August 31, 2022

Learning from the Source: Technology Time Travel

Become a time traveling sleuth with historical newspapers to discover how the hot new technology at the turn of the 20th century evolved. Work in groups to analyze the primary sources and, together, uncover the evolution of radio technology. Next, investigate other primary and secondary sources to compare and contrast radio's evolution to another technology of today. What parallels do you notice? What lessons can you learn from history to help you navigate the present? Essential question: How … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Circus Radio Broadcast

Imagine you are the elephant. What is your "song" about? Create speech or thought bubbles for the two men and the elephant in this picture. How could we broadcast the elephant's "song" today? What kind of equipment would we use? How is that similar to and different from the equipment used in this image? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Today in History: Basketball

Today in History–January 16–the Library of Congress features basketball. The first unofficial college basketball game was played on this date in 1896 when the University of Chicago beat the University of Iowa by a score of 15-12. Learn more about this sport by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more basketball primary sources. Sports lovers will want to check out our many other sports primary source sets. Check out the Olympics sets too. First College … [Read more...]

Today in History: Political Debates

Today in History–October 21–the Library of Congress features political debates, highlighting the final round of the Kennedy-Nixon presidential debate which was televised on this day in 1960. Learn more about these "Great Debates", the Lincoln-Douglas debates, and the role of radio in presidential debates and addresses of the 1920s and 1930s by visiting the Today in History section then click the links below to access more related primary sources. Political Cartoons and Public Debates primary … [Read more...]