January 18, 2019

NHD 2019: U.S. History 20th Century Through WWII

The Jungle and the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 Chicago meat packing primary sources The Jungle by Upton Sinclair Topics in Chronicling America - Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 timeline & select newspaper articles More 1906 historical newspaper coverage of the Pure Food and Drug Act Upton Sinclair Jungle 1906 historical newspaper coverage The Determinants of Progressive Era Reform. The Pure Food and Drugs Act of 1906 2004 The Pure Food and Drug Act US House of … [Read more...]

Today in History: County and State Fairs

Today in History–August 22–the Library of Congress features county and state fairs, many of which are held around this date. County and state fairs feature entertainment as well as showcase the agricultural industry and rural lifestyles. Learn more by reviewing the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources & more. County and State Fairs from America's Library County fair images A rube couple at a county fair 1904 film County fair audio … [Read more...]

NHD 2019: U.S. History Civil War to Late 19th Century

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

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

The Missouri Compromise: Unable to Hold Off the Tragedy of the Civil War Speech 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 resources Timely Connections: Slavery & Compromise Primary Source Learning: Slavery (U.S.) Primary Source Spotlight: Slavery … [Read more...]

NHD 2019: Early U.S. History

Salem Witch Trials Today in History: Salem Witch Trials background, primary sources, secondary sources American Settlers Versus Native Americans Stories from America's Library Raid of Deerfield, Massachusetts in Queen Anne's War Roger Williams & Freedom in Rhode Island Curated source collections: background, primary sources, secondary sources Thanksgiving Wampanoag Jamestown Captivity Narratives Fort Necessity & the French and Indian War … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: New Zealand

Places in the News: New Zealand April 2009 September 2010 February 2011 September 2011 July 2013 New Zealand country profile BBC New Zealand timeline BBC New Zealand primary source set World Digital Library New Zealand maps New Zealand image set Books & reports about New Zealand Historical newspaper coverage of New Zealand U.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 set American Memory Timeline: American Revolution select primary sources & primary source analysis prompts Learning from the Source: Minutemen & the Start of the Revolution learning activity The American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts collection Mapping the American Revolution and Its Era Battle maps and charts of the American Revolution (1881) Printed Ephemera 1763-1783 A broadside titled "No Stamped Paper to be had" … [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 woodcut Masthead and part of … [Read more...]