November 13, 2018

Primary Source Spotlight: Emily Dickinson

Poet Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts. Dickinson seldom left home but she read a lot, exchanged letters with many people, and spent a great deal of time with her family—her sister Lavinia also lived at home her entire life and her brother Austin and his wife lived next door. Learn more about this introspective poet by investigating the resources below.The complete poems of Emily Dickinson, with an introduction by her niece, Martha Dickinson Bianchi … [Read more...]

Today in History: Anthracite Coal Strike

Today in History–October 3–the Library of Congress features the Anthracite coal strike. On this day in 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt met with miners and coalfield operators in an attempt to settle the five-month-old strike; he was the first U.S. president to intervene in a labor dispute. Roosevelt appointed a commission to help negotiate terms of a settlement, which they did. Just twenty days later, on October 23, 1902, the miners returned to work. Learn more about this and other coal miner … [Read more...]