October 20, 2019

Today in History: Television

Today in History–August 19–the Library of Congress features children's television. On this date in 1950, ABC aired its first Saturday morning children's television shows: Animal Clinic and the variety show Acrobat Ranch, which featured two young acrobats, Tumbling Tim and Flying Flo, and children competing in games and stunts. Learn more about children's television as well as the history of television by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links below. Television image … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Tactics in the March to Suffrage

Collective action can lead to change. "The basic functional requirements of a social movement," according to Herbert W. Simons, Emeritus Professor of Communication, Temple University, "are an ability to mobilize human and material resources, to exert external influence, and to mount resistance to counter-pressures." [1] In this primary source learning activity, students will examine the tactics supporters of the woman suffrage movement used in their long quest to gain the right to vote, consider … [Read more...]

Today in History: James F. Byrnes

Today in History–May 2–the Library of Congress features politician James F. Byrnes, born on this date in 1882. Byrnes represented South Carolina in the House (1911-25) and Senate (1931-41) and was only defeated once, in 1924, for refusing endorsement by the Ku Klux Klan. Byrnes also served as a Supreme Court justice, U.S. secretary of state and Governor of South Carolina. Learn more about Time magazine's 1946 "Man of the Year" by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below … [Read more...]

Today in History: Anarchist Emma Goldman

Today in History–February 11–the Library of Congress features anarchist and feminist Emma Goldman, who was arrested on this date in 1916 right before she was to give a lecture on family planning. A Russian immigrant, Goldman joined the labor movement after working in a New York garment factory. Later she would embrace anarchism--the political belief that all forms of government authority are undesirable and unnecessary. Learn more about this staunch advocate for individual rights by visiting … [Read more...]

Today in History: Wyoming

Today in History–December 10–the Library of Congress features Wyoming, which granted women the right to vote on this day in 1869 while still a U.S. territory. Three months later the first women jurors reported for duty in Laramie, attracting international attention. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to learn more about the culture and history of this trailblazing state full of natural beauty and resources. Wyoming stories from America’s … [Read more...]

Today in History: U.S. Constitution

Today in History–September 17–the Library of Congress features the U.S. Constitution. After much debate and compromise, the members of the Constitutional Convention signed the final draft of the Constitution on this day in 1787. It would take just over nine months to ratify this document that would become the supreme law of the land. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section and by delving into the extensive list of U.S. Constitution teaching resources & primary … [Read more...]

Featured Image: American politics and the Tapeworm Party

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Featured Source: Taft About to Eclipse Bryan

What scientific event does this source facetiously mimic? Do you think the analogy works in this context? Why or why not? This source is referenced as a photographic print but is it a single image? How do you know? How do you think the postcard was made? Do some research to find out more about the 1908 contest between William Howard Taft and William Jennings Bryan. Describe at least three things that you discovered. William Howard Taft primary source collection William Jennings … [Read more...]

Featured Image: A Cleverer Crow

Pughe, J. S. "He won't let go. A cleverer crow than the bird of Aesop's fable." 1908 May 13. Summary: In 1908, William Jennings Bryan was recommended by party members as the Democratic presidential nominee. Although very popular in the south and the west, many eastern Democrats opposed his nomination, citing both his two previous losses (1896 and 1900) and his newly formed radical ideas as reasons. The cartoon appeared before the Denver nominating convention, at a time when Bryan was making it … [Read more...]

Today in History: Uniform Presidential Election Day

Today in History–November 4–the Library of Congress features the passage of legislation on this day in 1845 requiring a uniform election day for President of the United States on the: "Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November of the year in which they are to be appointed." The 1848 election was the first presidential election in which Americans in every state voted on the same day. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section then click the links below for more … [Read more...]