November 17, 2022

Primary Source Spotlight: Black Hawk War of 1832

Black Hawk 1832 historical newspaper coverage Indian Wars of the West 1833 Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak, or Black Hawk, and Scenes in the West: a National Poem in Six Cantos 1849 The Great Indian Chief of the West: Life and Adventures of Black Hawk 1854 Battle of Bad Axe print 1857 Scenes and adventures in the army: or, Romance of military life 1859 The good old times in McLean County, Illinois: containing two hundred and sixty-one sketches of old settlers, a complete historical … [Read more...]

Collections Spotlight: Floods & Landslides

Floods Flood images Flood maps Oral histories related to floods Flood sheet music Swept by Mighty Waters c. 1913 Books, reports and other texts related to floods U.S. historical newspaper coverage: flood disasters Johnstown Flood (1899): Topics in Chronicling America select articles & timeline Galveston Flood of 1900: Topics in Chronicling America select articles & timeline U.S. legislation related to flooding Johnstown Flood Disaster May 31, 1889 from … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors?

Overview By pairing primary sources with poetry, students consider the proverb, "Good fences make good neighbors" in the context of their own lives as well as in a local, national or global context. Lesson Steps Display the primary source image and analyze it together as a class using the Library of Congress Primary Source Analysis Tool. After, ask students to consider and discuss the mood and tone of the image and what feelings it brings to mind. Ask for two student volunteers to … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead

Dia de los Muertos Celebration Local Legacies 1999 2010 Dia de los Muertos Parade Flickr photo album | Note: Walker’s Point, a neighborhood in Milwaukee, WI, hosts the largest Dia de los Muertos celebration in the state; the local art center invites community members to create ofrendas and other artwork Día de los Muertos 2014 Day of the Dead, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA USA Father and Daughter: Dia de los Muertos themed make up and costume Grover Beach, CA October 18, … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Autumn

Autumn images Fall season images Autumn song recordings Autumn sheet music Books and other texts related to Autumn The Sparkling Diamond: Fall Season 1880 Autumn: U.S. historical newspapers "Autumn" poem by Helen Keller, 27 October 1893 Free to Use and Reuse primary source set: Autumn and Halloween Articles & blog posts related to Autumn Caught Our Eyes: Autumn in Russia Picture This September 28, 2017 Falling for Autumn Inside Adams September 24, 2010 … [Read more...]

Today in History: Clara Barton & the Red Cross

Today in History–May 21–TPS-Barat features Clarissa "Clara" Barton, who founded the Red Cross on this date in 1881. A former teacher, Barton was working in the U.S. patent office at the start of the Civil War. Despite having little nursing training, Barton administered aid to soldiers at several battlefields. After the war she established the Missing Soldier Office in Washington, D.C., led the effort to establish a national cemetery at Andersonville Prison, and, in 1881, founded the American Red … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: The Declaration, Her Declaration, Your Declaration

Discuss the Declaration of Independence. Why was it written? What meaning did it have in 1776? What meaning does it have today? Read the Declaration of Independence and highlight words and phrases that stand out to you. Read over the words and phrases you highlighted. In what ways does the language you selected help to clarify or distill the meaning of the Declaration of Independence for you? Read over the words and phrases you highlighted again. In what other context of your life might … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: Individual Influence

The article, In a Lost Essay, a Glimpse of an Elusive Poet and Slave (The New York Times Sept. 25, 2017), tells the intriguing story of the discovery of a primary source text by Jonathan Senchyne, an assistant professor of book history at the University of Wisconsin. The essay, "Individual Influence" by North Carolina slave and poet George Moses Horton, was found in a scrapbook documenting an 1856 University of North Carolina (UNC) controversy compiled by Henry Harrisse, a 19th-century historian … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Snow

Snow images Snowflake images Most Beautiful of All Snow Mountains New-York Tribune December 23, 1917 Snow-related films The first sleigh-ride 1897 Sleighing scene 1898 Montreal Fire Department on runners (sleigh) 1901 Esquimaux village Arrival of the Governor General, Lord Minto, at Quebec 1902 Snow-related song recordings Land of snow and a thousand lakes (Tuhatjärvien lumien maa) Snow deer Snow flakes waltz When the snow birds cross the valley Snow … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: The Banks of the Yellow Sea

This Emily Dickinson poem was set to music by composer Ernst Bacon. Take a closer look at this sheet music and read the lyrics. What feeling does this poem give you? What specific word choices influence how you feel? What kind of music do you think would go with these words (happy, upbeat, sad, mournful, lively, slow, etc.)? Even if you can't read music, what clues to the music do you get about how Bacon wanted the song to sound from the sheet music? Now listen to a song recording of "The Banks … [Read more...]