September 12, 2022

Collections Spotlight: Ruth Muskrat Bronson

Ruth Muskrat image set Ruth Muskrat newspaper articles More Ruth Muskrat historical newspaper coverage Read a Speech by a Native American Activist from the Early 1920s PBS Roadshow Ruth Muskrat’s Speech to President Coolidge, December 13, 1923 Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College Mount Holyoke Alumna Embraced Both Parts of Her Cultural Identity Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College Ruth Muskrat Bronson: American Indian Activist and Advocate Ahead of Her Time … [Read more...]

Today in History: Belva Lockwood

Today in History—November 30—the In Custodia Legis blog features lawyer Belva Lockwood, the became the first woman to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court on this day in 1880. In that case—Kaiser v. Stickney—she represented a local property owner in a debt dispute. Although Lockwood lost this case, she returned to the Supreme Court in 1906, at the age of 76, representing the Eastern and Emigrant Cherokees in the United States v. Cherokee Nation. This time her arguments prevailed and the Court … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Indian Removal

These primary sources and teaching resources relate to the removal of Native Americans from their ancestral lands. Documents related to the Indian Removal Act of 1830 A Bill to provide for an exchange of lands with the Indians residing in any of the States or Territories, and for their removal West of the river Mississippi (S. 102) February 22, 1830 Senate debated the above bill (S. 102) and then voted 28 to 19 to pass the Indian Removal Act April 24, 1830 House of Representatives … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Native American Perspectives

In celebration of Native American Heritage month, the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog provides some great suggestions for teaching students to view the experiences and contributions of Native Americans from various perspectives. Comparing sources from multiple perspectives provides students with practice in critical thinking and evaluating evidence and arguments. Links to more Native American teaching resources are listed below. Native American Boarding Schools primary source set … [Read more...]

Today in History: Chief John Ross & the Cherokee Nation

Today in History–October 3–the Library of Congress features Cherokee Chief John Ross, born on this day in 1790. Ross fought hard in Washington to preserve the Cherokee land but was ultimately unsuccessful. Learn more about his efforts by reviewing the Today in History section then click the links below to access more primary resources and stories related to the Cherokee. Chief Little John and the "Trail of Tears" from America's Library From Horseshoe Bend to the Trail of Tears Trail of … [Read more...]