November 13, 2018

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 LibraryWestern expansion timeline (includes primary source activities)Primary Source setsWestern expansion (includes teacher guide) Primary Source Learning: Expansion & Reform (includes learning activity)Primary source collectionsPioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, 1820-1910 … [Read more...]

Today in History: Norway

Today in History–May 17–the Library of Congress features Norwegian Constitution Day, celebrated on this date in commemoration of the 1814 adoption of Norway's constitution. Learn more about this Northern European country and Norwegian Americans by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links below to access related primary sources.Norway country profile BBCNorway timeline BBCNorway primary source set from the World Digital LibraryNorway mapsNorway … [Read more...]

Today in History: Minnesota

Today in History–May 11–the Library of Congress features Minnesota, which became the 32nd state in the Union on this day in 1858. Learn more about the "star of the north" also known as the "land of 10,000 lakes", by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary source treasures.Minnesota stories from America’s LibraryMinnesota primary source setPioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, 1820-1910 … [Read more...]

Today in History: Captivity Narratives

Today in History–February 29–the Library of Congress features captivity narratives. On this day in 1704, French soldiers and their Native American allies raided a frontier settlement in Massachusetts, killing many and forcing more to march through heavy snows to Canada (New France). Read more about this incident and other captivity narratives by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access some fascinating primary sources.TextsCaptives among the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Today in History–February 7–the Library of Congress features writer Laura Ingalls Wilder, born on this date in 1867. Ingalls Wilder became well known for her semi-autobiographical stories collectively known as the Little House on the Prairie series. Learn more this iconic writer of American pioneer life and discover primary sources that will help illuminate her stories by visiting the Today in History section and then clicking the links below.Laura Ingalls Wilder Born from America's … [Read more...]

Today in History: Halloween

Today in History–October 31–the Library of Congress features Halloween. On this day many Americans celebrate spookiness and becoming someone else by dressing in costumes. To learn more about the origins of this fun-filled holiday and ideas for finding unique Halloween primary sources, visit the Today in History section then click the links below to access more primary sources related to Halloween, ghosts, and witches.Primary source collectionsLOC Halloween Chambers of Mystery posters … [Read more...]