September 4, 2022

Today in History: Gold Discovered in California

Today in History–January 24–the Library of Congress features gold, discovered in California on this day in 1848. The discovery was first met with skepticism and the California gold rush did not begin in full until after an endorsement from President James Polk in December, 1848. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to discover gold-related primary sources and other resources from across the Library. Teaching resources Guided Primary Source … [Read more...]

Today in History: Panic of 1857

Today in History–August 24–the Library of Congress features the Panic of 1857, which began on this date and was one of the most severe economic crises in U.S. history. Find out more about this event and other financial crises of the 19th century and early 20th century by reviewing the Today in History section and the resources below. Panic of 1857 Began from America's Library 1857 bank failure newspaper coverage "The Great Failure" The Atlantic Monthly Volume 1, Issue 4, February … [Read more...]