October 15, 2018

Today in History: Halifax Explosion

Today in History–December 6–TPS-Barat features the Halifax explosion, which occurred on this day in 1917. The largest man-made explosion in history, killed nearly 2,000, injured around 9,000, and left approximately 6,000 people homeless. It's a story of local devastation but also of multinational cooperation. Click the primary sources and other resources below to learn more.Halifax explosion image setReport on the explosion 7th December, 1917 Canadian War MuseumReport of the Halifax … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Sweden

Sweden country profile BBCSweden timeline BBCSweden primary source set from the World Digital LibrarySweden mapsSweden image setSwede personal narrativesSwede oral history interviewsU.S. veteran oral histories (service in Sweden)Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection interviews mentioning SwedenSwedish American SongSwedish sheet musicSwedish song recordingsBooks, articles and other texts about SwedenThomas Jefferson correspondence related to … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Sioux (Dakota) & Sitting Bull

Sioux imagesDakota imagesSioux ghost dance (film)Mary Louise Defender Wilson and Keith Bear: Sioux and Mandan Hidatsa storytelling and music from North Dakota streaming webcastOral history interviews mentioning Sioux indiansIndian fanfares: The Camanche revel, The Sioux gaillarde, The Manitou air dancePoems from Sioux and Chippewa songsBooks related to the SiouxTexts related to the Dakota and the SiouxSioux indian historic newspaper coverageDakota indian … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Navajo

Navajo image setMore Navajo imagesNavajo books, reports & other documentsIndian (Navajo) Land Cessions in the U.S. 1784-1894Historical newspaper coverage: Navajo IndiansThe Navajo mentions in personal narrativesNavajo related oral history audio recordingsOral history stories of the Long WalkNavajo code talkers veterans oral historiesNavajo song and dance articleDineh Tah Navajo Dancers flyerDineh Tah Navajo Dancers video recordingU.S. … [Read more...]

Today in History: Spanish Civil War

Today in History–July 17–the Library of Congress features the Spanish Civil War, which began on this date in 1936. Often considered a precursor to World War II, the military contest between left-wing forces and fascists attracted international involvement on both sides. The war lasted nearly three years and ended when  Nationalist troops led by Francisco Franco overcame Republic forces and entered Madrid. Franco's military dictatorship ruled Spain for nearly 40 years. Find out more  by … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Oral Histories & Personal Narratives

LOC.gov contains numerous oral history and personal narrative resources. Check out the lists below!Teaching resourcesAnalyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Oral Histories Learning from the Source: Chicago Meatpackers & the Unions Learning from the Source: Digital Stories of Our Heroes Learning from the Source: Media & Migrant Laborer Perspectives Primary Source Learning: September 11, 2001 Capturing an Oral History: Tips for Students Billy the Kid: … [Read more...]

Today in History: Slave Auction

Today in History–March 3–the Library of Congress features the largest recorded slave auction in U.S. history, began on this date in 1859. Referred to as  "The Weeping Time", the two-day auction of 436 men, women, and children formerly held by Pierce M. Butler was held pay off Butler's financial losses from the crash of 1857-58 as well as his gambling debts. A journalist's account, What Became of the Slaves on a Georgia Plantation?, includes vivid descriptions of the auction and many of … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Texas

Texas stories from America’s LibraryTexas primary source setTexas mapsPictorial Americana: selected images of TexasMore Texas imagesTexas historical filmsTexas sheet musicSongs & oral histories related to TexasTexas veterans oral historiesTexas personal narratives from the American Folklife CenterTexas Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' ProjectTexas stories: Voices From the Days of SlaveryTexas books & other … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Alabama

Alabama stories from America’s LibraryAlabama primary source setAlabama image setAlabama mapsAlabama sheet musicSongs & oral histories related to AlabamaAlabama veterans oral historiesAlabama personal narrativesAlabama books & other textsAlabama historical newspapersThe Scottsboro Nine newspaper articlesAlabama related webcastsAlabama related legislationAlabama Guide to Law OnlineMore curated primary collections related to … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Kentucky

Kentucky stories from America’s LibraryFighting (Civil War ) for Kentucky Today in History: October 8Kentucky primary source setKentucky image set from American MemoryMore Kentucky imagesKentucky mapsKentucky books, articles & personal narrativesKentucky oral historiesKentucky historical newspapersKentucky historical periodicalsKentucky sheet musicKentucky songs (streaming audio)Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers (streaming … [Read more...]