October 18, 2018

Learning from the Source: We Shall Overcome

Students will analyze historical and contemporary primary sources to examine how citizens persevered to overcome injustice and affect change during the 1960s civil rights era and consider the lessons the first March to Selma in 1965 provides for us today.Enduring understanding: Time, place, and culture influence our perspectives on people and issues.Essential question: How can we strive to overcome injustice?Lesson materialsWe Shall Overcome sheet music (curator note) … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon B. Johnson oath of office Nov. 22, 1963 image and audio fileLyndon B. Johnson inauguration primary source set Jan. 20, 1965Vice President Johnson Was Assigned the Task of Unifying the U.S. Satellite Programs Jun. 24, 1961 from America's LibraryRetreat from Armageddon? Khrushchev, Kennedy, Johnson and the Elusive Quest for Peace webcastJudgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Laws That Changed America webcastMaster of the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Civil Rights

Civil rights primary source collectionsCollection Spotlight: Civil Rights History Project Presidential Spotlight: Lyndon B. Johnson Primary Source Spotlight: NAACP The Voting Rights Act, the first months U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 1965 Civil rights books & articles Select civil rights primary sources Civil rights era select images Selected civil rights images by Danny Lyon, first staff photographer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) … [Read more...]

NHD 2015: Leadership & Legacy Topic Ideas – World War II & Beyond

Every year National History Day puts together a list of sample topic ideas. TPS-Barat went through that list and selected a subset of those topic ideas to create curated collections highlighting Library of Congress resources. All topic ideas are related to the 2015 NHD theme: Leadership & Legacy in History but the set below focuses on themes related to the 1930s and beyond. Links to more NHD follow this resource list.The Veterans Administration: Leading the Fight for Veterans Rights … [Read more...]

Today in History: First March from Selma

Today in History–March 7–the Library of Congress features the first civil rights march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital in Montgomery, which was led on this day in 1965. Unfortunately, the marchers, which numbered about 600, had scarcely left Selma when they were were brutally assaulted by heavily armed state troopers and deputies. The ugly incident garnered national attention and just two weeks later marchers regrouped and marched under protection of the National Guard. On March 25, … [Read more...]