August 23, 2017

Primary Source Learning: Women in U.S. History

Access ready-made primary source lessons and activities to learn how some incredible women throughout U.S. history helped advance the nation. Learning from the Source: Chicago Meatpackers & the Unions Learning from the Source: Perceptions & Roles of American Women Music and U.S. Reform History: Stand Up and Sing Primary Source Learning: Women’s Road to the Vote (woman suffrage teaching resources) Primary Source Learning: Women in the White House Women in the Civil … [Read more...]

Today in History: Abigail Adams

Today in History–October 25–the Library of Congress features Abigail Adams, who was married to John Adams on this day in 1764. Abigail Adams was well educated and her husband frequently discussed political issues with her. Learn more about this famous first lady and first mother who was also a staunch supporter of women's rights by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to Abigail Adams. Abigail Adams, His [John Adams'] Better … [Read more...]

Today in History: Picketing for Suffrage

Today in History–August 28–the Library of Congress features the arrest of 10 suffragists for picketing the White House on this day in 1917. The protestors hoped to pressure President Woodrow Wilson to support the proposed "Anthony amendment" to the Constitution that would guarantee women the right to vote. He finally did that in January of 1918 and the long hard vote to suffrage was finally earned two years later on August 18, 1920 when the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified. Learn more about the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Women in the White House

As the 2012 U.S. presidential election heats up, there is a lot of talk not just about President Barack Obama and the Republican challenger Mitt Romney, but also about their wives, Michelle Obama and Ann Romney. Use the resources below to learn about the women in the White House and the some of the roles various first ladies took on throughout the years. One fun learning activity comes from the Collection Connections section of Words and Deeds in American History. Ask students to consider if … [Read more...]

Today in History: Benjamin Henry Latrobe

Today in History–May 1–the Library of Congress features Benjamin Henry Latrobe, born on this day in 1764. Find out more about early American engineer and architect who helped plan the U.S. Capitol and the White House and many more influential buildings by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access primary sources about Latrobe and architecture. Benjamin Henry Latrobe drawings & plans Benjamin Henry Latrobe correspondence Benjamin Henry Latrobe … [Read more...]

Today in History: Cherry Blossoms

Today in History–March 27–the Library of Congress features Washington D.C.'s cherry trees. On this day in 1912 two Yoshino cherry trees were planted on the northern bank of the Potomac River Tidal Basin by First Lady Helen Herron Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, the Japanese ambassador's wife, to celebrate the Japanese government's gift of 3,000 trees to the United States (the Japanese gave 3,800 more trees in 1965). In addition to the Tidal Basin, trees were planted near the site of the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Fannie Farmer & Cooking

Today in History–March 23–the Library of Congress features cookbook author Fannie Farmer, born on this day in 1857. In 1896 she published the Boston Cooking School Cookbook (known today as the Fannie Farmer Cookbook), which was the first to feature standardized measurements. Learn more about Farmer and American cooking by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access a cornucopia of cooking related primary sources. Primary source sets Cooking primary source … [Read more...]

Today in History: The White House

Today in History–October 13–the Library of Congress features the White House, celebrating the date in 1792 when the first cornerstone was laid.  Learn more about the Executive mansion by visiting the Today in History section then click the links below to access more stories and primary sources about the United States presidential home. Stories from America's Library The Cornerstone Of The White House Was Laid Ten Suffragists Arrested While Picketing at the White House President … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Burning of Washington

Today in History–August 19–the Library of Congress features the burning of the capital city by British troops during the War of 1812. On August 19, 1814 the British landed at Benedict, Maryland. Five days later, on August 24, British forces attacked Washington D.C., setting fire to many government buildings including the White House and the Capitol building (which housed the 3,000-volume Library of Congress at the time) before quickly moving on to Baltimore, Maryland. Learn more by visiting … [Read more...]