May 24, 2019

Collection Spotlight: All American News

Spanning from 1942-45, All-American news were the first newsreels produced for a black audience and were originally intended to encourage black Americans to participate in, and support the war effort, as well as to reflect an African-American perspective on world and national events. 1942 All-American news [1942-08]: includes segments about a Baltimore merchant marine who survived when his ship was sunk and the Navy's Great Lakes Band. 1944 All American news III [1944-03]: includes … [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...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Slavery (U.S.)

Library slavery collections Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves An Introduction to the WPA Slave Narratives Caroline Hammond (a fugitive) "I was born in Anne Arundel County near Davidsonville about 3 miles from South River in the year 1844...." The story of Charles Crawley, ex-slave "God knows, how old I am. All I know is, I wuz born … [Read more...]