November 15, 2019

NHD 2020: Movements & Technologies Primary Sources & Resource Lists

The theme for National History Day 2020 is Breaking Barriers in History.  Below we have highlighted some movements and technologies that have sought to break barriers over time. While some of these may be broad, we encourage you to dig into the links to related primary sources and additional resources to find a particular aspect to focus on. Movements Abolition Bonus Army Civil Rights Conservation Harlem Renaissance New Deal & the Works Progress Administration Woman … [Read more...]

NHD 2020: People Primary Sources & Resource Lists

The theme for National History Day 2020 is Breaking Barriers in History.  Below we have highlighted some extraordinary people and groups across the ages and have provided you with links to related primary sources and additional resources. Activists  Grace Abbott Jane Addams Susan B. Anthony Mary McLeod Bethune Carrie S. Burnham Rachel Carson Carrie Chapman Catt Shirley Chisholm Anna Dickinson Dorothea Dix Frederick Douglass W.E.B. Du Bois Betty … [Read more...]

Today in History: Plymouth Colony

Today in History–October 4–the Library of Congress features Plymouth Colony. On October 4, 1636, the General Court of Plymouth Colony instituted a legal code that guaranteed citizens a trial by jury and laws made with the consent of freemen. Discover more by reviewing the Today in History section, then click the links below to access stories and primary sources. The Treaty That Saved Plymouth Colony The Murder of Penowanyanquis and the Trial of Arthur Peach, Plymouth, 1638 Plymouth … [Read more...]

Today In History: Toni Morrison

Today in History–August 5–the Primary Source Nexus features Toni Morrison, who died at the age of 88 on this date in 2019. Her novel Beloved won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988 and Morrison was awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize in literature for “novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, [giving] life to an essential aspect of American reality.” In 2000, the Library of Congress named her a Living Legend; in 2011, it awarded her the Library of Congress National Book Festival … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Emmeline Pankhurst

From the Library of Congress: Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928) was the unchallenged leader of the direct action wing of the British suffrage movement. She had, followers claimed, "invented most of the ingenious and daring devices of the "Militant Suffragette' which have stirred up so much discussion throughout the civilized world." Primary sources Emmeline Pankhurst image set Emmeline Pankhurst news clippings and other texts More Emmeline Pankhurst texts Emmeline Pankhurst U.S. … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Music

National Jukebox PSN curated primary source sets American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Marian Anderson California Folk Music Project George M. Cohan Aaron Copland Duke Ellington James Reese Europe Ella Fitzgerald George Gershwin & Gullah Culture Dizzy Gillespie W.C. Handy & the Blues Victor Herbert Billie Holiday Jazz Music Julia Ward Howe Mahalia Jackson Louis Jordan Jenny Lind Metropolitan Opera House … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Polio

Historical newspaper coverage of polio A Special Report on Polio 1955 film U.S. legislation related to polio from 1985 on What is Polio? CDC When Polio Was Defeated by a Vaccine…and a Seven-Year-Old Girl Now See Hear! blog post October 28, 2014 Whatever happened to polio? Smithsonian National Museum of American History Polio timeline History of Vaccines, College of Physicians of Philadelphia Jonas Salk historical newspaper coverage Jonas Salk speech at the National Press … [Read more...]

Today in History: Jefferson Davis Captured

Today in History–May 10–the Library of Congress features the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis by Union troops on this day in 1865. The capture thwarted Davis’ plan to escape by sea from the east coast of Florida and then to sail to Texas where he hoped to establish a new Confederacy. He was sent, along with his family, to Fort Monroe in Virginia. There he was placed in solitary confinement and indicted for treason but was never tried. Davis was released two years later, in May … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Pakistan

Pakistan: Places in the News articles Pakistan country profile Pakistan country study Pakistan profile BBC Pakistan timeline BBC Pakistan primary sources from the World Digital Library Pakistan maps Pakistan images Audio recordings related to Pakistan Pakistan: U.S. veteran’s oral histories Alan Lomax Collection Manuscripts, Pakistani indigenous singing groups Manuscripts, Performance style, Choreometrics, sources, Correspondence and notes by culture, … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Peru

Peru: Places in the News Peru country study Country profile: Peru BBC Peru timeline BBC Peru primary source set from the World Digital Library Peru images Peru maps Pizarro in Peru sheet music Peruvian song recordings Peru literary recordings Manuscripts, Performance style, Choreometrics, sources, Correspondence and notes by culture, Peru Alan Lomax Collection Service in Peru: U.S. veteran oral histories Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection interviews … [Read more...]