August 25, 2019

Today in History: Surrender at Yorktown

Today in History–October 19–the Library of Congress features the surrender at Yorktown of British General Charles Cornwallis to General George Washington on this day in 1781. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more stories and primary sources about Cornwallis and the American Revolution. General Cornwallis primary source set Surrender of Yorktown primary source set Cornwallis surrender at Yorktown historical newspaper … [Read more...]

Today in History: James Monroe

Today in History–October 17–the Library of Congress features James Monroe, who wrote wrote a letter on this date in 1823 to friend and former president Thomas Jefferson seeking advice on foreign policy. Both Jefferson and  James Madison, another former president, advised Monroe to join with Great Britain in a declaration warning other European nations not to intervene in the affairs of Central and South America. Monroe, however, took the advice of his secretary of state, John Quincy Adams, and … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Ballad of Booker T.

Access the four drafts and the final version of Langston Hughes's poem "Ballad of Booker T." from the Library of Congress. For ideas on helping students to follow the poet's creative process, check out the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog's teaching ideas for using the marked-up drafts and final copy of Hughes’ poem “Ballad of Booker T.” You might also have students analyze primary sources to see if they think Hughes, in his poem, aptly described Washington. Would students add to or … [Read more...]