January 21, 2020

Primary Source Spotlight: Holidays

New Year's primary source collection Valentine's Day primary source collection St. Patrick's Day St. Patricks Day (stories, images, music) Today in History: St. Patricks Day (March 17) St. Patricks Day in America St. Patricks Day images April Fools' Day primary source collection Easter Easter: Photographs from the Chicago Daily News, 1902-1933 Chicago History Museum Easter images A Slovak Easter Song Easter hymns Arbor Day primary source … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Celebrating America

Why do you think we have fireworks display on July 4th, the day the U.S. celebrates its birth as a country? Read the article from America's Library, Independence Day: Americans Celebrate the Birth of Their Nation, then answer the question at the end about how you celebrate. Do you think it is important for citizens to celebrate the birth of their country? Why or why not? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! Related resource … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Independence Day at Last

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Today in History: Independence Day

Today in History–July 4–the Library of Congress features Independence Day, marking the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence on this day in 1776. The first anniversary was a spontaneous celebration, as John Adams recounted in a letter to his daughter Abigail. After the War of 1812, Independence Day celebrations became more common. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access stories and primary sources related to all-American … [Read more...]