May 19, 2022

Primary Source Spotlight: Norman Mineta

From the Library of Congress Norman Yoshio Mineta (1931-2022) had a long and influential history in American politics and was a proponent of restitution for Japanese American families who were incarcerated during World War II. In 1971, Mineta was elected the first Japanese American mayor for his hometown of San Jose, California. He would later serve as a member of the House of Representatives for over twenty years, as the 33rd Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce from 2000 to … [Read more...]

Teaching Now: Learning About (Dis)ability in History – An Inquiry for Elementary Students

This brief unit plan and teaching guide was developed by Dr. John Bickford, Professor of Social Studies/History Education at Eastern Illinois University and Editor-in-Chief of The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies, in collaboration with Citizen U. The plan, developed in conjunction with this (Dis)ability History primary source set, includes teaching notes and is targeted to early and upper elementary students. TEACHER BACKGROUND America’s history of safeguarding the civil … [Read more...]

Latest News, Events, Opportunities, Resources & PD from the Library & TPS Consortium

NEWS Library Connecting Communities Digital Initiative Grants The Library of Congress recently awarded three Connecting Communities Digital Initiative grants totaling more than $250,000. The 2022 awardees—Huston-Tillotson University in Texas, Kenton County Public Library in Kentucky, and Maya Cade, founder of the Black Film Archive in New York—will use these funds to support imaginative uses, remixes, and reuses of the Library’s digital collections centering on the lives, histories, and … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: (Dis)ability History

This primary source set is targeted to elementary students and includes background information and thinking prompts. It was curated mainly by Dr. John Bickford, Professor of Social Studies/History Education at Eastern Illinois University and Editor-in-Chief of The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies. Access the unit plan that utilizes this primary source set. Click each source to view it larger. Primary Source 1 Pre-reading: This is a button. It has a short … [Read more...]

On Your Time Learning: NEA TPS Micro-credentials

Citizen U has developed a series of 8 micro-credentials in a partnership with the National Education Association (NEA) and thanks to the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources TPS program grant. This professional learning offering aims to help educators better integrate inquiry learning with primary sources into instruction across grades and disciplines using a variety of frameworks and strategies. It was developed in collaboration with NEA educators and TPS Consortium partners … [Read more...]

Today in History: May Posts

May 1 May 2 1864: Benjamin Henry Latrobe 1931: Empire State Building 1882: James F. Byrnes 1885: Good Housekeeping May 3 May 4 1494: Jamaica 1626: Manhattan Island 1894: Bird Day May 5 May 6 1862: Cinco de Mayo 1925: Charles Darwin & Teaching Evolution 1856: Robert E. Peary 1864: General James Longstreet May 7 May 8 1892: Archibald MacLeish 1915: Lusitania … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Easter

Easter images Easter hymns Easter sheet music Easter song recordings from the National Jukebox Easter song & oral history recordings from the Folklife Center Easter films Easter books Easter Sunday historical newspaper coverage Library of Congress blog posts Easter Week Illuminations Happy Easter Here Comes Peter Cottontail: Some Cultural History On the Bunny Trail: In Search of the Easter Bunny Songs for the Easter Season: Polyphonic Singing from the … [Read more...]

Today in History: April Posts

April 1 April 2 April Fool! 1865: Grant’s Army Attacks Confederate Lines at Petersburg April 3 April 4 1837: John Burroughs 1873: Carrie S. Burnham April 5 April 6 1916: National Park Service 1917: U.S. Enters World War I April 7 April 8 1915: Billie Holiday 1935: Works Progress Administration April 9 April 10 1865: Lee Surrenders 1872: First … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: U.S. History by Time Period

The U.S. History Primary Source Timeline spans nearly 400 years, covering 9 time periods. Each time period includes an overview and several subsections and each of these, in turn, provide background information and a selection of curated primary sources. Colonial Settlement, 1600s - 1763 The American Revolution, 1763 - 1783 The New Nation, 1783 - 1815 National Expansion and Reform, 1815 - 1880 Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877 Rise of Industrial America, 1876-1900 … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: World War II

Guided primary source analyses Boeing aircraft plant – production of B-17F D-Day The 6th of June Entrance to Manzanar Europe Is Getting Hot U.S. Must Set Pace for Racial Tolerance Woman’s Work Lessons & activities Diana’s White House Garden Tom Bober Digital Stories of Our Heroes Female Journalists of World War II & Today PBS NewsHour Japanese American Internment: Fear Itself Operation Invasion: Reaching the Japanese Mainland ABMC Education On … [Read more...]