September 19, 2022

Primary Source Spotlight: Great Migration

Primary sources A Century of Negro Migration: The Exodus During the World War 1918 Negro migration historic newspaper articles Image sets African Americans in the United States 1910-1970 (scroll to sort further by years or location) Black Belt, Chicago Negro business and professional men and women Colored housing Negro housing Integration Segregation Nicodemus, Kansas primary source set Elmer Thomas life history Great Migration primary source set … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: Border Spaces Across Time

In a blog post titled, "Comparing Primary Sources Depicting Border Spaces" Library of Congress 2019 Hispanic Division Junior Fellow Jaime Conlan provides insight into using historical and contemporary photographs to serve as an important entryway to discuss difficult issues relevant to the curriculum and, ultimately, to better understand Mexico/U.S. border space. Read the full blog post to access photographs from Library collections and questions to consider when analyzing them. Then take a … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Primary Source Trail of Western Migration

Background The “Corps of Discovery” expedition led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in the years 1804-1806 was instrumental in opening up western North America to settlement. After this defining exploration, fur companies further investigated  westward routes. Financed by John J. Astor's Pacific Fur Company, an 1812 expedition led by Robert Stuart began on the west coast at Fort Aster on the mouth of the Columbia River and forged eastward. A significant portion of the route … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Great Depression

Primary source sets & activities American Memory Timeline: Great Depression and World War II 1929-1945, background information with select primary sources & teaching activities American Memory Timeline: Photographing People of the Great Depression Dust Bowl Migration includes teacher's guide Dust Bowl Songs & Photographs Primary Source Learning: Great Depression & World War II Primary Source Set Teaching Now: Determining the Main Idea of a Text Lesson … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Western Expansion & Manifest Destiny

This set of primary sources and teaching resources focuses, primarily, on the time period 1800-1860. Western expansion stories from America's Library Western expansion timeline (includes primary source activities) Primary source sets Western expansion (includes teacher guide) Primary Source Learning: Expansion & Reform (includes learning activity) Donner party primary sources Primary source collections Pioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Immigration

Primary source sets Immigration: Challenges for New Americans (includes teacher guide) Mexican American Migrations and Communities (includes teacher guide) Immigration primary source iBook Immigration images Immigrants images The Emigrant's Guide by William Cobbett 1830 Advice and Guide to Emigrants by Patrick O'Kelly 1834 More immigration books & texts Historical newspaper coverage: immigration problem Historical newspaper coverage: immigration benefits … [Read more...]