October 15, 2020

Primary Source Spotlight: Transportation

Teaching resources Around the World in 1896 How Transportation Transformed America: Going to Market Abraham Lincoln Primary Source Activity Book: transportation page Trains and Travel: Then and Now What Do Trains Do? Exploring Local History through Maps Featured Sources: guided primary source analysis activities An airship with a “Jim Crow” trailer The Alaska Line C&O Canal, Georgetown D.C. Charles Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St Louis” Airplane Cornell-Liberty … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Cornell-Liberty Safety Car

Look closely at the drawing and use a magnifying glass to decipher the notes. What did you learn? What safety features are recommended? Use the two articles linked to below to create a Brief History of Motor Vehicle Safety in the United States; you may choose to write an article or develop a timeline, infographic, or illustrated panel story. National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act Encyclopædia Britannica Understanding the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) US … [Read more...]

Today in History: Raymond Loewy

Today in History–March 22–the Library of Congress features industrial designer Raymond Loewy, who presented his designs for a sleek roadster he called the Avanti to the Studebaker Corporation on this day in 1961. Loewy designed cars for other companies too as well as locomotives and a wide assortment of both industrial and consumer products. Learn more about "father of industrial design" by visiting the Today in History section, then take a look at this Exxon company logo and the sources … [Read more...]