August 23, 2019

Today in History: Langston Hughes

Today in History–February 1–the Library of Congress features writer and poet Langston Hughes, born on this date in 1902. Famous for his illuminating and moving depictions of African American life, Hughes was a prominent figure in the Harlem Renaissance movement. Learn more about this treasured American author by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more stories, primary sources, and teaching and learning resources. Background Langston Hughes stories … [Read more...]

Today in History: Phillis Wheatley

Today in History–September 1–the Library of Congress features poet Phillis Wheatley, whose book of poetry (the first of any African American) was published in London, England on this day in 1773 . Read what praise Wheatley received from George Washington and others by visiting the Today in History section.  For more poetry resources, check out the Primary Source Nexus posts and Library links below. Phillis Wheatley from America's Library Phillis Wheatley From the Catbird Seat March 1, … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Ballad of Booker T.

Access the four drafts and the final version of Langston Hughes's poem "Ballad of Booker T." from the Library of Congress. For ideas on helping students to follow the poet's creative process, check out the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog's teaching ideas for using the marked-up drafts and final copy of Hughes’ poem “Ballad of Booker T.” You might also have students analyze primary sources to see if they think Hughes, in his poem, aptly described Washington. Would students add to or … [Read more...]