August 19, 2022

Primary Source Spotlight: U.S. Military Conscription (the Draft)

The Draft Riots of 1863 : A Historical Study Read at the Meeting of the Ohio Commandery Civil War draft riots Civil War induction officer with lottery box photograph Civil War Conscription Laws In Custodia Legis November 15, 2012 Freemen! Avoid Conscription! 1862 broadside Abraham's draft, 600,000 more 1862 sheet music Southern "volunteers" 1862 political cartoon The Conscription Bill speech of Hon. S.S. Cox, of Ohio delivered on February 26, 1863 Abraham Lincoln … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Mississippi River

Mississippi River maps Mississippi River images Civil War Mississippi River Fleet image set The River 1938 film Audio recordings related to the Mississippi River songs & oral histories The Mississippi River 1851 sheet music Correspondence related to the Mississippi River Reports & other texts related to the Mississippi River Mississippi River historical newspaper articles & advertisements 1900 and later U.S. legislation related to the Mississippi … [Read more...]

Today in History: Title IX

Today in History–June 23–Congress passed the landmark legislation, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which, as amended (20 U.S.C. § 1681, et seq.) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational institutions and programs receiving federal funding. Learn more in this research guide overview and the resources linked to above and below. Legislative Path to Title IX timeline with links to primary sources Title IX digital copy National Archives U.S. legislation … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Freedmen’s Bureau

Freedmen's Bureau image set Freedmen's Bureau texts Freedmen's Bureau correspondence and other texts Freedmen's Bureau historical newspaper articles 1865-1872 Freedmen's Bureau Records Preservation Act of 2000 Freedmen’s Bureau, 1865–1872 online exhibition items African American Odyssey: Reconstruction online exhibition Freedmen's Bureau Records Smithsonian Freedmen's Bureau Transcription Project Smithsonian "The Freedmen's Bureau" by W.E.B. Du Bois The Atlantic … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Narragansett

Narragansett Indian Fall Festival image set Indian Rock, Narragansett image set Image set: masonry work and belt buckle creation by Narragansett Narragansett oral history audio recordings Letter related to Narragansett history project Narragansett mentions in A report to the Secretary of War of the United States, on Indian affairs, comprising a narrative of a tour performed in the summer of 1820 The early history of Narragansett; with an appendix of original documents … [Read more...]

Collections Spotlight: LGBTQ+ Resources

LGBTQ Activism and Contributions primary source set with teacher's guide Photographs Gay men creating a display labeled "Free: Gay Liberation, Minnesota" 1970 Male couples 1970 Gay rights demonstration at the Democratic National Convention 1976 AIDS quilt, Washington, D.C. 1987 Gary Pride Parade image set 2012 An LGBT Pride flag 2018 Posters Gay is angry, gay revolution networker 1971 I never loved a man the way that I love you! 1973 Gays & work symposium … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Afghanistan

Afghanistan primary source set World Digital Library The Great Game and Afghanistan story map Voices from Afghanistan online exhibition highlighting citizen letters Afghanistan maps Afghanistan image set Films & webcasts related to Afghanistan Books & articles about Afghanistan Dance styles Pashtu Afghanistan Alan Lomax Collection Veteran oral histories Current Conflicts: Afghanistan and Iraq Persian Gulf and Iraq/Afghanistan:Women of Four Wars More … [Read more...]

Teaching Now: Examining Social Justice Through Historical, Classic and Contemporary Sources

This is a guest post from Kasey Short, an eighth-grade English teacher at Charlotte Country Day school in North Carolina.  When I moved from 6th to 8th grade last year, one thing I thought about a lot was how I would approach teaching To Kill a Mockingbird. I knew that I wanted to provide historical context as well as the perspective of recent cases in which people of color have been unjustly found guilty. I also wanted to showcase the voices of people who had been wrongly accused and the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Patsy Mink

Patsy Mink online exhibition Patsy Mink image set Select primary sources from the Patsy T. Mink Papers Title IX sources from the Patsy Mink Papers Legislation Sponsored or Cosponsored by Patsy T. Mink Patsy Mink Remarks in the Congressional Record Legislation created in celebration and in memory of Patsy Mink Patsy Mink obituaries Patsy Takemoto Mink: First Woman of Color in Congress event video recording Patsy Mink biography U.S. House History, Art & … [Read more...]

Today in History: Jefferson Davis Captured

Today in History–May 10–the Library of Congress features the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis by Union troops on this day in 1865. The capture thwarted Davis’ plan to escape by sea from the east coast of Florida and then to sail to Texas where he hoped to establish a new Confederacy. He was sent, along with his family, to Fort Monroe in Virginia. There he was placed in solitary confinement and indicted for treason but was never tried. Davis was released two years later, in May … [Read more...]