January 20, 2023

Today in History: Elizabeth Keckley

Today in History–November 15–the Library of Congress features Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, whose emancipation deed was signed on this date in 1855. Although best known for her role as confidante and dressmaker to President Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd, Keckley was also an author and a generous philanthropist who assisted escapees from southern slavery. Find out more by visiting the  Today in History section, then click the links below to access related resources. Mention of Elizabeth Keckley in … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Bicycles

Free to Use and Reuse: Bicycles primary source set More bicycle images Bicycle & tricycle image set Cycling image set Bicycling maps Bicycling films Bicycle sheet music Uncle Josh on a bicycle song recording "Shall Women Ride the Bicycle?" Elizabeth Cady Stanton [Mrs. Larson's [bicycle] Story] oral history "A brilliant idea: a comedy sketch" 1897 satirical commentary on gender identity and the liberation felt and practiced by women of the 19th century Bicycle … [Read more...]

Today in History: Conde Nast, Vogue & Clothing Styles

Today in History–March 26–the Library of Congress features publisher Condé Nast, born on this day in 1874. While working as an advertising executive for Collier's, Nast created the concept of magazines based on targeted groups of readers. In 1909 he purchased Vogue and five years later created Vanity Fair. Learn more about American clothing styles by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources related to clothing, style and fashion. Condé … [Read more...]