September 23, 2019

Primary Source Learning: Native American Indian 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 American Indians from various perspectives. Links to more Native American teaching resources are listed below and you'll find even more primary source resources from around the Library via the PSN curated Native American Heritage themed link set. Lesson Plans & Activity Ideas Learning … [Read more...]

Today in History: Cowboys & Fall Roundup Time

Today in History–October 7–the Library of Congress features cowboys, or buckaroos, and fall roundup time. On this day in 1979 the Ninety-Six Ranch in Nevada completed its fall roundup and trail drive. Learn more about this roundup in the Today in History section then click the links below to access all sorts of cowboy stories and primary sources. Cowboy stories Buckaroos Nevada’s Buckaroos Cowboy poetry Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Medora Cheyenne Frontier Days Montana … [Read more...]

Today in History: Owen Wister & Cowboy Culture

Home on the Range (.mp3) Today in History–July 14–the Library of Congress features novelist Owen Wister, born on this day in 1860, whose 1902 novel The Virginian helped create the myth of the American cowboy. Click on the image above to zoom into key scenes from the novel highlighted on this literary map, then visit the Today in History section to learn more about cowboy culture. Still pining for more? Click the links below to access loads of cowyboy-related stories and primary … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Comparing Reports of the Battle of Little Bighorn

Have students collaborate to compare U.S. newspaper coverage of the Battle of Little Bighorn with eyewitness accounts from Native Americans who were there. Ask them to compare descriptions of the battle as well as characterizations of opposing forces. Remind students to look for and note differences in tone, particularly as defined by word choice. You may also ask students to consider which sources in each group seem more or less reliable or how the sources might have influenced the information … [Read more...]