May 4, 2021

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 business and professional men and women Colored housing Negro housing Integration Segregation Nicodemus, Kansas primary source set Elmer Thomas life history Great Migration primary source set … [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 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 access the … [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 Dorothea Dix Betty Friedan Ruth Bader … [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 Learning from the Source: Comparing & Contrasting Presidential Articles of Impeachment Presidential Spotlight: primary source collections George Washington John Adams Thomas Jefferson James Madison James … [Read more...]