April 24, 2018

Timely Connections: Foundational Lessons in Democracy & Civil Discourse

"Conspiracy theories run amok. Fear of spies and meddling in American politics at the highest levels by foreign powers. A bipartisan divide so bitter that the federal government moves to muzzle what many politicians believe to be a biased, out-of-control news media." Current events? Actually, the excerpt paints a picture of the political climate during John Adam's tenure as president of the United States and is the lead paragraph of a book review from the Christian Science Monitor of Friends … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: Individual Influence

The article, In a Lost Essay, a Glimpse of an Elusive Poet and Slave (The New York Times Sept. 25, 2017), tells the intriguing story of the discovery of a primary source text by Jonathan Senchyne, an assistant professor of book history at the University of Wisconsin. The essay, "Individual Influence" by North Carolina slave and poet George Moses Horton, was found in a scrapbook documenting an 1856 University of North Carolina (UNC) controversy compiled by Henry Harrisse, a 19th-century historian … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Dorothea Dix

Dorothea L. Dix (1802-1887) was an actively engaged citizen who tirelessly advocated for help for the less fortunate, particularly the mentally ill. Use the resources below to learn more. Dorothea Lynde Dix portrait Dorothea Lynde Dix to Abraham Lincoln, Monday, June 17, 1861 (transcription) To the Legislature of Massachusetts [protesting against the confinement of insane persons and idiots in almshouses and prisons] Dorothea Dix 1843 Memorial soliciting a state hospital for the … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Great Britain & the United Kingdom

Great Britain—England, Scotland, and Wales—was established in 1707. Around a century later, together Great Britain and Ireland formed the United Kingdom though, today, only Northern Ireland remains part of the UK. The Library of Congress uses Great Britain in both descriptive and subject cataloging as the conventional form for the United Kingdom. Learning about Great Britain can help students better understand the foundations of U.S. culture and government. Great Britain John Bull and … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Alexander Hamilton

Today in History: Alexander Hamilton background information & select primary sources Alexander Hamilton Papers Library of Congress Blog August 29, 2017 Alexander Hamilton Papers collection Alexander Hamilton image set Alexander Hamilton items in the Creating the United States online exhibition Report of the Committee of Detail with annotations by Alexander Hamilton Report of the Committee of Style with annotations by Alexander Hamilton A Champion to Challenge Alexander … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Thomas Paine

Common Sense 1776 image of original cover page American Treasures: Thomas Paine’s Common Sense Plain truth; addressed to the inhabitants of America, containing, remarks on a late pamphlet, entitled Common sense signed “Rationalis” image of original cover page The American crisis (No. 1) transcription image of original cover page More Thomas Paine writings Thomas Paine National Historical Association Thomas Paine correspondence Thomas Paine historical newspaper … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Martha Graham

Martha Graham bio Martha Graham timeline Martha Graham images Martha Graham correspondence & other documents Martha Graham article clippings & program bills More Martha Graham clippings Martha Graham at the Library streaming webcast Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring streaming webcast Documenting Dance: The Making of Appalachian Spring p. 10 Library of Congress Magazine September/October 2014 More Appalachian Spring primary sources & resources … [Read more...]

NHD 2016: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange Topic Ideas Part II

These curated resource lists coincide with the order of the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2016 theme sample topics list. Note: historic newspaper coverage is from 1836-1922. Exploring the Nation: The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Today in History: B&O Railroad (background & primary source sets) An Encounter with Fanaticism: John Doyle Lee and the Arkansas Mountain Meadows Massacre Execution of John Doyle Lee before and after images History of the Mountain Meadows Massacre … [Read more...]

City Spotlight: New Orleans

  New Orleans at 300: The Crescent City's Tricentennial Inside Adams blog January 9, 2018 War of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans America's Library Winning the Battle of New Orleans January 8, 1815 America's Library The Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Folklife Today blog January 8, 2015 Mardi Gras Season in New Orleans America's Library local legacy Happy Mardi Gras! Inside Adams blog The Supreme Madness of the Carnival Season In Custodia Legis blog February … [Read more...]

City Spotlight: St. Louis

St. Louis maps St. Louis image set Historical films featuring St. Louis "Meet me in St. Louis, Louis" song recording "St. Louis Blues" song recording St. Louis sheet music The St. Louis Republic, 1900-06 St. Louis, Mo. St. Louis articles, correspondence & reports St. Louis books & other texts U.S. legislation related to St. Louis Missouri state primary source collections … [Read more...]