July 25, 2017

Primary Source Learning: Civil War

Civil War photograph lessons & activities The Mathew Brady Bunch New Technologies and New Uses Using Sources: Civil War Photography Technology & Tricks What Do You See? Civil War Photojournalism: A Record of War The Civil War Through a Child’s Eye Collection Connections teaching strategies & activities Abraham Lincoln Papers Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana Civil War Maps Civil War Soldier in the Wild Cat Regiment Poet at Work: … [Read more...]

Today in History: Arlington National Cemetery

Today in History–May 13–the Library of Congress features Arlington National Cemetery. On this day in 1864  a Confederate prisoner of war was buried on the grounds of Arlington House in Virginia, on the Potomac River opposite Washington, D.C. Today, the cemetery is the final resting place for soldiers from every war in which the United States has participated, including the American Revolution and each year Memorial Day is honored by placing a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknowns. In addition to … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Where Do I Run to? Where Do I Hide?

The Library of Congress American Memory Collection Connections are filled with great ideas for primary source learning. Below we highlight an activity from the Civil War Maps Collection Connection. Historical Analysis and Interpretation In many cases the battles of the Civil War were fought by men unfamiliar with the area of the country in which they were fighting. Have students [look at other Battle of Gettysburg maps]. They can then assume the role of a soldier who has never encountered … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Life-Saving Book

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Featured Image: Caricature Curiosity

 Woodward, G. M. (George Moutard). "Caricature curiosity." ca. 1760-1809. Summary: Caricature of a porcine clergyman and a skinny volunteer officer examining caricatures of themselves in what is probably William Holland's printing shop window. Parson Puzzletest is furious, but his companion, Capt. Ruiz, reacts with good humour. … [Read more...]

Today in History: Henry Wirz & Andersonville Prison

Today in History–November 9–the Library of Congress features Confederate officer Henry Wirz, executed as a war criminal on this day in 1865. Wirz was the commanding officer in charge of the Confederate prison at Andersonville, Georgia, also known as Camp Sumter.  Learn more about Banneker by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary source picks and teaching ideas about Wirz, Andersonville and other prisons, and the Civil War previously posted on … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Veteran Teaching Resources & Strategies

"The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war." The Teaching with the Library of Congress blog provides some great starting points for using the Veterans History Project in class activities. More veteran-related primary source and teaching resources are listed below. Veterans' oral history … [Read more...]