September 28, 2022

Collections Spotlight: Cyclones, Hurricanes, Typhoons

Cyclones The recent cyclone in the South photograph U.S.S. Yantic, after cyclone photograph Sailing in a cyclone storm sheet music The Voice of the Cyclone on Sea and Land 1893 U.S. historical newspaper coverage of cyclones US. legislation related to cyclones Places in the News October 2012: Cyclone Nilam heading towards India Fiji : February 20, 2016 - Cyclone Winston Hurricanes Hurricane primary source set U.S. historical newspaper coverage of … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Republic of Korea (South Korea)

Republic of Korea maps South Korea maps Maps of Seoul, South Korea Under Japanese Occupation South Korea images Republic of Korea reports & other texts South Korea reports & other texts Republic of Korea: historical U.S. newspaper coverage South Korea: historical U.S. newspaper coverage Korean Culture Art Program and Concert event recording Republic of Korea: U.S. veteran's stories South Korea: U.S. veteran's stories U.S. legislation related to the … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: The Banks of the Yellow Sea

This Emily Dickinson poem was set to music by composer Ernst Bacon. Take a closer look at this sheet music and read the lyrics. What feeling does this poem give you? What specific word choices influence how you feel? What kind of music do you think would go with these words (happy, upbeat, sad, mournful, lively, slow, etc.)? Even if you can't read music, what clues to the music do you get about how Bacon wanted the song to sound from the sheet music? Now listen to a song recording of "The Banks … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Dwight D. Eisenhower

From America’s Library: Dwight D. Eisenhower Born: October 14, 1890 Died: March 28, 1969 Dwight David Eisenhower was an inspiring military leader, best-selling author, head of Columbia University, and president of the United States. As the top American general and later Allied Supreme Commander in the European theater, he directed Allied forces in World War II to victories in North Africa and Italy and coordinated the massive and successful D-Day invasion of France. Extraordinarily … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Cartoonist Commentary-Vietnam War

U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War lasted more than a decade. Have students analyze political cartoons from the primary source sets below to consider different issues related to this war and how cartoonists' perspectives of U.S. involvement evolved over time. If students are not practiced at analyzing political cartoons, use the accompanying resources to help prepare and guide students in this type of primary source analysis. You may choose to have students analyze the cartoons twice, first … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Vietnam

Vietnam country profile Vietnam country study Vietnam primary source set World Digital Library Vietnam maps Vietnam images Group of children, with baskets, posed under palm tree, Saigon Group of ten workers posed by palm trees, Saigon Two women posed, seated, Saigon Mandarin, full length, seated, facing front, Saigon Elderly man watching two young boys Street in Saigon Municipal theatre and stand for "malabars," the oriental hansom cab Bridge over branch of … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Cambodia

Cambodia primary source set World Digital Library Cambodia maps Foreign Affairs oral histories mentioning Cambodia Historic U.S. newspaper coverage of Cambodia (through 1922) "A Cambodian Ceremony" Scribners Monthly, an illustrated magazine for the people Volume 9, Issue 1, November 1874 "The Cambodian House" Manufacturer and Builder Volume 19, Issue 5, May 1887 Journey to Freedom: The Boat People Retrospective 2009 webcast U.S. legislation related to Cambodia Guide to … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Asian American Pacific Islanders

Celebrate the history and diverse cultures of Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) through the foci of primary source images, documents, oral histories, and more. You'll also find related lesson plans, stories, interactives, and streaming webcasts--come explore! Teaching Resources: Asian American Pacific Islander History & Culture PSN Asian Pacific source sets Cherry Blossoms Chinese Exclusion Act Japanese-American Internment Korean War Duke Kahanamoku & Surfing … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: China

China primary sources from the World Digital Library collection China maps China books & other texts China: historical U.S. newspaper coverage China / Chinese: song recordings & oral histories China / Chinese: sheet music China: U.S. veteran's stories China / Chinese films & webcasts Images of China Images of Chinese Chinese flutes artifact images U.S. legislation related to China Transition from the Lunar Calendar to the Western Calendar Under … [Read more...]

Today in History: Burma / Myanmar

Today in History–January 4–the Library of Congress features Burma (Myanmar), which gained independence on this date in 1948. Learn some more about this Asian country by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary sources. Burma (Myanmar) maps Contemporary U.S. legislation related to Burma (Myanmar) Burma (Myanmar) books Burma historical newspaper coverage Burma (Myanmar) historical images Myanmar primary source set from the World … [Read more...]