January 26, 2022

Finding Resources: American Archive of Public Broadcasting

OVERVIEW The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) is a collaboration between the Library of Congress and WGBH Educational Foundation. It was founded in 2013 "to coordinate a national effort to identify, preserve, and make accessible as much as possible the historical record of publicly funded broadcasting in the U.S." It now features contributors from nearly every state. The AAPB digital collections are available for online streaming and contain more than 50,000 public television … [Read more...]

Latest News, Events, Opportunities, Resources & PD from the Library & TPS Consortium

News & Events NEWS Library Friends of the Library of Congress  This group brings together a community of donors committed to preserving this nation's cultural memory and is integral in advancing the Library's mission to engage, inspire, and inform. Join now and take part in unique opportunities to see, experience, and learn from the Library's staff and collections first-hand. Jason Reynolds: Grab The Mic: Welcome to 2022 Read the uplifting blog post. Library of … [Read more...]

Today in History: January Posts

January 1 January 2 1892: Ellis Island 1893: Haiti 1933: Nicaragua January 3 January 4 1793: Lucretia Mott 1948: Burma/Myanmar January 5 January 6 1949: Harry S. Truman 1945: George H.W. Bush 1993: Dizzy Gillespie January 7 January 8 1891: Zora Neale Hurston 1955: Marian Anderson 1815 Battle of New Orleans January 9 January 10 1788: Connecticut … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Three-Fifths Compromise & the Northwest Ordinance

U.S. Constitution Article I Section 2 Clause 3 Fragment of an original letter on the slavery of the negroes; written in the year 1776, by Thomas Day, Esq James Madison correspondence related to slavery Madison Debates, Avalon Project June 11, 1787 July 11, 1787 July 12, 1787 August 8, 1787 August 25, 1787 The Constitution a pro-slavery compact; or, Extracts from the Madison papers, etc. selected by Wendell Phillips 1856 Mysteries of Madison’s Notes of the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Inaugural Poems & Poets

Poetry has a long history of addressing and illuminating public issues and events but a disjointed and relatively short history of inclusion in presidential inauguration ceremonies. These moments, however, provide additional nuance to the state of the country during these important transitional moments in our nation. Use the links below to read and listen to the inaugural poems; to analyze, compare and contrast the insightful and verses; and to learn more about the poets who penned and performed … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: U.S. Presidential Inaugurations

"I Do Solemnly Swear..." U.S. Presidential Inaugurations primary source sets “I Do Solemnly Swear...” Inaugural Materials from the Collections of the Library of Congress online exhibition Inaugurations: Stepping into History presentation An Orderly Transition The Inaugural Address Looking Back and Looking Ahead Select historical newspaper articles The Inaugural--The Past Reign, the Coming Reign The Herald (New York [N.Y.]), March 7, 1837 (Martin Van Buren) William … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: U.S. Electoral College

Background & context The Electoral College – What Is It and How Does It Function? In Custodia Legis November 6, 2012 Electoral College Fast Facts US House of Representatives History, Art & Archives The Electoral College National Archives The Electoral College National Conference of State Legislators Research Guide: The Law of the Electoral College Contemporary articles Congress and the Case of the Faithless Elector History November 17, 2020, US House of … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: First Post-War Legislature

Use the Library of Congress primary source analysis tool to analyze the image. What do you notice? What do you find surprising? What can you learn from the bibliographic record? Why do you suppose the men in the image were referred to as radical members? What questions do you have? Next, analyze the two sources below to learn what this legislature accomplished and what resistance there was to their work. Summarize what you learned and how your new understandings inform your analysis of the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Review: January 2019

Find all the fabulous primary sources and teaching ideas shared January 2019 by @PSNTPS from the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus, the Library of Congress, the House, the Senate, the World Digital Library, teachers and students in the classroom, and more! We’ve got Civics, History, ELA and STEAM resources—for immediate access to all of these, simply follow @PSNTPS on Twitter. … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: For the People Act

H.R.1 - For the People Act of 2019 was introduced into the House of Representatives on January 3, 2019 by Rep. John P. Sarbanes, [D-MD-3] and has well over 200 Democrat co-sponsors. INVESTIGATE Scan the legislation and consider the questions below. What main sections are contained in the text of H.R.1 - For the People Act of 2019? What actions have been taken on the legislation? What committees are reviewing the legislation? Which aspects of the legislation are under the … [Read more...]