May 23, 2017

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...]

Literature Links: Predicting & Inferring about Woman Suffrage

This lesson uses the Predict and Infer strategy; both the lesson and the strategy were created by elementary teacher and adjunct university instructor Kimberly Heckart, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Focus Question What did women do to get the right to vote? Content Goal Students build background knowledge of what it was like to be a suffragist and discover how women persistently fought for over 100 years until they were granted the right to vote. Primary Sources Susan B. … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Civil Rights

Teaching resources NAACP primary source set with teacher guide Baseball, Race Relations and Jackie Robinson Baseball, Race and Ethnicity: Rounding the Bases Learning from the Source: I Have a Dream Image Sequencing Civil Rights Act of 1964 educator webinar recording The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom Idea Book for Educators Teaching with the Library of Congress civil rights blog posts The Civil Rights History Project: Primary Sources and Oral … [Read more...]

Featured Image: The Awakening

Teaching ideas from the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog Look forward, women, always; utterly cast away The memory of hate and struggle and bitterness; Bonds may endure for a night, but freedom comes with the day, And the free must remember nothing less. Forget the strife; remember those who strove— The first defeated women, gallant and few, Who gave us hope, as a mother gives us love, Forget them not, and this remember, too: How at the later call to come forth and … [Read more...]

Today in History: 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...]

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...]