July 25, 2014

State Spotlight: South Carolina

Chicora the original name of Carolina

South Carolina stories from America’s Library South Carolina primary source set South Carolina maps South Carolina books & articles South Carolina historical newspapers South Carolina sheet music South Carolina oral histories, songs & dialect recordings South Carolina WPA life histories South Carolina images South Carolina legislation South Carolina Guide to Law Online Today in History: Charleston, South Carolina More U.S. state primary source … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Religion

Religion

PSN primary source collections Today in History: Religious Freedom Today in  History: John Carroll, First Bishop of Baltimore Today in History: Cardinal James Gibbons Today in History: Anne Marbury Hutchinson Today in History: William Penn Today in History: Brigham Young & the Mormon Pioneers Today in History: Phyllis Wheatley American Memory Collections The American Colony in Jerusalem, 1870-2006 The Church in the Southern Black Community, 1780-1925 Early … [Read more...]

Today in History: Frank Sinatra

Portrait of Frank Sinatra and Axel Stordahl

Today in History–July 13–the Library of Congress features Frank Sinatra, who made his recording debut on this day in 1939 with the Harry James band. After, Sinatra sang with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra before beginning his solo career. On his own, Sinatra became a teenage sensation but would later appeal to music and movie fans of multiple generations. Learn more about this talented artist by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary … [Read more...]

Today in History: Jelly Roll Morton

jellyroll

Today in History–July 10–the Library of Congress features jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton, who died on this day in 1941. Born Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe in New Orleans, Louisiana, Morton billed himself as "Jelly Roll" while playing minstrel and vaudeville shows. In addition to jazz, Morton also played ragtime, blues and spirituals. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more jazz resources from the Library. Jelly Roll Morton from America's … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Alaska

Prince William Sound, Alaska

Alaska stories from America's Library Alaska primary source set Alaska maps Alaska images Alaska books Alaska reports & other texts Alaska sheet music Alaska songs Veteran oral histories: Alaska service Alaska films Alaska legislation Alaska Guide to Law Online Alaska Purchase primary source collections & teaching resources Iditarod primary source collection Harriman Alaska Expedition: Chronicles & Souvenirs May to August … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: James Buchanan

Grand national inauguration ball

James Buchanan inauguration primary source set James Buchanan speeches Inaugural address March 4, 1857 First annual message to Congress December 8, 1857 Second annual message to Congress December 6, 1858 Third annual message to Congress December 19, 1859 Fourth annual message to Congress December 3, 1860 James Buchanan sheet music Buchanan galop Buchanan schottisch, op. 30 A national song Welcome Buchanan! Wheatland march Wheatland polka Wheatland … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: New Hampshire

The State of New Hampshire. Compiled chiefly from actual surveys.

New Hampshire stories from America’s Library New Hampshire primary source set New Hampshire maps New Hampshire books & articles Correspondence related to New Hampshire New Hampshire oral histories & songs New Hampshire sheet music New Hampshire films Pictorial Americana: Selected images of New Hampshire New Hampshire images from American Memory More New Hampshire images New Hampshire legislation New Hampshire Guide to Law Online Today in History: … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Canada

O Canada!

Canada primary sources from the World Digital Library Canada maps Books & other texts about Canada Reports & correspondence related to Canada Canada historic newspaper coverage The Nineteenth Century in Print: Periodicals enter Canada in the search descriptive information box to access 100 periodical articles Canada image set Canada/Canadian images from American Memory Historic films featuring Canada Canada/Canadian song recordings Canada/Canadian sheet … [Read more...]

Today in History: Tennessee Secedes

Lookout Mountain, Tennessee: and the Chattanooga Rail Road

Today in History–June 8–the Library of Congress features Tennessee, which voted in favor of secession by two-to-one on this date in 1861. Tennessee resident and future president Andrew Johnson broke with his party over this issue. Find out more about about this era by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access thousands of Tennessee state primary sources from the Library. Tennessee stories from America's Library Tennessee primary source set Tennessee … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Women in Baseball

Princeton University woman baseball player

Use this primary source set of women in baseball to have students examine cultural attitudes of American women from the late 1800s through the 1920s. You might start with having students complete a gallery walk with the images. After, you might have them analyze the song lyrics and read various newspaper articles (be sure to have them read about the newspaper as well; to do so, click on the newspaper name). Next, you might challenge students to put the images in chronological order. Then you … [Read more...]