March 23, 2019

Finding Resources: Chronicling America Historic Newspaper Topic Guides

The Teaching with Library of Congress blog provides some great tips for finding articles in the Chronicling America Historic Newspaper Collections and provides some teaching ideas as well. Be sure to check out, too, the following learning activity: Comparing Reports: Battle of Little Bighorn. Below is a list of topic guides by subject, each of which includes a list of important dates, search strategies, and sample articles. You can also scroll through these topics by date range or by … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Amateur Night @ the Apollo Race Relations

Read an oral history excerpt or the full oral history account by an audience member who attended amateur night at the Apollo Theater in November, 1938. African Americans and a few whites crowded the [Apollo] theater to enjoy--and mock--amateur musicians. In this account from American Life Histories, 1936-1940, Federal Writer Dorothy West describes an event that happened [there]. What does this event suggest about race relations in the late 1930s? What is West's view of the actions of the … [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...]