December 1, 2020

Primary Source Spotlight: Bicycles

Free to Use and Reuse: Bicycles More Bicycle-related images Bicycling maps Bicycling films Bicycle sheet music Uncle Josh on a bicycle song recording "Shall Women Ride the Bicycle?" Elizabeth Cady Stanton [Mrs. Larson's [bicycle] Story] oral history "A brilliant idea: a comedy sketch" 1897 satirical commentary on gender identity and the liberation felt and practiced by women of the 19th century Bicycle printed ephemera Why not cycle abroad yourself? What a bicycle … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Little Rock Nine

Little Rock Nine historical newspaper coverage through 1963 Citizens' Letters on the Little Rock Crisis Eisenhower Library Daisy Bates to Roy Wilkins on the treatment of the Little Rock Nine December 17, 1957 letter Portrait of Roy Wilkins Little Rock Nine group portrait photo and curator's note U.S. Troops escort African American students from Central High School photo and curator's note Little Rock Nine images Little Rock Nine pamphlet Little Rock Central High School … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Morocco

Morocco image set Morocco primary source set World Digital Library Morocco map Morocco printed ephemera (tourism, food, folklore) Alan Lomax collection 1967 Moroccan chorus and dance song recording 1959 U.S. historical newspaper coverage of Morocco Books and other texts related to Morocco U.S. veteran oral histories (Morocco service) Morocco mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection Early U.S. government correspondence related to … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: American Revolution

American Revolution primary source set The American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts collection Mapping the American Revolution and Its Era Battle maps and charts of the American Revolution (1881) Printed Ephemera 1763-1783 A broadside titled "No Stamped Paper to be had" reports a variety of colonial efforts intended to force the repeal of the hated Stamp Act of 1765 An account of the Boston Massacre printed in 1770 A copy of the Boston Port Act as passed by the … [Read more...]

Today in History: James McNeill Whistler

Today in History–July 10–TPS-Barat features  James McNeill Whistler, born on this date in 1834. This American artist spent time in St. Petersburg, Russia during his childhood and later in England and France, where he studied. Learn more about Whistler through these primary and secondary sources. James McNeill Whistler images & art Whistler’s Butterfly Picture This blog June 20, 2013 Joseph and Elizabeth Robins Pennell Collection of Whistleriana Works of James McNeill Whistler … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Official Program Woman Suffrage Procession

Review the Official Program Woman Suffrage Procession and read the program forward (page 3). What goals for the procession does the forward set? How do the accomplishments of the highlighted women on pages 3 and 4 seem to support those goals? Closely read the first 11 paragraphs of page 4: Why Women Want to Vote. What is the tone of the text? What specific words and phrases support your conclusion? What group of women do you think was the primary audience for this text? What specific words … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: A. Philip Randolph

Leading the procession from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial More A. Philip Randolph images A. Philip Randolph historical newspaper coverage The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters A. Philip Randolph letter to NAACP Secretary Walter White March 18, 1941 The Negro in National Defense 1941 poster Why Should We March? 1941 flyer Executive Order 8802: Prohibition of Discrimination in the Defense Industry 1941 Our Documents NAACP joined union organizer A. Philip … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Liberty Bell

Liberty bell image set Liberty bell sheet music Liberty bell song recordings Liberty bell books & other texts Historic American newspapers: Liberty bell … [Read more...]

Today in History: American Federation of Labor & Quarry Workers

Today in History–September 08–the Library of Congress features the Quarry Workers’ International Union of North America, which was granted a charter by the American Federation of Labor (AFL) on this date in 1903. While granite had been mined around the area of Barre, Vermont for years, new waves of immigrants with a strong tradition of unionism arrived in the late 19th century. Find out more about quarries, the life of the miners in Vermont and elsewhere, and the AFL by visiting … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Iowa

Iowa stories from America’s Library Iowa primary source set with Teacher’s Guide Iowa-focused primary source sets address national and international history as well as Iowa-specific history Iowa maps Iowa images Iowa sheet music Iowa songs & oral histories Iowa books & other texts Iowa historical newspapers Iowa broadsides & printed ephemera Lao Natasinh Dance Troupe of Iowa webcast Writers from Iowa's International Writer's Program Read From Their … [Read more...]