October 24, 2018

Today in History: County and State Fairs

Today in History–August 22–the Library of Congress features county and state fairs, many of which are held around this date. County and state fairs feature entertainment as well as showcase the agricultural industry and rural lifestyles. Learn more by reviewing the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources & more.County and State Fairs from America's LibraryCounty fair imagesA rube couple at a county fair 1904 filmCounty fair audio … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: American Revolution

American Revolution primary source setAmerican Memory Timeline: American Revolution select primary sources & primary source analysis promptsLearning from the Source: Minutemen & the Start of the Revolution learning activityThe American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts collectionMapping the American Revolution and Its EraBattle maps and charts of the American Revolution (1881)Printed Ephemera 1763-1783A broadside titled "No Stamped Paper to be had" … [Read more...]

Today in History: Haiti

Today in History–January 2–the Library of Congress features Haiti. On this date in 1893 Frederick Douglass, who once served as U.S. minister to this caribbean country, delivered an address at the dedication of the Haitian Pavilion at the World’s Columbian Exposition. Learn more Douglass' speech and the country by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary and secondary sources.Lecture on Haiti, Frederick Douglass, January 2, 1893Frederick … [Read more...]

Today in History: Sacramento, California

Today in History–November 25–the Library of Congress features Sacramento, California, a boom town during the mid-19th-century gold rush. By 1854 the city had become the state capital. Learn more about the city of Sacramento by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources.Pioneer Life in Sacramento from America's LibrarySacramento mapsSacramento imagesIn the Sacramento valley sheet musicFirst-person narratives mentioning … [Read more...]

Today in History: Alaska

Today in History–November 20–the Library of Congress features the Alaska Highway, opened on this date in 1942. Originally known as the Alcan Highway, this 1,500-miles-long roadway connected Dawson Creek, British Columbia, to Fairbanks, Alaska. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more information and primary sources related to the great state of Alaska.Alaska stories from America's LibraryAlaska primary source setAlaska … [Read more...]

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 imagesDakota imagesSioux ghost dance (film)Mary Louise Defender Wilson and Keith Bear: Sioux and Mandan Hidatsa storytelling and music from North Dakota streaming webcastOral history interviews mentioning Sioux indiansIndian fanfares: The Camanche revel, The Sioux gaillarde, The Manitou air dancePoems from Sioux and Chippewa songsBooks related to the SiouxTexts related to the Dakota and the SiouxSioux indian historic newspaper coverageDakota indian … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Frances Willard & the WCTU

The Do-Everything Policy by Frances Willard primary source analysis activityCorrespondence, speeches, & other texts by Frances WillardTexts about Frances WillardHow 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 2011Frances Willard temperance: historic newspaper coverageFrances Willard image setCauses: The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union National Women’s … [Read more...]

City Spotlight: New Orleans

New Orleans at 300: The Crescent City's Tricentennial Inside Adams blog January 9, 2018Sheet Music Spotlight: New Orleans Turns 300 In The Muse October 4, 2018War of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans America's LibraryWinning the Battle of New Orleans January 8, 1815 America's LibraryThe Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Folklife Today blog January 8, 2015Mardi Gras Season in New Orleans America's Library local legacyHappy Mardi Gras! Inside Adams blogThe Supreme … [Read more...]

City Spotlight: St. Louis

St. Louis mapsSt. Louis image setHistorical films featuring St. Louis"Meet me in St. Louis, Louis" song recording"St. Louis Blues" song recordingSt. Louis sheet musicThe St. Louis Republic, 1900-06 St. Louis, Mo.St. Louis articles, correspondence & reportsSt. Louis books & other textsU.S. legislation related to St. LouisMissouri state primary source collections … [Read more...]