November 21, 2014

Primary Source Spotlight: Teddy Bears

Theodore Roosevelt as Rough Rider with Clifford Berryman's bear

Teddy bears got their name from Theodore Roosevelt. He had a soft heart for animals in general and in particular for a bear that his aides cornered and thought he would like as a hunting trophy. The incident inspired the cartoon illustration above which, in turn, inspired a New York toy store owner to create a toy stuffed bear he called "Teddy's bear".  Below you can find out more of the story and then explore teddy bear resources from the Library of Congress. The teddy bear story from … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams

From America's Library: Born: July 11, 1767 Died: Feb. 23, 1848 John Quincy Adams was the sixth president of the United States and the first son of a former president who himself became president. (George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush are the only other father-son presidents.) John Quincy Adams was well known for his diplomatic success and most of all for his role as secretary of state under James Monroe. Adams had previously served as an ambassador to several European countries and as a … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: King Kamehameha

King Kamehameha [statue], Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

From America's Library: Born: Between 1740 and 1758 Died: May 8, 1819 King Kamehameha I, also known as Kamehameha the Great, was the head of a dynasty (a succession of rulers from the same family) that ruled the Hawaiian islands for more than a century. Legend has it that he was born at the time of the appearance of Halley's comet and that this was a sign that he would rise to greatness. The name Kamehameha (pronounced kuh-may-ha-may-ha) means "the one set apart." More King … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: John Adams

John Adams, 2nd President of the United States

From America's Library: Born: October 30 (October 19, Old Style), 1735, in Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts Died: July 4, 1826, in Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts John Adams worked as a teacher and lawyer before dedicating himself to a life of patriotism and politics. He was America's second president. Adams was well known for his extreme political independence, brilliant mind and passionate patriotism. He was a leader in the Continental Congress and an important diplomatic … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Alabama

Alabama lullaby

Alabama stories from America’s Library Alabama primary source set Alabama image set Alabama maps Alabama sheet music Songs & oral histories related to Alabama Alabama veterans oral histories Alabama personal narratives Alabama books & other texts Alabama historical newspapers The Scottsboro Nine newspaper articles Alabama related webcasts Alabama related legislation Alabama Guide to Law Online Alabama-related posts on PSN More U.S. state … [Read more...]

Today in History: Duke Ellington

Through the Looking Glass Down Beat magazine (Sept. 23, 1946)

Today in History–April 29–the Library of Congress features jazz great Duke Ellington, born on this date in 1899. Ellington started to play piano at age 7 and wrote his first song–Soda Fountain Rag–at age 15. By his late teens, he was earning enough money to help his parents move into a better house. Ellington's musical versatility was astounding and not limited to jazz; he also wrote oratorios, suites, concertos, and even opera, as well as for the Broadway stage, movies, television, nightclubs, … [Read more...]

Today in History: Maryland

Maryland! my Maryland! a patriotic song

Today in History–March 25–the Library of Congress features Maryland. On this date the state celebrates the 1634 arrival of the first colonists to the land chartered to Cecil Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore. One of the original 13 colonies, today Maryland is known as the "free" state. Learn more about this state on the Eastern seaboard by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to thousands of primary sources related to Maryland. Maryland stories from America’s … [Read more...]

Today in History: Idaho

Snake River Cañon, Idaho

Today in History–March 4–the Library of Congress features Idaho. On this date in 1863 President Lincoln signed an act creating Idaho Territory. The area burgeoned and was admitted to the Union as a state in 1890. Learn more about this gem of a state by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to thousands of primary sources related to Idaho. Idaho stories from America’s Library Idaho primary source set Idaho maps Idaho books & other texts … [Read more...]

Today in History: Indiana

Spirit of Northwest Territory Alliance pose for inspection in front of the George Rogers Clark Memorial

Today in History–February 25–the Library of Congress features the British surrender of Fort Sackville at Vincennes, Indiana on this date in 1779. Despite a 1763 prohibition against western settlement, colonists continued to travel to Indiana and other areas west of the Appalachians. Learn more about the defense of Fort Sackville by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to thousands of primary sources related to the state of Indiana. Indiana stories from America’s … [Read more...]

Today in History: Columbus, Georgia

Perspective map of Columbus, Ga., 1886

Today in History–February 18–the Library of Congress features Columbus, Georgia. On this date in 1917, future literary star Carson McCullers was born. Learn more about the city that influenced author Carson McCullers writing by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to thousands of primary sources related to the city of Columbus and the state of Georgia. Columbus maps Columbus books & articles Columbus images Columbus legislation … [Read more...]