December 16, 2018

Presidential Spotlight: Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton first inauguration primary source set January 20, 1993Bill Clinton second inauguration primary source set January 20, 1997Bob Hope and President Bill Clinton at National Medal of Arts presentations on the South Lawn of the White House October 5, 1995Bill Clinton image setPresident Clinton mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History CollectionBill Clinton political cartoons by Ann TelnaesFuture Campaign Confessions To Look Forward To . . . February 8, 1998 … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan first inauguration primary source set January 20, 1981Ronald Reagan second inauguration primary source set January 21, 1985Ronald Reagan mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History CollectionGovernor Ronald Reagan 1966 photographRonald Reagan image setRonbo satirical photomontageHerblock painting McCarthy, Nixon, Reagan, and ClintonHerb Block on Ronald Reagan political cartoonsMore Ronald Reagan political cartoons by Herb Block"The Gods are … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Cartoonist Commentary-Vietnam War

U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War lasted more than a decade. Have students analyze political cartoons from the primary source sets below to consider different issues related to this war and how cartoonists' perspectives of U.S. involvement evolved over time. If students are not practiced at analyzing political cartoons, use the accompanying resources to help prepare and guide students in this type of primary source analysis. You may choose to have students analyze the cartoons twice, first … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Vietnam War

Vietnam Veteran collectionsPersonal Snapshots: Picturing the Vietnam War Select Vietnam veteran digitized collectionsVietnam War: Looking Back Part 1 Vietnam War: Looking Back Part 2 Vietnam War: Looking Back Part 3 Vietnam War: Looking Back Part 4All Vietnam veteran digitized oral history collections (some contain additional items such letters, photos, etc.)Vietnam War image setVice-President Lyndon B. Johnson standing among group of Vietnamese … [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...]