August 20, 2018

NHD 2019: Civil War to Late 19th Century

The First Battle of Bull Run: Anticipated Union Triumph Leads to TragedyToday in History: First Battle of Bull Run brief background & primary sources Related resourcesToday in History: Second Battle of Bull Run Civil War primary sources, secondary sources, teaching resourcesThe Triumphs and Tragedies of the Transcontinental RailroadToday in History: Transcontinental Railroad Completed primary sources, secondary sources, related resourcesReconstruction: … [Read more...]

NHD 2019: U.S. History Early to Mid 19th Century

The Missouri Compromise: Unable to Hold Off the Tragedy of the Civil WarSpeech of Mr. Van Dyke, on the amendment offered to a bill for the admission of Missouri into the Union, prescribing the restriction of slavery as an irrevocable principle of the state constitution 1820 More Missouri compromise primary sources & background Related resourcesTimely Connections: Slavery & Compromise Primary Source Learning: Slavery (U.S.) Primary Source Spotlight: Slavery … [Read more...]

NHD 2019: Early U.S. History

Salem Witch TrialsToday in History: Salem Witch Trials background, primary sources, secondary sourcesAmerican Settlers Versus Native AmericansStories from America's LibraryRaid of Deerfield, Massachusetts in Queen Anne's War Roger Williams & Freedom in Rhode IslandCurated source collections: background, primary sources, secondary sourcesThanksgiving Wampanoag Jamestown Captivity Narratives Fort Necessity & the French and Indian War … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: New Zealand

Places in the News: New ZealandApril 2009 September 2010 February 2011 September 2011 July 2013New Zealand country profile BBCNew Zealand timeline BBCNew Zealand primary source set World Digital LibraryNew Zealand mapsNew Zealand image setBooks & reports about New ZealandHistorical newspaper coverage of New ZealandU.S. veteran oral history collections (service in New Zealand)Oral history transcripts mentioning New Zealand from the Foreign … [Read more...]

Today in History: Juneteenth

Today in History–June 19–TPS-Barat features Juneteenth. On this date in 1865, Major General Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3 in Galveston, Texas, informing the slaves of the Emancipation Proclamation, issued two and a half years earlier by President Abraham Lincoln. Although Juneteenth was informally celebrated each year since 1865, it wasn't until June 3, 1979, that Texas became the first state to proclaim it an official state holiday. Today more than 40 officially recognize … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: American Revolution

American Revolution primary source setThe American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts collectionMapping the American Revolution and Its EraAmerican Memory Timeline: American Revolution select primary sources & primary source analysis promptsOnline exhibitionsThe American Revolution - John Bull and Uncle Sam: Four Centuries of British-American Relations  Creating the United States: Revolution of the Mind Declaring Independence: Drafting the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Clara Barton & the Red Cross

Today in History–May 21–TPS-Barat features Clarissa "Clara" Barton, who founded the Red Cross on this date in 1881. A former teacher, Barton was working in the U.S. patent office at the start of the Civil War. Despite having little nursing training, Barton administered aid to soldiers at several battlefields,  After the war she established the Missing Soldier Office in Washington, D.C., led effort to establish a national cemetery at Andersonville Prison, and, in 1881, founded the American Red … [Read more...]

Today in History: Join or Die

Today in History–May 9–the Library of Congress features the first political cartoon published in the United States  on this day in 1754. The "Join or Die" cartoon, purportedly devised by Benjamin Franklin, provided commentary on the need for the colonies to join together against French and Native American aggression along the western frontier. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the resources below.Join or Die political cartoon woodcutMasthead and part of … [Read more...]

Today in History: May Day

Today in History–May 1–the Library of Congress features May Day. Originally a celebration of spring, May Day later became a day to celebrate workers and is still celebrated as such in many countries around the world. Learn more about other May Day celebrations by reading the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary sources.May Day imagesMay Day books & textsMay Day historical U.S. newspaper coverageMay Day sheet musicBringing in the … [Read more...]

Collection Spotlight: Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith was appointed the Library’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry on June 14, 2017 and began serving on September 13, 2017. Her mission the Library's chief poet is to bring poetry to rural areas. "I wanted to go into the more rural communities that don’t have programming on a consistent basis, where people’s lives are equally affected by the kinds of questions and memories that poems can draw upon. If writers and scholars are only talking to each other, we’re missing out on a … [Read more...]