May 25, 2019

Today in History: William Penn

Today in History–October 14–the Library of Congress features the religious and social reformer William Penn, born on this day in 1644.  Having no luck in his campaign for religious freedom for Quakers and others in England, Penn received an American land grant in payment of a debt owed his father. He named the colony Pennsylvania in honor of his father, promising freedom of worship for all settlers. Many of Penn's ideas helped lay the groundwork for the future United States. Learn more about … [Read more...]

Today in History: Sarah Winnemucca

Today in History–October 14–the Library of Congress features Sarah Winnemucca, who died on this day in 1891. Winnemucca was first Native American woman to publish a book in English, Life Among the Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims, which is an autobiographical account of her tribe's experiences during their first forty years of contact with white explorers and settlers. Learn more about Winnemucca by visiting the Today in History section then click the links below to access more primary … [Read more...]