October 19, 2019

Today in History: Woman’s Rights Conventions

Today in History–May 28–the Library of Congress features the Woman's Rights Convention, held in Akron, Ohio on this date and May 29 in 1851. Convention topics included common law, education and labor, including wage inequities. Find out more about the early efforts of women's rights advocates by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources related to the 1851 convention and those that preceded and followed. The proceedings of the Woman's Rights … [Read more...]

Today in History: Gifford Pinchot

Today in History–May 13–the Library of Congress features the opening day of the Governors' Conference on the Conservation of Natural Resources on this day in 1908. President Theodore Roosevelt delivered the stirring opening address but the conference was spearheaded by Chief Forester of the United States Gifford Pinchot. The conference helped put the spotlight on conservationism. Pinchot later went on to become Governor of Pennsylvania. Find out more about this forester and politician by … [Read more...]

Today in History: Henry Cabot Lodge

Today in History–May 12–the Library of Congress features politician and historian Henry Cabot Lodge, born on this day in 1850. Lodge was a long-standing member of Congress, serving the state of Massachusetts as a U.S. representative from 1887 to 1893 and a U.S. senator from 1893 to 1924. This Republican statesman is perhaps best known for his staunch argument against U.S. participation in the League of Nations proposed by President Woodrow Wilson. Find out more about this fiery orator by … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Evening Sky Map April, 1912

Check out a larger view of this map. Is this the view you would see from the northern or the southern hemisphere? How do you know? What were or will be the dates of the moon phases for April of this year? If you can, print out this map and follow the directions in the bottom, left corner. Do you see the same thing? Read the Stars of the Titanic blog post. Next, choose one primary source from this TPS-Barat curated Titanic primary source collection to analyze; use the … [Read more...]

Today in History: R.M.S. Titanic

Today in History–April 14–the Library of Congress features the R.M.S. Titanic, which struck an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland on this date in 1912 and sank to the bottom of the sea just a few short hours later. Find out more about the tragic maiden voyage of the Titanic by reading the Today in History section, then clicking the links below to learn more. Titanic image set Titanic sheet music Titanic song recordings Titanic-related legislation Titanic books In Memoriam, … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Woman Suffrage

PSN curated primary source collections Featured Sources The Awakening Official Program Woman Suffrage Procession Today in History Jane Addams Susan B. Anthony Carrie S. Burnham Lucretia Mott Emmeline Pankhurst Alice Paul Elizabeth Cady Stanton Mary Church Terrell Congress Approves 19th Amendment Picketing for Suffrage Seneca Falls Convention Woman’s Rights Conventions Library collections Carrie Chapman Catt Papers Anna E. … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Women’s Road to the Vote

Don't miss these great woman suffrage teaching resources using Library of Congress primary sources! Woman suffrage source set & teaching guide Lesson plans Learning from the Source: Tactics in the March to Suffrage Literature Links: Predicting & Inferring about Woman Suffrage Primary Source Investigation: Hazel Hunkins, Billings Suffragist Primary Source Investigation: Suffrage Suffragists and Their Tactics Teaching Now: Going Gaga Over Suffrage Teaching Now: … [Read more...]

Featured Source: National Anti-Suffrage Association

Look carefully at all the elements included in this scene. What do you think the photographer wanted the audience to think and feel? Be sure to back up your conclusion with evidence from the image. Compare and contrast the photo above with the top photo from the Learning from the Source: Tactics in the March to Suffrage post. What differences and similarities do you notice? Add thought bubbles to a few of the people in this image. What other observations, reflections or questions does … [Read more...]

Today in History: Acadia National Park

Today in History–February 26–the Library of Congress features Acadia National Park in Maine. On this day in 1919, Congress approved an Act to Establish the Lafayette National Park at Mt. Desert Island. Ten years later this coastal Maine park expanded and was renamed Acadia National Park. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section then discovering the primary source linked to below. Acadia National Park image set Acadia National Park : carriage road user's map 2000 More Acadia … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: George Washington Carver & Tuskegee Institute

From America's Library: Born: About 1864 (exact date is unknown) Died: January 5, 1943 George Washington Carver was born a slave in Diamond Grove, Missouri, around 1864. He is one of the nation's most famous agricultural scientists. He is best known for his research on peanuts and his commitment to helping poor Southern African American farmers. Carver worked at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama for most of his adult life. In 1943, soon after Carver's death, President Franklin D. Roosevelt … [Read more...]