October 18, 2019

Primary Source Spotlight: Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson was a trained biologist and a best-selling author. In her writing, Carson presented scientific facts from an ecological perspective in a poetic writing style. She made science interesting and understandable to regular people. She was best known for her books Silent Spring and The Sea Around Us. Her writing about ecology and the dangers of pesticides was essential to the start of the environmental movement. Rachel Carson stories from America's Library Ecology for … [Read more...]

Today in History: Rutherford B. Hayes

Today in History–October 4–the Library of Congress features President Rutherford B. Hayes, born on this day in 1822. After a bitterly contested election, Hayes became the nineteenth president of the United States in 1877 thanks to the vote of a special electoral commission. Learn more about Rutherford's fascinating four years as chief executive by reviewing the Today in History section then click the links below to access more primary resources and stories related to this … [Read more...]

Today in History: Hamilton & Burr Duel

Today in History–July 11–the Library of Congress features the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr that took place on this date in 1804 and resulted in the death of Hamilton. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to learn more about these two men and the once-legal practice of dueling. The Burr and Hamilton duel, 11 July, 1804, at Weehawken, N.J. print Transcripts of Hamilton's correspondence with Aaron Burr and an account of the duel by … [Read more...]