week after British troops evacuated Boston but remained nearby. In the letter General Washington expressed his surprise and disappointment at the situation and went on to describe the exploits of the British in the area. During the Revolution, Washington maintained frequent correspondence with Congress. Learn more by visiting the Today in … [Read more...]

Today in History: Robert R. Livingston

Today in History–November 27–the Library of Congress features statesman Robert R. Livingston, born on this day in 1746. Born into a prominent New York family, Livingston was a politically active lawyer. He was on the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence, helped draft New York's first constitution, and served as minister to France at the time of the Louisiana Purchase. Find out more about this revolutionary politico by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: The Places You’ll Go with Maps

The Library of Congress has custody of the largest and most comprehensive cartographic collection in the world and there are so many places you can visit with the Library of Congress' fabulous digitized map collections. Take a look at the wide variety of maps you can explore in incredible detail and discover engaging primary source lessons and activities. Zoom in now! Map CollectionsAmerican Revolution Maps & Charts of North America & the West Indies 1750-1789 an important … [Read more...]

Today in History: John André & Benedict Arnold

Today in History–October 2–the Library of Congress features Revolutionary War officers Major John André and Brigadier General Benedict Arnold. On this day in 1780 André, a British intelligence officer, was hanged as a spy after being caught with papers concerning Arnold's treasonous dealings. Only a short time before, the Continental army general had agreed to surrender West Point to the British in exchange for 20,000 pounds. Although he avoided Major André's ignoble fate and served in the … [Read more...]