May 23, 2019

Today in History: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today in History–January 15–the Library of Congress features civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., born on this date in 1929. King entered Morehouse College at 15, received a bachelor of divinity from Crozer Theological Seminary in 1951, and a Ph.D from Boston University in 1955. Armed with his doctorate and belief in the use of non-violent action to end racial discrimination, King founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and joined the civil right movement. In less than a … [Read more...]

Today in History: 1783 Treaty of Paris

Today in History–January 14–the Library of Congress features the Treaty of Paris, ratified by the Continental Congress on this day in 1784, nine months after the preliminary articles of peace were approved and over four months after the actual treaty was signed in Paris. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section (also see treaty signing entry), then click the links below to access related primary sources. Preliminary articles of peace ending the Revolutionary War Treaty of … [Read more...]

Today in History: Mark Twain

Today in History–November 30–the Library of Congress features Mark Twain, born on this date in 1835 as Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Learn more about this masterful American writer by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more Twain resources. Stories about Mark Twain America's Library The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn web pageturner More books & articles by Mark Twain "A Telephonic Conversation" by Mark Twain p. 14 Library of Congress Magazine … [Read more...]

Today in History: Sojourner Truth

Today in History–November 26–the Library of Congress features Sojourner Truth, who died on this day in 1883. Born into slavery, Truth claimed her freedom and became a well known preacher, abolitionist, and women's rights advocate. Learn more about this extraordinary woman by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links below. Sojourner Truth image set Address by Sojourner Truth: Proceedings of the Woman's Rights Convention (September, 1853) "Sojourner Truth, The Libyan … [Read more...]

Today in History: Montreal

Today in History–November 13–the Library of Congress features Montreal, Canada, captured on this day in 1775 by American troops led by General Richard Montgomery. The occupation was short-lived and Montgomery was killed a few weeks later in a failed attempt to capture Quebec. Fighting between the United States and Canada ended with the War of 1812. Visit the Today in History section, then click the links below to learn more about these time periods in history as well as resources about Montreal … [Read more...]

Today in History: Mary Todd Lincoln

Today in History–November 2–the Library of Congress features Mary Todd Lincoln. On this day in 1862, Ms. Lincoln wrote a letter to her husband the president, advising him to remove the hesitant Gen. George B. McClellan from command. Learn more about this first lady by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more correspondence and other primary sources related to Mary Todd Lincoln as well as President Abraham Lincoln. Mary Todd Lincoln … [Read more...]

Today in History: William McKinley

Today in History–September 06–the Library of Congress features President William McKinley, shot on this day in 1901 just six months after his second inauguration. President McKinley died eight days later, reportedly while singing his favorite hymn, "Nearer my God to Thee, Nearer to Thee". Anarchist Leon Czolgosz is found guilty of assassinating the president and is executed less than two months later. Learn more  by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Letter with illustrated fable

  This source is listed as a letter with illustrated fable. What is the moral or lesson of the story? Read more about the author and recipient of this letter. What interesting information did you uncover? Write and illustrate your own brief fable that contains a moral. What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Today in History: Alaska Purchase

Today in History–March 30–the Library of Congress features the United States purchase of Alaska from Russia, which Secretary of State William Seward agreed to on this day in 1867. Opponents of the $7.2 million purchase called it "Seward's Folly" but opinions changed following the discovery of gold and, later, oil. Learn more by reviewing the Today in History section, then clicking the links below. Alaska Purchase from America's Library Meeting of Frontiers: Alaska - The Alaska … [Read more...]

Today in History: James Madison

Today in History–March 16–the Library of Congress features James Madison, born on this day in 1751. (Actually, he was born on March 5 under the Julian calendar but when Great Britain and its colonies switched to the Gregorian calendar in 1752 his birthday, along with everyone else's, was shifted 11 days forward.) Learn more about the man known as the "Father of the Constitution" by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more stories and primary sources about … [Read more...]