June 17, 2019

Featured Source: Office Boy Board Game

The curator notes for this source read: Parker Brothers produced the 1889 board game Office Boy during the heyday of Horatio Alger's popular stories of plucky lads reaching success through hard work and determination. The player can advance from stock boy to sweeping out and on to head of sales, trying to avoid carelessness, which will send him back to reprimand. The lucky winner becomes head of the firm. Write a definition of the word "plucky" using the context of the sentence and clues from … [Read more...]

Today in History: Calvin Coolidge

Today in History–August 3–the Library of Congress features Calvin Coolidge, sworn into office as President of the United States on this day in 1923 after the unexpected death of Warren Harding. During his six years as prosperity, Coolidge focused on business and the consumer economy grew rapidly. To learn more about Calvin Coolidge and the Coolidge era, visit the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more resources and primary sources. Calvin Coolidge Becomes … [Read more...]