September 16, 2014

Today in History: Saint-Mihiel Offensive

Image from The Stars and Stripes (Paris, France), September 27, 1918, Vol. 1 No. 34

Today in History–September 12–the Library of Congress features the Saint-Mihiel offensive, launched in France on this day in 1918. The offensive liberated a strategic area that Germany had held for four years. Just two months later, World War I ended with the signing of the Armistice on November 11, 1918. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more related primary sources. St. Mihiel images Map showing position of German Army geologic … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Rough Riders

Colonel Roosevelt and his Rough Riders at the top of the hill which they captured, Battle of San Juan

Today in History–July 1–the Library of Congress features the rough riders. On this day in 1898 these voluntary cavalrymen, led by Theodore Roosevelt, helped to secure a U.S. victory in the Battle of Santiago, the decisive battle of the short-lived Spanish-American War. The rough riders stormed Kettle Hill, then joined in the capture of the San Juan Hill complex in Cuba. Find out more about these soldiers who captured the attention of the American public by visiting the Today in History section, … [Read more...]

Today in History: Arlington National Cemetery

Sailor and girl at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Washington, D.C.

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...]

Featured Image: Memorial day

Memorial Day

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Today in History: Memorial Day

Memorial Day, May 30th

Today in History–May 30–the Library of Congress features Memorial Day, first celebrated on this day in 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery, where both Confederate and Union soldiers were buried. Learn more about this national day of observance celebrating those who died in defense of the United States by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more related primary sources. Featured Image: Memorial Day (from Puck magazine) Featured Image: Memorial Day, … [Read more...]

Featured Image: American politics and the Tapeworm Party

Illustrated political chart, a cartoon of American politics and the Tapeworm Party

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Today in History: First U.S. Daily Newspaper

Constitution of the U.S., p. 1

Today in History–September 21–the Library of Congress features the beginning of publication of the nation's first daily newspaper, the Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser, on this day in 1784. Prior to 1784 the newspaper's publisher, John Dunlap, had published a weekly newspaper. Dunlap's shop had also printed the first broadside copies of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Continuing to serve the changing needs of the government, Dunlap and his partner David Claypoole printed the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: World War I Teaching Resources

The American Red Cross wants clothes to send over-seas to Belgium and Northern France

The Teaching with Library of Congress blog provides some great primary source teaching ideas related to supporting the troops, focusing in on wartime clothing drives. Be sure to check out these World War I clothing-related posters. There are also lots more teaching resources to draw from. Learning from Experience: Personal Perspectives of World War I (activity ideas) Primary Source Teaching Ideas: Supporting the Troops (activity ideas) Collection Connections - American Leaders Speak: … [Read more...]