October 20, 2018

Today in History: Haiti

Today in History–January 2–the Library of Congress features Haiti. On this date in 1893 Frederick Douglass, who once served as U.S. minister to this caribbean country, delivered an address at the dedication of the Haitian Pavilion at the World’s Columbian Exposition. Learn more Douglass' speech and the country by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary and secondary sources.Lecture on Haiti, Frederick Douglass, January 2, 1893Frederick … [Read more...]

NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise Topic Ideas: European History 18-19th Centuries

These curated resource lists coincide with the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise theme sample topics list. The links lead to resources accessed from the Library of Congress (LOC.gov) unless otherwise noted.Selling Souls for Sugar: Slavery and the Sugar IslandsThe West India Atlas: or a Compendious Description of the West Indies: Illustrated with Forty Correct Charts and Maps Taken from Actual Surveys Curator note: This volume was the first comprehensive … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: World Digital Library

Overview The World Digital Library (WDL) provides access to multilingual primary sources from around the world. It's mission is to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding by highlighting the stories and achievements of all countries and cultures. WDL "is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, carried out with the support of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, … [Read more...]

Today in History: U.S. Virgin Islands

Today in History–March 31–the Library of Congress features the U.S. Virgin Islands. On this date in 1917, the United States took formal possession of the Danish West Indies, renaming them the Virgin Islands. The U.S. purchased the islands from Denmark for $25 million because of their strategic location near the Panama Canal. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to learn more about these beautiful Caribbean islands.U.S. Took Ownership of the Virgin … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: The Bahamas

Country Study: Commonwealth of Caribbean Islands, including The BahamasBahamas primary source set, World Digital LibraryBahamas mapsBooks about The BahamasBahamas songs (audio recordings)Bahamas historic newspaper coverageBahamas images from American MemoryMore Bahamas imagesU.S. legislation related to BahamasGuide to Law Online: BahamasComparing Independence Movements in the Americas WebcastMore World History & Culture Resources … [Read more...]

Today in History: Dominican Republic

Today in History–June 26–the Library of Congress features the Dominican Republic. On this day in 1924, U.S. troops pulled out after 8 years of occupying the Caribbean nation. Learn more about the island nation's road to independence by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more resources related to the Dominican Republic.Country Study: Dominican RepublicDominican Republic country profile BBCDominican Republic timline BBCHaiti & … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Hispanic Heritage

Lesson Plans & Activity IdeasLearning from the Source: Cesar Chavez & Good Citizenship Learning from the Source: Media & Migrant Laborers Perspectives Hispanic Exploration in America primary source set & teacher guide Mexican American Migrations and Communities primary source set & teacher guide Collection Connections: Spain, the United States and the American Frontier Collection Connections: Puerto Rico at the Dawn of the Modern Age Collection … [Read more...]

Today in History: Jamaica

Today in History–May 3–the Library of Congress features the island of Jamaica, first spotted by Christopher Columbus on this day in 1494. This Caribbean nation won its independence from Great Britain in 1962 but is still a member of the British commonwealth. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more resources related to Jamaica.Country Study: Commonwealth of Caribbean Islands, including JamaicaJamaica profile BBCJamaica timeline … [Read more...]