October 5, 2022

Primary Source Spotlight: Freedmen’s Bureau

Freedmen's Bureau image set Freedmen's Bureau texts Freedmen's Bureau correspondence and other texts Freedmen's Bureau historical newspaper articles 1865-1872 Freedmen's Bureau Records Preservation Act of 2000 Freedmen’s Bureau, 1865–1872 online exhibition items African American Odyssey: Reconstruction online exhibition Freedmen's Bureau Records Smithsonian Freedmen's Bureau Transcription Project Smithsonian "The Freedmen's Bureau" by W.E.B. Du Bois The Atlantic … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Constance Baker Motley

Constance Baker Motley image set James Meredith and NAACP lawyers Constance Baker Motley and Jack Greenberg photo Founding of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund memorandum from Thurgood Marshall Constance Baker Motley historical newspaper coverage NAACP lawyer Constance Baker Motley discusses her surprise at crowds at the March on Washington video Our Guest Speaker: Constance Baker Motley event program Supreme Court cases argued by Constance Baker Motley (9/10 success … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Ralph Ellison

Ralph Ellison historical newspaper coverage Harlem (as described by Leo Gurley) in interview by Ralph Ellison June 14, 1939 Ralph Ellison Invisible Man 1952 Book Cover with curator's note Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man draft pages and portrait with curator's note Ralph Ellison, Reading from a Novel in Progress Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature March 28, 1983 Ralph Ellison, The Art of Fiction Paris Review Issue 8, Spring 1955 Library blog posts & articles Banned Books … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker image set Madam C.J. Walker advertisements & historical newspaper coverage Modern-day legislation commemorating Madam C.J. Walker Blog posts & articles Madam C.J. Walker Headlines & Heroes May 29, 2020 The Beauty Entrepreneur Inside Adams March 6, 2020 From Rags to Riches: Author Reviews Life of Madam C.J. Walker Library of Congress Information Bulletin, Vol. 60, No. 5, May 2001 How Business Executive Madam C. J. Walker Became a Powerful … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Three-Fifths Compromise & the Northwest Ordinance

Three-Fifths Compromise U.S. Constitution Article I Section 2 Clause 3 Fragment of an original letter on the slavery of the negroes; written in the year 1776, by Thomas Day, Esq James Madison correspondence related to slavery Madison Debates, Avalon Project June 11, 1787 July 11, 1787 July 12, 1787 August 8, 1787 August 25, 1787 The Constitution a pro-slavery compact; or, Extracts from the Madison papers, etc. selected by Wendell Phillips 1856 Mysteries … [Read more...]

Collections Spotlight: African American Perspectives

"African American Perspectives" gives a panoramic and eclectic review of African American history and culture and is primarily comprised of two collections in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division: the African American Pamphlet Collection and the Daniel A.P. Murray Collection with a date range of 1822 through 1909. Most were written by African-American authors, though some were written by others on topics of particular importance in African-American history. Among the authors … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Black American History & Heritage

Primary source sets with teacher guides Baseball: Across a Changing Nation Civil War Images: Depictions of African Americans in the War Effort Harlem Renaissance Jim Crow in America The NAACP: A Century in the Fight for Freedom Rosa Parks Veterans' Stories: Struggles for Participation Story maps Educated and Enslaved: The Journey of Omar Ibn Said Freedom Susie King Taylor Curated resource sets - primary sources & secondary too Individuals … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Story Maps

Story Maps are immersive web applications that tell the incredible stories of the Library’s collections through narrative, multimedia, and interactive maps. The story maps are created within a Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based software platform created by Esri. Story Maps are chock full of primary sources, including photographs, illustrations, texts, newspaper articles, and even maps. “I find story maps to be a twenty-first-century tool for a twenty-first-century library,” said … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: LOC.gov Teacher-Created Lesson Plans

The Teacher's section on LOC.gov features close to 100 teacher-created lesson plans. As you can see from the image above, lesson plans are listed in alphabetical order and there is a handy search bar to help you easily conduct a keyword search. Use the links below to jump to select groupings of the LOC.gov lesson plans and related PSN teaching resources. All lesson plans Lesson plans by grade level Elementary: Grades 3-5 Middle School: Grades 6-8 High school: Grades … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: I Am an American Day

Find a partner and have one read the first article and the other the second article. Each person should re-read their article and then analyze the source to answer the questions below. (NOTE: to enlarge the type, click here to read them online) What argument does the article present? What evidence from the text supports your response? Why do you think the author chose to include these specific details of description or explanation? What was happening during this time period? Who do … [Read more...]