April 16, 2014

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, Georgia Columbus maps Columbus books & articles Columbus images Columbus legislation … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: U.S. Presidents

American presidents - first hundred years - 1776 1876

Lesson Plans & Teaching Resources Learning from the Source: Abraham Lincoln & Me Primary Source Activity Book Learning from the Source: Presidential Portraits Learning from the Source Monumental Men Learning from the Source: The Art of Mourning Learning from the Source: Mourning Lincoln & the Art of Tribute Dynamite Presidents Game George Washington: First in War, in Peace, and in the Hearts of His Countrymen Thomas Jefferson's Library: Making the Case for a … [Read more...]

Today in History: Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, Washington, D.C.

Today in History–January 15–the Library of Congress features civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., born on this date in 1929. King entered Morehouse College at 15, received a bachelor of divinity from Crozer Theological Seminary in 1951, and a Ph.D from Boston University in 1955. Armed with his doctorate and belief in the use of non-violent action to end racial discrimination, King founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and joined the civil right movement. In less than a … [Read more...]

Today in History: Wyoming

An Act to Grant to the Women of Wyoming Territory the Right of Suffrage and to Hold Office

Today in History–December 10–the Library of Congress features Wyoming, which granted women the right to vote on this day in 1869 while still a U.S. territory. Three months later the first women jurors reported for duty in Laramie, attracting international attention. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to learn more about the culture and history of this trailblazing state full of natural beauty and resources. Wyoming stories from America’s … [Read more...]

Today in History: Illinois

Illinois: A descriptive and historical guide

Today in History—December 3—the Library of Congress features Illinois, which entered the Union as the 21st state on this day in 1818. Illinois is an Algonquin word meaning "tribe of superior men"; today the state is referred to as the Land of Lincoln and is one of the most populous of all the United States. Learn more about this midwestern hub by visiting the Today in History section, then gather more insights by delving into thousands of Illinois primary sources. Chicago primary … [Read more...]

Today in History: Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Today in History–November 30–the Library of Congress features Mark Twain, born on this date in 1835 as Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Learn more about this master American writer by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more Twain resources. You might also be interested in this previous PSN post: Mining the Library for Gilded Age Teaching Resources & Strategies. Stories about Mark Twain (America's Library) Mark Twain image set Books & articles by … [Read more...]

Today in History: North Dakota

In the forest - North Dakota

Today in History–November 2–the Library of Congress features North Dakota, which entered the Union as the 39th state on this day in 1889. Visit the Today in History section to learn about the history and culture of the "Peace Garden" state, then follow the links below to access more primary source treasures. North Dakota stories from America's Library North Dakota primary source set North Dakota maps North Dakota books, reports & other texts North Dakota historic … [Read more...]

Today in History: Dorothea Lange

Lange photographing Japanese-American evacuees

Today in History–October 11–the Library of Congress features photographer Dorothea Lange, who died on this day in 1965. Best known for her "Migrant Mother" photo, Lange began her career as a studio photographer. During the Depression she took her camera to the street, photographing the homeless. These images led to her employment with the federal Resettlement Administration (RA), and its successor agency, the Farm Security Administration (FSA).  Learn more about this Lange by visiting … [Read more...]

Today in History: Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall

Today in History–October 2–the Library of Congress features Thurgood Marshall, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice on this day in 1967; he was the first African American to serve. President Lyndon B. Johnson said of Marshall's appointment, "the right thing to do, the right time to do it, the right man and the right place." Prior to becoming a judge, Marshall was a top civil rights lawyer, most famous for his greatest victory in 1954 with the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Brown v. Board of … [Read more...]