November 19, 2018

Primary Source Spotlight: Film & Video

Film & video collectionsAmerica at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures 1894-1915 American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment 1870-1920 Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire: Early Films of San Francisco 1897-1916 Buckaroos in Paradise: Ranching Culture in Northern Nevada 1945-1982 Civil Rights History Project Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant and Hymnody Fifty Years of Coca-Cola Television Advertisements Great Conversations in Music … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Oral Histories & Personal Narratives

LOC.gov contains numerous oral history and personal narrative resources. Check out the lists below!Teaching resourcesAnalyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Oral Histories Learning from the Source: Chicago Meatpackers & the Unions Learning from the Source: Digital Stories of Our Heroes Learning from the Source: Media & Migrant Laborer Perspectives Primary Source Learning: September 11, 2001 Capturing an Oral History: Tips for Students Billy the Kid: … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning About Lincoln

We all can learn a lot from Abraham Lincoln. Below you will find links to primary source activities, lessons, and projects from the Library of Congress, TPS-Barat and other TPS consortium members.Abraham Lincoln: Rise to National Prominence primary source set and teacher's guide Teaching Now: Using Primary Sources to Create a Lincoln Assassination Newscast Learning from the Source: lessonsAbraham Lincoln & Me Activity Book Gettysburg Address Image Sequencing Mourning … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Fugitive Slave Law

Practical illustration of the Fugitive Slave LawEffects of the Fugitive-Slave-LawTriumphFugitive slave law political cartoonsFugitive slave bill ... Approved, September 18, 1850. Millard FillmoreThings to be remembered. Remember that the Whig administration of Millard Fillmore enacted the Fugitive Slave bill, in violation of the constitution and all the legal safeguards of personal libertyFugitive Slave Law, Senate Congressional Globe documentsFugitive Slave Law, … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Western Expansion & Manifest Destiny

This set of primary sources and teaching resources focuses, primarily, on the time period 1800-1860.Western expansion stories from America's LibraryWestern expansion timeline (includes primary source activities)Primary Source setsWestern expansion (includes teacher guide) Primary Source Learning: Expansion & Reform (includes learning activity)Primary source collectionsPioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, 1820-1910 … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Immigration

Primary source setsImmigration: Challenges for New Americans (includes teacher guide) Mexican American Migrations and Communities (includes teacher guide) Immigration primary source iBook Immigration images Immigrants images The Emigrant's Guide by William Cobbett 1830 Advice and Guide to Emigrants by Patrick O'Kelly 1834 More immigration books & texts Historical newspaper coverage: immigration problem Historical newspaper coverage: immigration benefits … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: What’s Available When LOC.gov Is Offline

Sometimes LOC.gov and some of its associated sites are not available. Whether that's because of maintenance or a government shutdown, don't despair. Here are some ways to access great Library resources.Congress.govlegislative information on Congress.gov availableWorld Digital Libraryprimary sources from numerous partner institutions, including the Library of Congress, availableLibrary of Congress Flickr accountimage sets available, including access to larger images and … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: U.S. Presidents

Teaching resources: primary source lesson plans, activities & strategiesPrimary Source Learning: U.S. President lessons, analysis activities & more Primary Source Learning: Presidential Elections Primary Source Learning: Women in the White HousePresidential Spotlight: primary source collectionsGeorge Washington John Adams Thomas Jefferson James Madison James Monroe John Quincy Adams Andrew Jackson Martin Van Buren William Henry Harrison … [Read more...]

Today in History: Albert Ruger

Today in History–November 12–the Library of Congress features mapmaker Albert Ruger, who died on this day in 1899. Ruger was one of the first panoramic map artists to achieve success for his birds-eye views of places. Learn more about his craft by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links below.Albert Ruger mapsPanoramic map artists & publishersPanoramic mappingPanoramic maps collection connections (teaching resources / activity ideas)Primary Source … [Read more...]

Today in History: Jackie Robinson

Today in History–October 11–the Library of Congress features baseball great Jackie Robinson, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the second game of the 1972 World Series game on this day. The game also featured a commemoration of the 25th anniversary of breaking the color line, which Jackson did in 1947 when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He finished that first season as baseball's Rookie of the Year, batting .297 and leading the National League with 29 stolen bases. Learn more … [Read more...]