January 7, 2021

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

What do you see in this image? Jot down notes about what you see. What do you think about the details you noticed? How does this source make you feel? What questions do you have? 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. Why do you think we have fireworks display on July 4th, the day the U.S. celebrates its birth as a country? Do you think it is important for … [Read more...]

Featured Source: 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...]