November 19, 2022

Primary Source Spotlight: Norman Mineta

From the Library of Congress Norman Yoshio Mineta (1931-2022) had a long and influential history in American politics and was a proponent of restitution for Japanese American families who were incarcerated during World War II. In 1971, Mineta was elected the first Japanese American mayor for his hometown of San Jose, California. He would later serve as a member of the House of Representatives for over twenty years, as the 33rd Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce from 2000 to … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: (Dis)ability History

This primary source set is targeted to elementary students and includes background information and thinking prompts. It was curated mainly by Dr. John Bickford, Professor of Social Studies/History Education at Eastern Illinois University and Editor-in-Chief of The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies. Access the unit plan that utilizes this primary source set. Click each source to view it larger. Primary Source 1 Pre-reading: This is a button. It has a short … [Read more...]

Today in History: May Posts

May 1 May 2 1864: Benjamin Henry Latrobe 1931: Empire State Building 1882: James F. Byrnes 1885: Good Housekeeping May 3 May 4 1494: Jamaica 1626: Manhattan Island 1894: Bird Day May 5 May 6 1862: Cinco de Mayo 1925: Charles Darwin & Teaching Evolution 1856: Robert E. Peary 1864: General James Longstreet May 7 May 8 1892: Archibald MacLeish 1915: Lusitania … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Cicadas

Cicadas historical newspaper articles Cicada illustrations from Comparative zoology 1893 Cicadas in home sweet home (sonnets) 1903 The periodical cicada in 1914 The Cicada's Story from The emerald story book 1915 Fairy Prisoners from Really truly fairy stories 1915 They're Coming! Cicadas Invade! Inside Adams May 5, 2021 “Cicada Terrible Freedom” In the Muse May 28, 2021 Related resource Today in History: Boll Weevil & Cotton … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Film & Video

Analyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Video Recordings Teaching with the Library of Congress blog posts All-American News: Newsreels for African American Audiences February 7, 2019 Explore Library of Congress Professional Development Videos April 11, 2017 Exploring America's Cinematic Heritage through the National Film Registry December 17, 2015 Football Through Film and Other Primary Sources January 31, 2019 Inspiring Citizen Action with the National Screening Room … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Disease

Select primary sources Anthony Fauci, MD, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health photograph Anti-malaria educational play put on by youngsters dealing with the treatment of the disease photograph Ayer's sarsaparilla, for all blood diseases, cures others, will cure you Cheap lodging-houses as nests of disease illustration Complete privy properly protected to prevent flies from spreading diseases photograph … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Middle School (6-8) Image Analysis Choice Board

This choice board is targeted to students in grades 6-8 They may use images found in the home; in newspapers, magazines or books; on television (if there is a pause feature); or online to complete the activities and may write or record (audio or video) their responses. If students have online access, below are several links to a variety of image sets. You may allow them to browse and choose images or you may curate your own set for them to use. Subject primary sources Conservation & … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Later Elementary (3-5) Image Analysis Choice Board

This choice board is targeted to students in grades 3-5. They may use images found in the home; in newspapers, magazines or books; on television (if there is a pause feature); or online to complete the activities and may write or record (audio or video) their responses. If students have online access, below are several links to a variety of image sets. You may allow them to browse and choose images or you may curate your own set for them to use. Children image sets Children Children … [Read more...]

Primary Source Review: May 2019

Find all the fabulous primary sources and teaching ideas shared May 2019 by @PSNTPS from the 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...]

Today in History: Jefferson Davis Captured

Today in History–May 10–the Library of Congress features the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis by Union troops on this day in 1865. The capture thwarted Davis’ plan to escape by sea from the east coast of Florida and then to sail to Texas where he hoped to establish a new Confederacy. He was sent, along with his family, to Fort Monroe in Virginia. There he was placed in solitary confinement and indicted for treason but was never tried. Davis was released two years later, in May … [Read more...]