September 30, 2022

Analyzing Primary Sources: Identifying Bias in Presidential Election Newspaper Coverage

In a Teaching with the Library of Congress blog post, Deborah Thomas, program manager for the National Digital Newspaper Program at the Library of Congress, discusses Helping Students Read Between the Lines: Identifying Bias and Attitude in Newspapers for the Presidential Election of 1912. With three major candidates, rather than the traditional two, the 1912 election became a varied debate between special interests, government oversight, and the value of individuals in society. While each … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Monopoly Brothers Supported by the Little Consumer

What is the setting of this political cartoon? What details in the source support your conclusion? How is the consumer depicted in this cartoon? How do the coal strikers compare to the trusts? What details in the source support your conclusions? Gov. Osborn is literally jumping on the "Taft bandwagon" in the cartoon. What does this detail suggest about this governor? Now read the bibliographic record. What more did you learn about the political situation in 1912 commented on in … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: April Evening Sky Map

Check out a larger view of this map. Is this the view you would see from the northern or the southern hemisphere? How do you know? What were or will be the dates of the moon phases for April of this year? If you can, print out this map and follow the directions in the bottom, left corner. Do you see the same thing? Read the Stars of the Titanic blog post. Next, choose one primary source from this Titanic primary source collection to analyze; use the appropriate analysis prompts to help … [Read more...]

Today in History: Olympic Games

Today in History–July 30–the Library of Congress features the Olympic Games, which opened on this day in 1932 in Los Angeles, California. It was the tenth Olympiad of the modern era and the first to have an Olympic Village where athletes were housed and fed. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources and stories related to the modern Olympic games. Olympic games image set Olympic game images from the Bain Collection … [Read more...]

Today in History: Progressive/Bull Moose Party

Today in History–June 22–the Library of Congress features the birth of the Progressive Party on this day in 1912. Led by Theodore Roosevelt, the Bull Moose Party promised to increase federal regulation and protect the welfare of ordinary citizens. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related resources. Bull Moose image set Bull Moose Trails (book, 1912) by Annie Hall Progressive Party image set National Progressive Convention, … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Goal!

Without knowing any background information, do you think this political cartoon is positive or negative? Why? Now do some research by following the links below and answer the questions. Links Taft vs. Bryan Presidential Election of 1908: select newspaper articles Wilson vs. Roosevelt vs. Taft Presidential Election of 1912: select newspaper articles Questions Who were the final candidates in the 1908 election and who won? What were some of the issues raised in the … [Read more...]