February 23, 2020

Guided Primary Source Analysis: When Women are Jurors

Zoom into a more detailed image of this illustration. Study carefully the expressions--both facial and body--of each woman in this illustration. Use one adjective and one verb to describe each woman based on your analysis of their expressions. The full title of this illustration is "Studies in expression. When women are jurors." This 1902 illustration provided a social commentary on women acting as jurors in U.S. courtrooms. What do you think was the attitude of the illustrator towards women … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Women own about one percent of world’s land

Zoom into this 1997 map online or this .pdf document. What do you learn just from looking at the title and the information presented outside of the country labels (ignore the orange leaves for now)? Look at the country labels (orange leaves). Which countries have the most female landowners? Use the information provided in this map to chart female land ownership in 1997. How might you explain this data? What questions do you have? A 2013 United Nations report describes the importance of female … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Jesse Owens

What does the image above make you think about? What sense of this man, Jesse Owens, do you get from this picture? Then review the bibliographic record for this photograph? What more did you learn? Now read this short life history of Jesse Owens created in 1939. What do you learn about him from this source? What more do you learn from this legislation that became law in 1988? What kind of person is Jesse Owens? Use what you have learned about Jesse Owens from these primary sources and … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Tariff Triumph of Pharaoh Wilson

Do some research on the Primary Source Nexus to find out who Wilson was. If you don't know what a Pharaoh is, do some research outside of the Primary Source Nexus to find out. Why do you think this political cartoon might have compared Wilson to a Pharaoh? Look up the definition of a tariff. Now zoom into a more detailed view of this cartoon. Look closely and try to figure out some of the symbols the cartoonist used. For help reading cartoons, click the links below. Analyzing Primary … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Poor Richard illustrated

Benjamin Franklin was a man of many talents and one of the key figures in the founding of the United States. Franklin was also a printer and a writer. One of his most well known publications was an almanac, or yearly handbook, published under the pseudonym (a made-up name) of Richard Saunders. The source above, Poor Richard Illustrated, features 25 small illustrations with lessons for the young and old. At least one person should examine each small illustration in detail. Zoom into the image … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: States of the Union

Read this In Custodia Legis blog post on State of the Union addresses from the Library of Congress. List the main points covered in the post. Then look at the text cloud made from the text of President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address given on January 12, 2016. What key words and themes are highlighted? How do those themes compare to the main headings of the address as categorized by the 2016 address White House web page? Create a text cloud of the most recent presidential … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Gauchos, Argentina

Be a primary source investigator. Zoom into this photograph. Look carefully at the details in the image. What did you learn about gauchos from your photo investigation? Read this entry on Gauchos from Encyclopædia Britannica or watch this National Geographic video about gauchos or both.What more did you learn about gauchos? How does that information compare with your primary source investigation? Tell the story of this picture from the point of view of the man in the middle of the … [Read more...]

Featured Image: It’s Leap Year, Boys!

The Fairmont West Virginian. (Fairmont, W. Va.), 01 Jan. 1916. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. Articles Liner Persia Is Sunk off Crete; Life Loss May be Three Hundred Prosperity for the Nation; Victory for the Party in 1916, Says Hatfield Enthusiastic Reception in Fairmont for the New Year Stewart Vincent Killed on B. & O. Anti-Booze Order Reaches Fairmont First Military Ball a Success Schools Reopen Monday Morning Holiday Dinner for … [Read more...]

Featured Image: El Paso Herald 1915 Christmas Page

Image: How Europe's Soldiers Observe Christmas in Hospitals Near the Firing Line Poems Christmas Cease Firing! Story: The Cave of Santa Claus … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Little Rory Borealis

Look carefully at this map of the Arctic (online or .pdf document). Which countries could Rory live in if he lived above the Arctic Circle? Which of the animals in the picture would you NOT see in the Arctic Circle? Rory's mother named him after the Aurora Borealis, also called the Northern Lights, which you can see in the Arctic. Find out more about the Northern Lights. What causes them? When can you see them? Imagine you are living in the Arctic Circle. Draw a picture of you living … [Read more...]