December 17, 2018

Featured Source: Thanksgiving Shopping Insert

Zoom into this newspaper page online or download a larger image. Use the shopping insert to help craft a Thanksgiving menu. What would you serve based on the items offered for sale?Look closely at the illustrations surrounding the advertisements. Add speech bubbles to bring the scene depicted at the top of the page to life.Compare and contrast this Thanksgiving shopping insert with other 1914 inserts from around the country. What similarities do you notice? What differences do you … [Read more...]

Featured Source: East Coast of Florida Is Paradise Regained

How does this source present the state of Florida? What details from the source support your response (see larger image)?Who is sponsoring this map? Why do you think so? What might that company hope to gain? Does the company still exist today? What more can you discover?Do a bit of research about the Spanish-American War, which was fought in 1898. How do you think this source might relate to the Spanish-American War?What other observations, reflections or questions does this source … [Read more...]

Featured Source: 1900 Gold Medal flour ad

Review these advertising persuasion techniques. Describe the technique(s) you find present in this 1900 newspaper advertisement for Gold Medal flour that appeared in the New-York Daily Tribune.Review the headlines on this page and scan the articles (online | .pdf). Do you think the audience for the articles is the same audience that Gold Medal flour executives were hoping to reach? Why or why not?Do you think this advertisement was likely to have been successful in 1900? Why or why not? … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Washington D.C. Invites You to the Opening of Congress

According to this ad, how could you get your free trip to Washington D.C.? How would you get to the U.S. capital from your home town today? How much would it cost?What can you still see now that you could see then? What places would be on your list of "must sees"?What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Featured Image: 1919 Help Wanted / Situations Wanted

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Featured Source: Nicknames of the States

Which states/territories were not given nicknames? How many states are represented on this? Are there any U.S. states not found on this map?How much would it have cost for you to buy this map in 1884? Why is there an image of one or more pigs on every state?Use these state primary source collections to find out more about one of these states and its nickname. What did you learn?What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Today in History: Stonewall Jackson

Today in History–January 21–the Library of Congress features Confederate general Stonewall Jackson, born on this date in 1824. An orphan, Thomas Jonathan Jackson devoted his life to the military as a soldier, teacher, and leader. Learn more about this man known for his stout courage by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more resources about Stonewall Jackson and the Civil War.Stonewall Jackson Was Born from America's LibraryStonewall Jackson … [Read more...]

Today in History: Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts

Today in History–August 21–the Library of Congress features the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts of America. On this day in 1912 Arthur R. Eldred of Oceanside, New York, became an Eagle Scout, the highest rank awarded to a Boy Scout. The Boy Scouts were founded in 1908 and the Girl Scouts, four years later in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low.  Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more scouting primary resources.Boy ScoutsBoy Scouts of … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Video Recordings

Video is used to tell stories and provide information. Because we live in a world increasingly dominated by video, it is critical that we teach students how to analyze this powerful primary source that combines moving images with sound and, sometimes, text. In addition to dramatic or documentary films, primary source video recordings include news reports, interviews, press conferences, testimonies, advertisements, entertainment broadcasts, and more. The analysis of video recordings, like primary … [Read more...]