July 24, 2017

Primary Source Spotlight: Gabriela Mistral

Gabriela Mistral was born as Lucila Godoy Alcayaga in Vicuña, Chile in 1889. She is the author of over twelve books of poetry and was the first Hispanic writer awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Mistral also worked as an educator and a diplomat. Learn more about this passionate poet by investigating the resources below. Gabriela Mistral reading her poetry at the Library of Congress 1950 Oración de la Maestra by Gabriela Mistral La Revista de Taos. (Taos, Nuevo México), 21 Oct. … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Woman and Child

Describe how this illustration makes you feel. What details in the drawing contribute to this feeling? Write a description of this scene or write a poem to accompany the illustration. Now read the poem that this drawing illustrated. Describe how this poem compares with what you wrote. What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! Related resource Today in History: Celebrating Mothers … [Read more...]

Featured Source: For United America, YWCA

The shields displayed on this poster represent the flags of various countries. Do some research to see how many countries you can identify and make a list. Zoom into a larger image of this poster. Look closely at the details. For what purpose do you think this poster was created? What details from the print and your own background knowledge helped you to reach that conclusion? How does your conclusion compare with the summary in the bibliographic record for this print, which suggests a … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Concerning the American Girl

List the different career paths illustrated in this political cartoon. Did any surprise you? Why or why not? Political cartoons often contain irony. What example of irony do you find in this political cartoon? (If you need help, review the post Analyzing Primary Sources: Reading Cartoons.) What do you think were the "old ideals" of womanhood in 1904? What would you tell someone are the "old ideals" of womanhood today? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source … [Read more...]

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: Florence Kling Harding

Today in History–August 15–the Library of Congress features Florence Kling Harding, born on this date in 1860. An ardent support of woman suffrage, Kling Harding was the first first lady to have the right to cast a ballot for her husband (Warren G.). Kling Harding was also an adept business woman and brought a professional identity to the role of First Lady. Learn more about this remarkable woman whom President Harding referred to as his boss by visiting the Today in History section and clicking … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Women’s History

Teaching resources Primary Source Learning: Women in U.S. History Primary Source Learning: Women’s Road to the Vote Primary source sets Primary Source Spotlight: Woman Suffrage collections Women's Suffrage select primary sources & teacher's guide Activists Jane Addams Susan B. Anthony Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell Carrie S. Burnham Shirley Chisholm Betty Friedan Emma Goldman Carrie Nation Lucretia Mott Rosa Parks Alice Paul Elizabeth Cady … [Read more...]

Today in History: Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell

Today in History–January 23–the Library of Congress features career pioneer Elizabeth Blackwell, who graduated from medical school on this date in 1849. She was the first woman to earn a medical degree in the United States. Learn more about this trailblazing woman by visiting the Today in History section (scroll down) and clicking through to the links listed below. Group portrait of members of the Blackwell family outside on a lawn between 1880 and 1893 Letter, Elizabeth Blackwell to … [Read more...]

Today in History: Nellie Bly Circles the Globe

Today in History–January 25–the Library of Congress features Nellie Bly, who completed her circumnavigation of the globe on this day in 1890. This intrepid female reporter made the journey in just 72 days, using many different forms of transportation, including ship, train, jinricksha, sampan, horse, and burro. Learn more about this globetrotter and turn of the century transportation by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links below. Nellie Bly Circled the Globe January … [Read more...]

Today in History: Alice Paul

Today in History–January 11–the Library of Congress features suffragist leader Alice Paul, born on this date in 1885. Learn more about the National Woman's Party by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more resources about Alice Paul and the woman suffrage movement. Alice Paul images from American Memory More Alice Paul images Historic newspaper coverage of Alice Paul Alice Paul books & articles Alice Paul correspondence & … [Read more...]