October 19, 2018

Timely Connections: Individual Influence

The article, In a Lost Essay, a Glimpse of an Elusive Poet and Slave (The New York Times Sept. 25, 2017), tells the intriguing story of the discovery of a primary source text by Jonathan Senchyne, an assistant professor of book history at the University of Wisconsin. The essay, "Individual Influence" by North Carolina slave and poet George Moses Horton, was found in a scrapbook documenting an 1856 University of North Carolina (UNC) controversy compiled by Henry Harrisse, a 19th-century historian … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Race Riots

Wilmington, North Carolina 1898 race riot1898 newspaper coverageNew York City 1900 race riotsAugust, 1900: select newspaper articles more 1900 newspaper coverageAtlanta, Georgia 1906 race riot1906 newspaper coverage E. W. Evans oral history transcript Atlanta riot recollections Letter from Francis Jackson Garrison to Booker T. Washington concerning the Atlanta Riot October 7, 1906 Mary White Ovington covered the Atlanta riot Journalist Ray Stannard Baker … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Oral Histories & Personal Narratives

LOC.gov contains numerous oral history and personal narrative resources. Check out the lists below!Teaching resourcesAnalyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Oral Histories Learning from the Source: Chicago Meatpackers & the Unions Learning from the Source: Digital Stories of Our Heroes Learning from the Source: Media & Migrant Laborer Perspectives Primary Source Learning: September 11, 2001 Capturing an Oral History: Tips for Students Billy the Kid: … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Crossing to Fayetteville

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Today in History: Wright Brothers First Flight

Today in History–December 17–the Library of Congress features the first flights of the Wright brothers, flown on this day in 1903. Orville piloted the first flight that lasted 12 seconds and 120 feet and Wilbur piloted the fourth and final flight, remaining airborne for 59 seconds and traveling 852 feet. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access a plethora of Wright and other early flight resources.Wilbur and Orville Wright's First Flight from … [Read more...]

Today in History: North Carolina

Today in History–November 21–the Library of Congress features North Carolina, which ratified the Constitution on this day in 1789, becoming the 12th state in the new United States. Find out more about the history and culture of the "Tar Heel" state by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more prime primary sources.North Carolina stories from America’s LibraryNorth Carolina primary source setNorth Carolina mapsNorth Carolina books & … [Read more...]