October 18, 2018

Today in History: The Battles of Saratoga

Today in History–September 19–the Library of Congress features the first battle of Saratoga. On this day in 1777, Continental soldiers under American General Horatio Gates defeated the British in Saratoga, New York. A month later, British General John Burgoyne surrendered his British troops at the same place. The American victories at Saratoga turned the tide of the war in favor of the colonists favor and helped persuade the French to recognize and support American independence. Learn more by … [Read more...]

Today in History: John Parker & the Minutemen

Today in History–July 13–the Library of Congress features minuteman John Parker, born in Lexington, Massachusetts on this day in 1729. Find out more about the first shots in the U.S. war for independence and those who fought by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources and learning resources.Statue of Captain Parker, on the green at Lexington, Mass.Captain Parker minute men historical newspaper coverageMinutemen primary source … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Minutemen & the Start of the Revolution

Activity Guidelines Gather minutemen-related primary sources and print them out or make them available to your primary students digitally.As a class or in groups, have students review different primary sources and note what they see, think, and wonder.Next, you may choose to have students review source bibliographic information or secondary source materials and note if any of their questions were answered, how their thinking has changed, and what new questions they have.Then … [Read more...]