July 1, 2020

Primary Source Spotlight: Great Migration

Primary sources A Century of Negro Migration: The Exodus During the World War 1918 Negro migration historic newspaper articles Image sets African Americans in the United States 1910-1970 (scroll to sort further by years or location) Black Belt, Chicago Negro housing Colored housing Integration Segregation Nicodemus, Kansas primary source set Elmer Thomas life history Online exhibitions The African-American Mosaic: Migrations The Great Migration … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: American Revolution

American Revolution primary source set The American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts collection Mapping the American Revolution and Its Era Battle maps and charts of the American Revolution (1881) Printed Ephemera 1763-1783 A broadside titled "No Stamped Paper to be had" reports a variety of colonial efforts intended to force the repeal of the hated Stamp Act of 1765 An account of the Boston Massacre printed in 1770 A copy of the Boston Port Act as passed by the … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Reading Cartoons

We often think of cartoons as funny but, in addition to entertaining and amusing us, they can also enlighten, provoke or persuade us. Political or editorial cartoons, in particular, provide subjective viewpoints about current issues and events and the people involved in them. Cartoonists use a variety of techniques—symbolism, exaggeration, irony, analogy and labeling to name a few—to convey their story or perspective through images. Learn more about these techniques by completing the online … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Protest & Reform Primary Source Set

Have students use the primary sources in this set to tell a story about protest and reform in the United States. (For background information, check the bibliographic records for dates then review the relevant sections of the American Memory timeline.) Related primary source collections highlighted on the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus are linked to below. The story may be in digital or print form. It could be nonfiction, fiction, poetry, or even a song. Click on each thumbnail image below to … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: What’s Available When LOC.gov Is Offline

Sometimes LOC.gov and some of its associated sites are not available. Whether that's because of maintenance or a government shutdown, don't despair. Here are some ways to access great Library resources. Congress.gov legislative information on Congress.gov available World Digital Library primary sources from numerous partner institutions, including the Library of Congress, available Library of Congress Flickr account image sets available, including access to larger images and … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Women’s History

Teaching resources Primary Source Learning: Women in U.S. History Primary Source Learning: Women’s Road to the Vote Primary source sets Primary Source Spotlight: Woman Suffrage collections Women's Suffrage select primary sources & teacher's guide Woman's Land Army of America Activists Jane Addams Susan B. Anthony Clara Barton and the Red Cross Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell Carrie S. Burnham Shirley Chisholm Betty Friedan Ruth Bader Ginsburg … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: U.S. Presidents

Teaching resources: primary source lesson plans, activities & strategies Primary Source Learning: U.S. President lessons, analysis activities & more Primary Source Learning: Presidential Elections Primary Source Learning: Women in the White House Presidential Spotlight: primary source collections George Washington John Adams Thomas Jefferson James Madison James Monroe John Quincy Adams Andrew Jackson Martin Van Buren William Henry Harrison … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: African American History & Culture

Celebrate the rich and varied history and culture of African Americans through the foci of primary source images, documents, music, and more. You'll also find related lesson plans, stories, interactives, and streaming webcasts--come explore! Lesson Plans & Activity Ideas Primary Source Sets American Memory Collections Online Exhibitions Veterans History Project Spotlights, Features & Special Presentations Image Sets Music & Dance Webcasts Congressional … [Read more...]