March 19, 2019

Featured Source: For United America, YWCA

The shields displayed on this poster represent the flags of various countries. Do some research to see how many countries you can identify and make a list. Look closely at the details that you see in this poster. For what purpose do you think this poster was created? What details from the print and your own background knowledge helped you to reach that conclusion? How does your conclusion compare with the summary in the bibliographic record for this print, which suggests a possible purpose … [Read more...]

Featured Source: East Coast of Florida Is Paradise Regained

How does this source present the state of Florida? What details from the source support your response (see larger image)? Who is sponsoring this map? Why do you think so? What might that company hope to gain? Does the company still exist today? What more can you discover? Do a bit of research about the Spanish-American War, which was fought in 1898. How do you think this source might relate to the Spanish-American War? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Spiro Agnew parody

What do you think the artist is trying to tell you through this poster? What details support your conclusion? Find out more about Spiro Agnew. Read the following curator notes: Anything Goes: Caricature Since the 1960s: Edward Sorel, Author and Caricaturist. What three reasons are given for the resurgence of caricature in the mid-1960s? What more did you learn about the art of caricature from the notes? The title of the featured poster mentions that it is a parody. Explain why you think or … [Read more...]

Featured Source: The constitutional amendment

What emotion does this poster tap into? Why do you think that? Who is the audience for this primary source? How do you know? Do  you think this poster was effective with its target audience? Why or why not? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Congress passes daylight saving bill

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Featured Source: Irishmen – Avenge the Lusitania

Use image and textual details to describe the purpose of this poster. Use the Primary Source Nexus search box to find out about the sinking of the Lusitania. What did you find out? What surprised you the most or had the biggest impact on you? The audience for this poster was the Irish—Irish men, in particular. Use what you learned about the sinking of the Lusitania to create a poster targeted to Americans (if needed, conduct more primary source research). What other observations, … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Dracula

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Today in History: The Birth of a Nation

Today in History–February 8–the Library of Congress features the controversial silent film, The Birth of a Nation, which premiered on this day in 1915. Although the film advanced the art of cinema, it did so by telling a story with a skewed, racist vision of U.S. history. Protested by many, the film was ultimately a great commercial success. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section and then clicking the links below. The Birth of a Nation poster More The Birth of a Nation … [Read more...]

Today in History: Memorial Day

Today in History–May 30–the Library of Congress features Memorial Day, first celebrated on this day in 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery, where both Confederate and Union soldiers were buried. Learn more about this national day of observance celebrating those who died in defense of the United States by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more related primary sources. Featured Image: Memorial Day (from Puck magazine) Featured Image: Memorial Day, … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Images

They say pictures are worth a thousand words. Primary source images, whether they are photographs or prints, provide windows into unique perspectives of people, places, and events. The analysis of primary source images helps scaffold and differentiate learning and aligns closely to the Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS). The Library of Congress is a treasure trove of primary source images, the bulk of which you will find in the Digital collections and the Prints & … [Read more...]