September 24, 2018

Timely Connections: Frederick Douglass & Scientific Racism

In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Eric Herschthal, a fellow at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library, suggests that we remember Frederick Douglass "as someone whose insights about scientific theories of race are every bit as relevant in our era as they were when he wrote them." Take a look at the examples Herschthal provides about Douglass'  efforts to challenge scientific racism, including ethnology or, as it was sometimes referred to, "the … [Read more...]

NHD 2017: CMHEC Topic Ideas – Urban Planning, Housing, Architecture, Environment

These curated resource lists coincide with the order of the topic ideas listed in the Chicago Metro History Fair (formerly CMHEC) NHD 2017 theme-related topic ideas. The links lead to resources from the Primary Source Nexus and the Library of Congress (LOC.gov) unless otherwise noted. Note: U.S. historic newspaper coverage is from 1789-1922 unless otherwise noted.Burnham and the City BeautifulToday in History: Daniel Burnham background & primary sources Featured Source: 1893 … [Read more...]

NHD 2016: CMHEC Topic Ideas – Arts & Culture

Below you will find Library of Congress resources curated by TPS-Barat that relate to National History Day 2016 topic ideas from the Chicago Metro History Education Center. This set specifically focuses on the arts and culture but all topic ideas are related to the 2016 NHD theme: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. NOTE: historic newspaper coverage is from 1836-1922.Exchanging Worlds, Exploring and Encountering Empire: World’s Fair Columbian ExpositionThe 1893 World Columbian … [Read more...]

Featured Source: 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition

Which U.S. states had buildings at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago? Label them with their state abbreviations on the map.Describe 10 objects you see on the map; on another page, note the location of each object (hint: use the map coordinates). Pass your object description list to someone and challenge that friend to locate all 10 objects.Compare and contrast this map with photographs of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Do you think the cartographer made … [Read more...]

Today in History: Panic of 1857

Today in History–August 24–the Library of Congress features the Panic of 1857, which began on this date and was one of the most severe economic crises in U.S. history. Find out more about this event and other financial crises of the 19th century and early 20th century by reviewing the Today in History section and the resources below.Panic of 1857 Began from America's Library1857 bank failure newspaper coverage"The Great Failure" The Atlantic Monthly Volume 1, Issue 4, February … [Read more...]