June 26, 2017

Teaching Now: Using Primary Sources with 21st-Century Learners

This is a guest post from veteran teacher Heather Klos, an 8th grade U.S. history teacher and the Social Studies department chair at Crownover Middle School in Corinth, Texas. As an early American history teacher, I know it is important to use primary sources effectively with my 8th grade students.  Analyzing primary sources can be very difficult for students, but it is usually my end-game when working with these documents.  I have found that breaking down the documents into manageable chunks … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Sioux (Dakota) & Sitting Bull

Sioux images Dakota images Sioux ghost dance (film) Mary Louise Defender Wilson and Keith Bear: Sioux and Mandan Hidatsa storytelling and music from North Dakota streaming webcast Oral history interviews mentioning Sioux indians Indian fanfares: The Camanche revel, The Sioux gaillarde, The Manitou air dance Poems from Sioux and Chippewa songs Books related to the Sioux Texts related to the Dakota and the Sioux Sioux indian historic newspaper coverage Dakota indian … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Frances Willard & the WCTU

The Do-Everything Policy by Frances Willard primary source analysis activity Correspondence, speeches, & other texts by Frances Willard Texts about Frances Willard How Racism Tainted Women’s Fight to Vote (1894 showdown between anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells and temperance leader Frances E. Willard) The Root March 25 2011 Frances Willard temperance: historic newspaper coverage Frances Willard image set Causes: The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union National Women’s … [Read more...]

City Spotlight: New Orleans

  War of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans America's Library Winning the Battle of New Orleans January 8, 1815 America's Library The Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Folklife Today blog January 8, 2015 Mardi Gras Season in New Orleans America's Library local legacy Happy Mardi Gras! Inside Adams blog The Supreme Madness of the Carnival Season In Custodia Legis blog February 12, 2013 New Orleans historical newspapers Books & other texts related to New … [Read more...]

City Spotlight: St. Louis

St. Louis maps St. Louis image set Historical films featuring St. Louis "Meet me in St. Louis, Louis" song recording "St. Louis Blues" song recording St. Louis sheet music The St. Louis Republic, 1900-06 St. Louis, Mo. St. Louis articles, correspondence & reports St. Louis books & other texts U.S. legislation related to St. Louis Missouri state primary source collections … [Read more...]

Today in History: Poughkeepsie, New York

Today in History–July 26–the Library of Congress features Poughkeepsie, where New York voted to ratify the U.S. Constitution on this date in 1788. The city is located along the Hudson River about midway between New York City and Albany. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to Poughkeepsie. Poughkeepsie images Poughkeepsie maps Poughkeepsie Polka sheet music Foreign Affairs oral history mentions of … [Read more...]

Today in History: Salvation Army

Today in History–July 5–the Library of Congress features the Salvation Army, founded on this day in London in 1865 as the Christian Mission.  Methodist minister William Booth and his wife Catherine founded the organization to fight poverty and religious indifference with military efficiency. The organization was renamed the Salvation Army in 1878 and expanded to the United States in 1880; it now serves in more than 100 countries. Find out more by visiting the Today in History … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: France

Country Profile: France Creating French Culture: Treasures from the Bibliothèque nationale de France online exhibition France in America bilingual digital library site France Allied with American Colonies February 6, 1778 from America's Library France primary source set World Digital Library France maps France image set French image set Films related to France France mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection French American life … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: India

India country profile: . . . extensive urbanization and trade appear to have begun in the Indus River Valley around 3000 B.C. with the Harappan civilization. From this period until the termination of British colonial rule in 1947, numerous empires ruled various portions of South Asia, often assimilating a rich array of peoples and each adding its own contribution to an increasingly rich tapestry of cultures, ideas, and technologies. India country profile India country study India - Places … [Read more...]

Today in History: Indian Citizenship Act

Today in History–June 2–the Library of Congress features the Indian Citizenship Act, enacted on this date in 1924. The act finally granted official U.S. citizenship to to all Native Americans born in the U.S. But because voting rights were governed by state law, some Native American citizens were barred from voting in political elections until 1957. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more stories and primary sources related to Indian, or … [Read more...]