October 16, 2018

Primary Source Spotlight: Supreme Court

United States Reports official reports of decisions for the United States Supreme Courtby Volume by Authoring Justice by Major Case TopicSupreme Court Nominations: ConfirmedSupreme Court Nominations: Not Confirmed or WithdrawnThe Supreme Court and the Constitution 1912More books about the Supreme CourtU.S. legislation related to the Supreme Court 1973 onSupreme Court historical newspaper coverageSupreme Court image setToday in History: John … [Read more...]

NHD 2019: U.S. History 20th Century Post WWII

The Tragedy of McCarthyismMarshall [George C.] and McCarthyism from America's Library Red Scare - Pointing Their Pens: Herblock and Fellow Cartoonists Confront the Issues More cartoons about Joseph McCarthy and McCarthyism from Herblock's History exhibition More cartoons about Joseph McCarthy and McCarthyism from Herblock! exhibition Creating Cartoons: Art and Controversy Library of Congress Blog June 2, 2015 A Climate of Fear - Hope for America: Performers, Politics and Pop … [Read more...]

NHD 2019: U.S. History 20th Century Through WWII

The Jungle and the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906Chicago meat packing primary sources The Jungle by Upton Sinclair Topics in Chronicling America - Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 timeline & select newspaper articles More 1906 historical newspaper coverage of the Pure Food and Drug Act Upton Sinclair Jungle 1906 historical newspaper coverage The Determinants of Progressive Era Reform. The Pure Food and Drugs Act of 1906 2004 The Pure Food and Drug Act US House of … [Read more...]

Today in History: County and State Fairs

Today in History–August 22–the Library of Congress features county and state fairs, many of which are held around this date. County and state fairs feature entertainment as well as showcase the agricultural industry and rural lifestyles. Learn more by reviewing the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources & more.County and State Fairs from America's LibraryCounty fair imagesA rube couple at a county fair 1904 filmCounty fair audio … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: New Zealand

Places in the News: New ZealandApril 2009 September 2010 February 2011 September 2011 July 2013New Zealand country profile BBCNew Zealand timeline BBCNew Zealand primary source set World Digital LibraryNew Zealand mapsNew Zealand image setBooks & reports about New ZealandHistorical newspaper coverage of New ZealandU.S. veteran oral history collections (service in New Zealand)Oral history transcripts mentioning New Zealand from the Foreign … [Read more...]

Today in History: Juneteenth

Today in History–June 19–TPS-Barat features Juneteenth. On this date in 1865, Major General Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3 in Galveston, Texas, informing the slaves of the Emancipation Proclamation, issued two and a half years earlier by President Abraham Lincoln. Although Juneteenth was informally celebrated each year since 1865, it wasn't until June 3, 1979, that Texas became the first state to proclaim it an official state holiday. Today more than 40 officially recognize … [Read more...]

Today in History: Clara Barton & the Red Cross

Today in History–May 21–TPS-Barat features Clarissa "Clara" Barton, who founded the Red Cross on this date in 1881. A former teacher, Barton was working in the U.S. patent office at the start of the Civil War. Despite having little nursing training, Barton administered aid to soldiers at several battlefields,  After the war she established the Missing Soldier Office in Washington, D.C., led effort to establish a national cemetery at Andersonville Prison, and, in 1881, founded the American Red … [Read more...]

Collection Spotlight: Women Photojournalists

Below you will find links to biographies, images, and more resources related to women photojournalists from the Library of Congress. Late 1800s and early 1900s Jessie Tarbox Beals (1870-1942)bio Ladies Behind the Lens Library of Congress Blog November 29, 2016 Birches at the Sprague Smith Studio (source record | curator note) More Jessie Tarbox Beals photographs Photographs by Jessie Tarbox Beals in New York newspapers historical newspaper coverage of Jessie Tarbox … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Jeannette Rankin

Jeanette Rankin was the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1916. Learn more about this remarkable citizen by clicking the links below.Primary sourcesJeanette Rankin image set "'Wonder-Woman' is Miss Jeannette Rankin; Will be First of Sex to Sit in Congress" Evening Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA), November 11, 1916 "I can't vote for war" Jeanette Rankin in Atlanta Journal April 6, 1917 Ms. Jeanette Rankin: The Lady from Montana The New York Times … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: Frederick Douglass & Scientific Racism

In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Eric Herschthal, a fellow at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library, suggests that we remember Frederick Douglass "as someone whose insights about scientific theories of race are every bit as relevant in our era as they were when he wrote them." Take a look at the examples Herschthal provides about Douglass'  efforts to challenge scientific racism, including ethnology or, as it was sometimes referred to, "the … [Read more...]