June 15, 2019

Primary Source Spotlight: Transportation

Teaching resources Around the World in 1896 How Transportation Transformed America: Going to Market Abraham Lincoln Primary Source Activity Book: transportation page Trains and Travel: Then and Now What Do Trains Do? Exploring Local History through Maps Featured Sources: guided primary source analysis activities An airship with a “Jim Crow” trailer The Alaska Line C&O Canal, Georgetown D.C. Charles Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St Louis” Airplane Cornell-Liberty … [Read more...]

Featured Source: An airship with a “Jim Crow” trailer

Explain what you think this political cartoon is trying to say, using details from the illustration to support your conclusions. Jim Crow is the name often used to refer to segregation laws and customs following the U.S. Civil War. Do you think this cartoon is a good argument for or against African American rights? Why? Jump this cartoon into the future. Create a similar cartoon that represents southern segregation laws and customs in the 1950s-60s America. What other observations, … [Read more...]

Today in History: Air Balloons & Airships

Today in History–February 8–the Library of Congress celebrates the birth of writer Jules Verne, born on this date in 1828, by featuring air balloons and airships. Around the time Verne's first book--Five Weeks in a Balloon--came out in 1863, the U.S. Army was using hydrogen gas balloons in Civil War reconnaissance missions. See what you can learn about air balloons and airships by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links below. You might also be interested in this 1907 silent … [Read more...]

Featured Source: The Way They Go to California

What different types of transportation are these men trying to use to get to California? Cartoonists sometimes exaggerate, or overdo, physical characteristics of people and things. Zoom into a more detailed image of this cartoon and look for examples of exaggeration. Describe one example and explain why it is a form of exaggeration for this situation. Find out about how people really got to California during the gold rush. Describe one person's story. What other observations, … [Read more...]