June 16, 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...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: The Woman Whom Justice Brewer Would Make Mayor

Zoom into a more detailed image of this newspaper page but before reading the article, what do you learn about the featured woman and Justice Brewer just from reading the headline and the photo captions? Make a list of as many facts as you can. Then provide an educated guess as to why this was a news story in 1905. What arguments does the article present in support of Justice Brewer's support of this woman as mayor of the city of Chicago? List at least three claims and the evidence in support … [Read more...]