November 20, 2022

Collections Spotlight: Cyclones, Hurricanes, Typhoons

Cyclones The recent cyclone in the South photograph U.S.S. Yantic, after cyclone photograph Sailing in a cyclone storm sheet music The Voice of the Cyclone on Sea and Land 1893 U.S. historical newspaper coverage of cyclones US. legislation related to cyclones Places in the News October 2012: Cyclone Nilam heading towards India Fiji : February 20, 2016 - Cyclone Winston Hurricanes Hurricane image set Hurricane films & event recordings Hurricane … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Perspectives on U.S. Expansion

At the turn of the 20th century Admiral George Dewey, Pacific naval commander, became a veritable American hero for his role in the Spanish-American war. While United States foreign policy was focused on global expansion, not everyone believed it was a good idea. The Philippines, certainly, were not keen on U.S. imperialism and continued to fight for control of the country until 1902 (Spain "awarded" the Philippines to the United States for $20 million under the 1898 Treaty of Paris). Use the … [Read more...]

Today in History: George Dewey

Today in History–December 26–the Library of Congress features Commodore George Dewey, born on this day in 1837. Dewey was the Pacific naval commander when the U.S. declared war on Spain on April 25, 1898. Less than a week later he became a national hero following the decisive and swift 6-hour destruction of the Spanish fleet in the Battle of Manila Bay. Learn more about George Dewey by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources related to this … [Read more...]