September 24, 2022

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Presenting Party Platforms

Zoom into this 1888 presidential election document online or in a .pdf document. Look closely at the graphical elements of the complete document and compare and contrast the presentation of information in the Harrison and Cleveland maps. Which is more pleasing visually and why? How does the visual presentation affect the tone of each map? Describe your findings using specific details from the maps to support your conclusions. Now compare and contrast the textual information presented on each … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Women Land Ownership & the World Economy

Zoom into this 1997 map online or this .pdf document. What do you learn just from looking at the title and the information presented outside of the country labels (ignore the orange leaves for now)? Look at the country labels (orange leaves). Which countries have the most female landowners? Use the information provided in this map to chart female land ownership in 1997. How might you explain this data? What questions do you have? A 2013 United Nations report describes the importance of female … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Tariff Triumph of Pharaoh Wilson

Do some research on the Primary Source Nexus to find out who Wilson was. If you don't know what a Pharaoh is, do some research outside of the Primary Source Nexus to find out. Why do you think this political cartoon might have compared Wilson to a Pharaoh? Look up the definition of a tariff. Now zoom into a more detailed view of this cartoon. Look closely and try to figure out some of the symbols the cartoonist used. For help reading cartoons, click the links below. Analyzing Primary … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Kenya 12-69

Imagine you are from another planet and have been charged with reporting back to your commander on this country called Kenya on the continent of Africa. Zoom into this composite map and investigate the information presented. Create an outline of your findings. Compare the information in this composite map with one of the maps linked to below, noting similarities and differences. Kenya population density, NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center 2000 Kenya's ethnic groups, BBC … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Has the war ruined the country?

Read the headline and the four lines of text just under the headline. Then look at the footer text at the bottom of this page. Who do you think was the audience for this broadside? Explain the reasoning behind your conclusion. (Hint: If you need help answering this, there is one particular word that you should research.) What can you learn about the evidence referenced in this broadside just by looking at the diagrams? (Don't read the text below the diagrams yet!) Access a larger version … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Monopoly Brothers Supported by the Little Consumer

What is the setting of this political cartoon? What details in the source support your conclusion? How is the consumer depicted in this cartoon? How do the coal strikers compare to the trusts? What details in the source support your conclusions? Gov. Osborn is literally jumping on the "Taft bandwagon" in the cartoon. What does this detail suggest about this governor? Now read the bibliographic record. What more did you learn about the political situation in 1912 commented on in … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Labor

Labor lessons & activities Chicago Anarchists & the Haymarket Affair Chicago Anarchists on Trial: collection connections Chicago Meatpackers & the Unions Dust Bowl Songs & Photographs Farm Workers - America from the Great Depression to World War II: Color Photographs from the FSA and OWI, 1939-45 The Grapes of Wrath: Voices from the Great Depression Inside an American Factory: collection connections Labor - America from the Great Depression to World War … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Industrial America Primary Source Set

Have students use the primary sources in this set to tell a story about the period 1876-1900 when industrial growth helped transform the United States, producing a new class of wealthy industrialists, a prosperous middle class, and a vastly expanded working class comprised of millions of migrants from rural areas and new immigrants from overseas. The story about this time of technological breakthroughs and cultural shifts may be in digital or print form. It could be nonfiction, fiction, poetry, … [Read more...]

Today in History: Federal Reserve System

Today in History–December 23–the Library of Congress features the Federal Reserve System, created on this day in 1913 when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Owen-Glass Act. The system, designed to formulate U.S. monetary policy, began operating in November, 1914. Learn more by reviewing the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more related primary sources. Federal Reserve legislation Federal Reserve books & articles At the Beginning of a New Era Rock … [Read more...]

Today in History: First American Cotton Mill

Today in History–December 20–the Library of Congress features the first American cotton mill, opened on this day in 1790. Learn more about the history of cotton mills in America by reviewing the Today in History section, then click the links below for related primary sources. The First American Cotton Mill Began Operation from America's Library Cotton mill image set Cotton mill books & articles American life histories mentioning cotton mills Cotton mill historical newspaper … [Read more...]