August 17, 2018

NHD 2017: Taking a Stand – World History Topic Ideas

These curated resource lists coincide with the order of the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2017 theme sample topics list. The links lead to resources accessed from the Library of Congress (LOC.gov) unless otherwise noted. Note: U.S. historic newspaper coverage is from 1789-1922 unless otherwise noted.The Boxer Rebellion: Standing Against WesternizationChinese, American, and European Resistance to the Japanese Occupation of NankingSino-Japanese War primary source set Sino-Japanese … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Los charros contrabandistas – juego de dados

This source represents a game board. Look closely (larger image) to find a picture clue that tells you what game pieces you need to be able to play this game.Take a look at the 64 scenes and choose three to investigate more closely. If you were to happen upon each scene in real life, how would you describe the encounters to a friend of yours?Make up your own rules for playing this game.What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Featured Source: El Mosquito Americano

Look closely at the illustration. What can you determine about this broadside from the art? What more do you learn from the summary of this primary source? Do you think the illustration supports the summary? Why or why not?Look at both the front and back of this broadside. How does each stanza end? Why do you think the creator might have chosen this pattern?Do you think this broadside literally refers to an insect invasion the United States? Why or why not? Learn more.What other … [Read more...]

Today in History: Cinco de Mayo

Today in History–May 5–the Library of Congress features Cinco de Mayo, celebrating May 5, 1862, when Mexican troops successfully defended the town of Puebla against French forces. In the spring of 1863, the city was recaptured by the French and a European was crowned Emperor of Mexico. Emperor Maximillian remained in power until 1867 when Napoleon III withdrew troops and abandoned Mexico. Today, Cinco de Mayo is a national holiday in Mexico and is marked as a celebration of Mexican culture in … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Aztec Tonalpohualli Calendar

Description The Tovar Codex, attributed to the 16th-century Mexican Jesuit Juan de Tovar, contains detailed information about the rites and ceremonies of the Aztecs (also known as Mexica). The codex is illustrated with 51 full-page paintings in watercolor. Strongly influenced by pre-contact pictographic manuscripts, the paintings are of exceptional artistic quality. The manuscript is divided into three sections. The first section is a history of the travels of the Aztecs prior to the arrival of … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Los sueños de las posadas

Reverse sideWhat can you discover about the content of this broadside just by looking at the illustrations? Explain your discoveries using specific details from the images to support your responses. front side larger image | back side larger image Now review the bibliographic record, paying particularly close attention to the summary. In what ways were your discoveries similar to what the text reported? What more did you learn? Conduct some more research on las posadas and share your … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Maya Dresden Codex

Compare and contrast this image with the other codex images included in the Heavens and Time section of the Exploring the Early Americas online exhibition. What similarities and differences do you notice?Investigate a codex-style vase. What did you learn? Describe a new insight you gained about the image above or another codex image.The Dresden Codex is the most comprehensive source of Maya astronomy and calendar systems. It includes tables for predicting events and scheduling religious … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Mexico

Mexico country profileMexico country studyThe Mexican Revolution and the United States 1910-1920 online exhibitionMexican primary sources from the World Digital LibraryMexico mapsMexico images from American MemoryMore Mexico imagesMexico films & webcastsMexico songs (audio recordings)Mexico sheet musicMexico books & documentsSelect newspaper articles: Mexican Revolution (1910-1920)More U.S. historical newspaper coverage of Mexico … [Read more...]

Today in History: Zachary Taylor

Today in History–May 8–the Library of Congress features Zachary Taylor, who led U.S. troops to defeat the Mexican army in a two-day battle at Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma on this day in 1846. Two years later he became president of the United States but his term was short; he died in office after serving only 16 months. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources about this general and 12th U.S. president.Illustrated … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Houston, Santa Anna, and Cos

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