February 23, 2019

Analyzing Primary Sources: 3D Pyramid

The 3D Pyramid created by Historica Canada helps students analyze primary sources in 5 steps. The 5Ws Context Exploring Reaching Conclusions Finding Proof Find out more about the five steps by visiting the 3D Pyramid tool page. Download the 3D Pyramid to use in your classroom. Thanks @ChristinaGanev for surfacing this great tool! … [Read more...]

Collection Spotlight: All American News

Spanning from 1942-45, All-American news were the first newsreels produced for a black audience and were originally intended to encourage black Americans to participate in, and support the war effort, as well as to reflect an African-American perspective on world and national events. 1942 All-American news [1942-08]: includes segments about a Baltimore merchant marine who survived when his ship was sunk and the Navy's Great Lakes Band. 1944 All American news III [1944-03]: includes … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: Frederick Douglass & Scientific Racism

In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Eric Herschthal, a fellow at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library, suggests that we remember Frederick Douglass "as someone whose insights about scientific theories of race are every bit as relevant in our era as they were when he wrote them." Take a look at the examples Herschthal provides about Douglass'  efforts to challenge scientific racism, including ethnology or, as it was sometimes referred to, "the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Second Amendment & Gun Control

Bill of Rights Second Amendment: contemporary U.S. legislation Second Amendment - Gun Ownership and the Supreme Court Law Library of Congress The social costs of gun ownership National Bureau of Economic Research c2004 Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act Gun control: contemporary U.S. legislation Gun control: implementation of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System April, 2000 What should America do about gun violence? hearing before the Committee on the … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: James Madison & Slavery

In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Noah Feldman, a Harvard law professor and the author of the book The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President, discusses the dichotomies between Madison's moral views of slavery and his actions. Delving into the past, he contends, can provide us with lessons in racism for today. The tension between Madison’s aspirational beliefs and his highly constrained actions continues to be America’s own tension. Like Madison, contemporary United … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Skating

Figure skating "International Style" Figure Skating Championship March 20, 1914 from America's Library Ice-dancing, St. Moritz photograph Timeline & select historical newspaper articles More historical newspaper articles related to figure skating Olympic figure skating historical newspaper coverage How to become a skater; containing full instructions for excelling at figure and speed skating 1904 illustrated book A handbook of figure skating arranged for use on the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks was born on Nov. 30, 1912 and died on March 7, 2006. A highly influential photographer, he contributed to the Farm Security Administration, Life Magazine, and Vogue, and also wrote books and poetry, composed music, and directed movies. Gordon Parks photographs Trumpet Awards honorees Tom Bradley, Gordon Parks, Maya Angelou and others 1994 photograph Gordon Parks mention in The Detroit tribune. (Detroit, Mich.), 06 Nov. 1948 Gordon Parks in Today in History Gordon … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: Foundational Lessons in Democracy & Civil Discourse

"Conspiracy theories run amok. Fear of spies and meddling in American politics at the highest levels by foreign powers. A bipartisan divide so bitter that the federal government moves to muzzle what many politicians believe to be a biased, out-of-control news media." Current events? Actually, the excerpt paints a picture of the political climate during John Adam's tenure as president of the United States and is the lead paragraph of a book review from the Christian Science Monitor of Friends … [Read more...]

Looking Back: Winter 2016-2017 Resources

Winter was not a time for discontent for those who teach and learn with primary sources from the Library of Congress. Check out all the great content TPS-Barat shared from December, 2016 - February, 2017. Primary Source Picks Primary Source Spotlight James Reese Europe Alexander Hamilton Snow Weather World Spotlight Australia Gambia Sweden Syria Teaching & Learning Primary Source Learning African American History & Culture Primary Sources … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: James Reese Europe

James Reese Europe biography African-American History Month: James Reese Europe In the Muse blog February 24, 2010 James Reese Europe images Ragtime Dance: Castle Walk film Ragtime Dance: One Step Variation film James Reese Europe song recordings James Reese Europe sheet music James Reese Europe: timeline & select newspaper articles More James Reese Europe historic newspaper coverage Clef Club historic newspaper coverage 369th Infantry historic newspaper … [Read more...]