August 16, 2018

Primary Source Spotlight: Second Amendment & Gun Control

Bill of RightsSecond Amendment: contemporary U.S. legislationSecond Amendment - Gun Ownership and the Supreme Court Law Library of CongressThe social costs of gun ownership National Bureau of Economic Research c2004Brady Handgun Violence Prevention ActGun control: contemporary U.S. legislationGun control: implementation of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System April, 2000What should America do about gun violence? hearing before the Committee on the … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: George W. Bush

Archived web site: Official Campaign Web Site - George W. BushGeorge W. Bush inauguration primary source set January 20, 1989Foreign Affairs oral histories mentioning George W. BushReports related to George W. BushThe dot-com bubble, the Bush deficits, and the U.S. current account 2005 After the re-election of President Bush : an outlook on transatlantic relations from a German perspective 2005 Decisionmaking in Operation Iraqi Freedom : removing Saddam Hussein by force … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton first inauguration primary source set January 20, 1993Bill Clinton second inauguration primary source set January 20, 1997Bob Hope and President Bill Clinton at National Medal of Arts presentations on the South Lawn of the White House October 5, 1995Bill Clinton image setPresident Clinton mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History CollectionBill Clinton political cartoons by Ann TelnaesFuture Campaign Confessions To Look Forward To . . . February 8, 1998 … [Read more...]

Literature Links: Alice in Wonderland

Find out some intriguing ways to connect to one of the most beloved stories of all times with various primary sources.The Immigrant Experience: Down the Rabbit Hole Library of Congress Relocating to a new country can be a disorienting experience. Immigrants often find themselves in a strange new world where the rules have changed, the surroundings are unfamiliar, and the inhabitants speak in strange tongues. In some ways, the immigrant experience is like the dizzying journey taken by the … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan first inauguration primary source set January 20, 1981Ronald Reagan second inauguration primary source set January 21, 1985Ronald Reagan mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History CollectionGovernor Ronald Reagan 1966 photographRonald Reagan image setRonbo satirical photomontageHerblock painting McCarthy, Nixon, Reagan, and ClintonHerb Block on Ronald Reagan political cartoonsMore Ronald Reagan political cartoons by Herb Block"The Gods are … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter inauguration primary source set January 20, 1977President Jimmy Carter Signed the Panama Canal Treaty September 7, 1977 from America's LibraryJimmy Carter image setCarl Sagan Briefing notes for President Carter and Vice President Walter MondalePolitical cartoonist Herb Block on President Jimmy Carter"Gee! A medal from Gen. Goldwater" July 2, 1976 (curator's note: scroll to find) "... One nation ... indivisible ..." February 22, 1977 (curator's note: scroll … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Gerald R. Ford

Legislation Sponsored or Cosponsored by Gerald R. Ford 93rd Congress (1973-1974)Gerald R. Ford oath of office August 9, 1974Gerald Ford image setPolitical cartoonist Herb Block on Gerald Ford"Remember--don't vote for anyone who would interfere with the way we've been handling things" October 30, 1974 (curator's note: scroll to find) “It Helps Maintain a Better Balance” 1975 "Gee! A medal from Gen. Goldwater" July 2, 1976 (curator's note: scroll to find)Fordzie: Happy … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Cartoonist Commentary-Vietnam War

U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War lasted more than a decade. Have students analyze political cartoons from the primary source sets below to consider different issues related to this war and how cartoonists' perspectives of U.S. involvement evolved over time. If students are not practiced at analyzing political cartoons, use the accompanying resources to help prepare and guide students in this type of primary source analysis. You may choose to have students analyze the cartoons twice, first … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Vietnam War

Vietnam Veteran collectionsAll Vietnam veteran digitized oral history collections (some contain additional items such letters, photos, etc.) Select Vietnam veteran digitized collectionsVietnam War: Looking Back Part 1 Vietnam War: Looking Back Part 2 Vietnam War: Looking Back Part 3 Vietnam War: Looking Back Part 4Vietnam War image setVice-President Lyndon B. Johnson standing among group of Vietnamese soldiers and Americans during a visit to Saigon, South … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Reading Cartoons

We often think of cartoons as funny but, in addition to entertaining and amusing us, they can also enlighten, provoke or persuade us. Political or editorial cartoons, in particular, provide subjective viewpoints about current issues and events and the people involved in them. Cartoonists use a variety of techniques—symbolism, exaggeration, irony, analogy and labeling to name a few—to convey their story or perspective through images. Learn more about these techniques by completing the online … [Read more...]