September 18, 2019

Today in History: Thomas Jefferson

Today in History–April 13–the Library of Congress features Thomas Jefferson, born on this day in 1743.  (Actually, he was born on April 2 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.) Find out more about this multitalented man by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access teaching resources, primary sources and secondary sources … [Read more...]

Today in History: Thomas Jefferson Elected

Today in History–February 17–the Library of Congress features Thomas Jefferson, who was elected by the House of Representatives on this day in 1801. The House voted to break a tie in the Electoral College. Find out more about this acrimonious third presidential election by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary sources and resources about this election and the 3rd president of the United States. Individual primary sources Thoughts, on … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Lewis & Clark Compass & Magnet

Describe the type of person would need these objects. For what purposes would the person use the objects? These objects are from 1802. Describe what a compass and magnet are like today. Explain how someone would use a compass and magnet today. Use the Primary Source Nexus search box to find information about William Clark. What did he do and who was his partner? What else did you learn? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Today in History: Meriwether Lewis (& William Clark)

Today in History–August 18–the Library of Congress features explorer Meriwether Lewis, born on this day in 1774. Together with William Clark, Lewis set out on May 14, 1804 at the behest of President Thomas Jefferson to look for a Northwest Passage, or water route to the Pacific Ocean. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access resources related to these explorers and their journey known as the Corps of Discovery. Rivers, Edens, Empires: Lewis … [Read more...]