January 17, 2023

Today in History: Lusitania Lost

Last Updated on January 13, 2020

Front page, The Seattle star., May 07, 1915
Today in History–May 7–the Library of Congress features the British ocean liner Lusitania, sunk by a German submarine on this day in 1915.  Public outrage at the sinking of the civilian ship—though it was also carrying ammunition manufactured in the U.S.—was tremendous and helped to hasten U.S. entry into World War I. Learn more about this tragic day in world history by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary sources.

Topics in Chronicling America – Sinking of the Lusitania (select newspaper articles)

Lusitania 1915 front page newspaper coverage

More 1915 Lusitania newspaper articles

Murder on the High Seas” by Theodore Roosevelt May 11, 1915

Lusitania books & personal narratives

Lusitania image set

When the Lusitania Went Down (sheet music)

The Nation in Arms speech by Franklin K. Lane

The Sinking of the Lusitania In Custodia Legis blog May 29, 2015

The Lusitania Disaster (background information)

Lost Liners: Lusitania (PBS)

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Irishmen – Avenge the Lusitania

World War I themed link set (teaching resources, primary sources & more)


  1. Hi I’m interested in using newspaper articles for a slideshow I’m doing for nonprofit. Who would I ask permission to use a few headlines of these paper Headlines? Thanks Ron

    • TPS-Barat says

      Below I have copied the rights and reproduction information from the Chronicling America website. For more information, visit: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/about/.

      “The Library of Congress is providing access to bibliographic information and newspaper pages digitized under the National Digital Newspaper Program for noncommercial, educational and research purposes. While the Library is not aware of any copyrights or other rights associated with this material, the written permission of any copyright owners and/or other rights holders (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) is required for reproduction, distribution, or other use of any protected items beyond that allowed by fair use or other statutory exemptions. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item and securing any necessary permissions ultimately rests with the persons desiring to use the item.”

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