November 24, 2017

NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise Topic Ideas: World History Middle East

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. The Crimean War Witness to History: Roger Fenton's Photographs of the Crimean War Picture This blog March 23, 2017 Fenton Crimean War Photographs (background) Speech of Hon. T. L. Clingman, of N. C., in favor of his proposition for a mediation in the … [Read more...]

NHD 2017: Taking a Stand – World History Topic Ideas Part II

These curated resource lists coincide with the order of the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2017 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 1789-1922 unless otherwise noted. Simón Bolívar and Venezuela’s Stand Against Spanish Rule Simón Bolívar historic newspaper coverage Venezuela country study War Crimes Tribunals: Taking a Stand Against Genocide Deng … [Read more...]

NHD 2015: Leadership & Legacy Topic Ideas – World War II & Beyond

Every year National History Day puts together a list of sample topic ideas. TPS-Barat went through that list and selected a subset of those topic ideas to create curated collections highlighting Library of Congress resources. All topic ideas are related to the 2015 NHD theme: Leadership & Legacy in History but the set below focuses on themes related to the 1930s and beyond. Links to more NHD follow this resource list. The Veterans Administration: Leading the Fight for Veterans Rights … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Republics of the Soviet Union

How many Soviet republics are shown on this map? Which three were not recognized by the U.S. government? Use the Library's online zoom feature to compare and contrast this 1991 U.S. CIA map of the Soviet Republics to a 2009 U.S. CIA map of Russian administrative divisions. What major differences do you notice? How are republics referred to in Russia today? Provide a rough estimate of the size difference (kilometers or miles) between the two areas. Which Soviet republics shown on the map … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Russia & the former Soviet Union

These primary source collections relate to Russia as well as the former Soviet Union. Russia primary source set World Digital Library Soviet Union primary source set World Digital Library Treaty on the Creation of the Soviet Union — Signed, Sealed, and Delivered? In Custodia Legis blog January 8, 2013 Meeting of Frontiers, Russia & America in Alaska bilingual, multimedia English-Russian digital library Prokudin-Gorskii Collection color photos from the Russian empire … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Crimea, Ukraine, Russia-Then & Now

Overview Students will collaborate to analyze, compare, and contrast newspaper coverage of events in Crimea and Ukraine in the mid-19th century and early 20th century with  2014 media coverage of events involving Crimea, Ukraine and Russia to illuminate the geopolitical history of the region and consider how examining the past shapes perspectives and understanding of current events. Enduring Understanding: Events and actions of the past affect the present and the future. Instructions 1. As … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Ukraine

Ukraine primary source set World Digital Library Ukraine image set Ukraine maps Historic U.S. newspaper coverage of Ukraine (through 1922) Songs of Ukraine Ukrainian sheet music Foreign Affairs oral histories mentioning Ukraine First Lieutenant Clotilde Kaluta oral history video - WW II service locations: England & Ukraine Odessa: Genius & Death in a City of Dreams streaming webcast U.S. legislation related to Ukraine (through 2013) current legislation Guide … [Read more...]

Today in History: Memo from Stalin

Today in History–August 13–the Library of Congress features a memo from Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, written on this day in 1942. Stalin drafted the memorandum to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt opposing their decision not to invade Western Europe.  Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access resources related to Stalin. Joseph Stalin wrote a memo from America's Library Memo from Soviet … [Read more...]

Today in History: Benjamin Henry Latrobe

Today in History–May 1–the Library of Congress features Benjamin Henry Latrobe, born on this day in 1764. Find out more about early American engineer and architect who helped plan the U.S. Capitol and the White House and many more influential buildings by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access primary sources about Latrobe and architecture. Benjamin Henry Latrobe drawings & plans Benjamin Henry Latrobe correspondence Benjamin Henry Latrobe … [Read more...]

Today in History: Alaska Purchase

Today in History–March 30–the Library of Congress features the United States purchase of Alaska from Russia, which Secretary of State William Seward agreed to on this day in 1867. Opponents of the $7.2 million purchase called it "Seward's Folly" but opinions changed following the discovery of gold and, later, oil. Learn more by reviewing the Today in History section, then clicking the links below. Alaska Purchase from America's Library Meeting of Frontiers: Alaska - The Alaska … [Read more...]