August 3, 2021

Primary Source Learning: Film & Video

Analyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Video Recordings Teaching with the Library of Congress blog posts All-American News: Newsreels for African American Audiences February 7, 2019 Explore Library of Congress Professional Development Videos April 11, 2017 Exploring America's Cinematic Heritage through the National Film Registry December 17, 2015 Football Through Film and Other Primary Sources January 31, 2019 Inspiring Citizen Action with the National Screening Room … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie Lou Hamer, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party delegate, at the Democratic National Convention, Atlantic City, New Jersey August 1964 | curator's note Jury Frees Five Law Officers in Miss. Beating The Detroit Tribune. (Detroit, Mich.), 21 Dec. 1963 Civil Rights oral histories mentioning Fannie Lou Hamer Euvester Simpson Charles McLaurin Maria Varela Jennifer Lawson Peggy Jean Connor Fannie Lou Hamer primary source album TPS Teachers Network Fannie Lou Hamer … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Tools & Guides

Primary sources, as described by the Library of Congress, "are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects that were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts that retell, analyze, or interpret events, usually at a distance of time or place. Bringing young people into close contact with these unique, often profoundly personal documents and objects can give them a sense of what it was like to be alive during a long-past era. Helping … [Read more...]

NHD 2021 Communication in History: Topic Ideas & Resources

Conventions, Expositions, Fairs Today in History: Woman’s Rights Conventions Paris Exposition resources World's Columbian Exposition resources World's Fair resources World's Fair St. Louis resources | timeline & select historical newspaper articles Methods of Communication Sign language Braille Political Cartoons Posters Movements Abolition Civil Rights Conservation Harlem Renaissance Woman Suffrage | Tactics in the March to Suffrage … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Polio

Historical newspaper coverage of polio A Special Report on Polio 1955 film U.S. legislation related to polio from 1985 Picture Books and Primary Sources: The Polio Pioneer: Dr. Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine Primary source set to accompany the picture book, The Polio Pioneer Polio and Parallels to the Covid-19 Pandemic Emerging America What is Polio? CDC When Polio Was Defeated by a Vaccine…and a Seven-Year-Old Girl Now See Hear! blog post October 28, 2014 Whatever … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Harlem Hellfighters

The Harlem Hellfighters was a German nickname for the African-American 369th Infantry Regiment, which ended up lauded for its valor. The regiment was also famous for its musicians, led by Lieutenant James Reese Europe. Discover more with this collection of secondary and primary sources. Secondary sources Harlem Hell Fighters: African-American Troops in World War I Headlines and Heroes blog February 12, 2019 African-American WWI 'Harlem Hell Fighters' proved their mettle, patriotism in … [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...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Skating

Figure skating "International Style" Figure Skating Championship March 20, 1914 from America's Library Ice-dancing, St. Moritz photograph Figure skating 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 … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Flight & Planes

The Dream of Flight online exhibition With Wings as Eagles: From Fantasy to Flight (primary source sets documenting the history of flight) Today in History: Wright Brothers First Flight Early Women in Aviation 1910-19: Topics in Chronicling America Introduction & timeline Search strategies & selected articles American Female Pilots 1911-21: Topics in Chronicling America Introduction & timeline Search strategies & selected articles Harriet Quimby … [Read more...]

Today in History: Billy Bitzer & the Biograph Company

Today in History–April 28–the Library of Congress features Billy Bitzer, who filmed the short comedy Stealing a Dinner for the American Mutoscope & Biograph Company on this date in 1899. Bitzer was a great pioneer of early film and shot thousands of movies, including the infamous The Birth of a Nation. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to view some of these early films and more related resources. "Billy" Bitzer films Stealing a Dinner from … [Read more...]