December 14, 2017

NHD 2017: Taking a Stand – U.S. History Topic Ideas Part II

These curated resource lists coincide with the order of the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2017 theme sample topics list. Links lead to additional curated sets of resources. Note: historic newspaper coverage is from 1789-1922 unless otherwise noted. Standing Against Federal Authority: The Plight of the Farmers During the Whiskey Rebellion Whiskey rebellion background and links Whiskey Insurrection from History of Washington County 1870 Liquor tax: historic newspaper coverage … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Astor Theatre – The Great Ziegfeld

Where do you think this photograph was taken? Zoom into the photo and describe this place using details from the image to inform your description. (Save the link in the previous sentence to download the image to your computer which will allow you to zoom in with greater detail.) Next, make a guess at what decade this photo is from and describe what you think life was like at this time. Review the bibliographic record for this primary source. Then do some research and find out what this … [Read more...]

Today in History: George Gershwin & Gullah Culture

Today in History–September 2–the Library of Congress features George Gershwin, who completed the orchestral score of the opera—Porgy and Bess—based on the DuBose Heyward novel on this date in 1935. The opera, like the novel, depicted the African-American Gullah culture of South Carolina. Learn more about this remarkable man and his collaborators on the internationally known opera by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links below. George Gershwin portraits Porgy and … [Read more...]

Today in History: George M. Cohan

Today in History–July 3–the Library of Congress features theater maestro George M. Cohan, born on this date in 1878. The multitalented Cohan was a playwright, songwriter, dancer, actor, theater owner, and producer. He also was awarded the Congressional medal of honor for his World War I song "Over There". Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access numerous primary sources. George M. Cohan Was Born from America's Library "Over There" sheet … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Gish Sisters

Today in History–June 4–the Library of Congress features Dorothy and Lillian Gish, sisters and early film stars. On this day in 1968, Dorothy (Elizabeth) died in Rapallo, Italy. The sisters got their start in film in 1912. Dorothy was a working actress for more than 50 years and Lillian for 75 years, appearing in her final film in 1987 at the age of 93. Learn more about these long-lived thespians by visiting the Today in History section, then clicking the links below to access related … [Read more...]

Today in History: Works Progress Administration

Today in History–April 8–the Library of Congress features the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which was funded by the the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935, approved on this day in 1935. This national works program, created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, employed more than 8.5 million people on 1.4 million public projects before it was disbanded in 1943. Learn more about the Library's treasure trove of WPA materials by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Dracula

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Today in History: Lillian Russell

Today in History–November 22–the Library of Congress features musical theater star Lillian Russell, who made her debut at Tony Pastor's Theatre in New York City on this date in 1880. Performing light opera and vaudeville shows, Russell had a successful career  for nearly three decades. After, she devoted much of her time to politics. Learn more about Ms. Russell by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources related to one of America's first … [Read more...]

Today in History: Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Today in History–June 5–the Library of Congress features Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. This iconic American novel originally appeared in serial form, the first installment published on this day in 1851 in the abolitionist weekly the Washington National Era. The following year Stowe's book was published and became an instant bestseller and later became a theatrical hit. Find out more Stowe and this American tale by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to … [Read more...]

Today in History: Thornton Wilder

Today in History–April 17–the Library of Congress features writer Thornton Wilder, born on this day in 1897. This lauded American writer produced award-winning (3 Pulitzer Prizes and 1 National Book Award) plays, novels, essays, and more. Find out more about this literary master by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access primary sources about Wilder and the theater. Thornton Wilder image set Exhibition items: Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-prize winning … [Read more...]