November 21, 2019

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Tariff Triumph of Pharaoh Wilson

Do some research on the Primary Source Nexus to find out who Wilson was. If you don't know what a Pharaoh is, do some research outside of the Primary Source Nexus to find out. Why do you think this political cartoon might have compared Wilson to a Pharaoh? Look up the definition of a tariff. Now zoom into a more detailed view of this cartoon. Look closely and try to figure out some of the symbols the cartoonist used. For help reading cartoons, click the links below. Analyzing Primary … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: A coldness between them

Look at a more detailed image of this cartoon. Without conducting any further research, what can you infer about these two men just by looking closing at the cartoon's details? Collaborate with others to find out more about the controversy surrounding the two men depicted in this cartoon. What details, if any, from the cartoon are referenced in the historical newspaper articles? Relay what else you learned. Now investigate other primary sources related to Cook and Peary. Explain your view … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Great presidential puzzle

Look carefully at this political cartoon. What can you determine just from the information above? Now review the cartoon's bibliographic record and find out about the Stalwarts and the Half-Breeds by investigating the links below. After, describe new insights you now have about this political cartoon. The 1880 Presidential Election HarpWeek The Half-Breeds versus the Stalwarts from Chronology of the U.S. Presidency, Volume 1 The Stalwarts & the Half-Breeds from Building a New … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Signing the declaration of their independence

Compare and contrast the illustration above with this well-known print. What similarities do you notice? What differences do you see? This illustration is actually a political cartoon. What do you think the purpose of the creator might have been? Now read the bibliographic record for this political cartoon as well as the source record for the comparison print. Do you think this source is a good argument for or against supporting woman suffrage, or the right of women to vote? Why or why … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Concerning the American Girl

List the different career paths illustrated in this political cartoon. Did any surprise you? Why or why not? Political cartoons often contain irony. What example of irony do you find in this political cartoon? (If you need help, review the post Analyzing Primary Sources: Reading Cartoons.) What do you think were the "old ideals" of womanhood in 1904? What would you tell someone are the "old ideals" of womanhood today? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: The Kidnappers

There are 7 scenes in this political cartoon; take a look at them in greater detail in this .pdf document. What do they all have in common? Review the summary from the bibliographic record. What more did you learn? The cartoon's center scene featuring Theodore Roosevelt could be viewed right side up or upside down. How does the perspective of the scene change when you view it upside down as compared to right side up? Click the links below to read an historic newspaper article and a letter … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Poor Illinois!

Use the Primary Source Nexus search box to look for more information about the Haymarket anarchists. Describe and explain something that you discovered. Use the Primary Source Nexus search box to look for more information about Peter Altgeld. Describe and explain his relationship to the Haymarket anarchists. Read the story, "Bloody Battle at a Coal Mine" published in The Salt Lake Herald (Salt Lake City [Utah), 13 Oct. 1898. What insights into the political cartoon does the article give … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Perspectives on U.S. Expansion

At the turn of the 20th century Admiral George Dewey, Pacific naval commander, became a veritable American hero for his role in the Spanish-American war. While United States foreign policy was focused on global expansion, not everyone believed it was a good idea. The Philippines, certainly, were not keen on U.S. imperialism and continued to fight for control of the country until 1902 (Spain "awarded" the Philippines to the United States for $20 million under the 1898 Treaty of Paris). Use the … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: A Thanksgiving Truce

Why do you think the creator titled this cartoon "A Thanksgiving Truce"? Use specific details from the source to support your response. What do you think the bear meant when it said (with deep feeling), "Here's hoping that when next we meet, we see you first."? Do some research to learn some more about Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders. What discoveries did you make? What new perspectives of this cartoon do you now have? What other observations, reflections or questions does this … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: The Awakening

Primary source analysis ideas from the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog Source bibliographic record Poem by Alice Duer Miller (printed at the bottom of the source) Look forward, women, always; utterly cast away The memory of hate and struggle and bitterness; Bonds may endure for a night, but freedom comes with the day, And the free must remember nothing less. Forget the strife; remember those who strove— The first defeated women, gallant and few, Who gave us hope, as a … [Read more...]