October 19, 2021

Today in History: NASA & the Space Age

Today in History–June 24–the Library of Congress features the dawn of the space age. On this date in 1961, the public learned of President John F. Kennedy's letter assigning Vice President Lyndon Johnson to coordinate the U.S. satellite programs. Under Johnson, the National Space Council recommended that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) provide policy coordination with all government agencies involved in space flight. Find out more about the U.S. quest to explore the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Eugene O’Neill & the Provincetown Players

Today in History–November 3–the Library of Congress features Eugene O'Neill & the Provincetown Players. On this day in 1916, the experimental Playwrights' Theater opened its first New York season in Greenwich Village. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more Library resources related to Eugene O'Neill and theater. The Experimental Playwrights' Theater Opened Eugene O'Neill image set Scripts by Eugene O'Neill Eugene O'Neill … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Amateur Night @ the Apollo Race Relations

Read an oral history excerpt or the full oral history account by an audience member who attended amateur night at the Apollo Theater in November, 1938. In this account from American Life Histories, 1936-1940, Federal Writer Dorothy West describes an event that happened [there]. What does this event suggest about race relations in the late 1930s? What is West's view of the actions of the audience and the emcee? What would you have done if you were the emcee? In the audience? What can … [Read more...]