September 24, 2022

Guided Primary Source Analysis: The Alaska Line

For each of the following questions, use specific details from the map to support your conclusions (zoom into this map online or download a larger image). Who created this map? How do you know? Why do you think this map was created? Who do you think the audience might have been when it was published in 1934? How many different transportation lines are represented on this map? How many different modes of transportation are represented? Choose two points (look for the red points and find the … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: 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...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Transportation

Primary source sets Transportation primary source set with teacher's guide Transportation image set Transportation maps Films & webcasts related to transportation Oral histories related to transportation Life history mentioning transportation Historical texts related to transportation Historical newspaper coverage: modes of transportation PSN curated primary source collections Air Balloons & Airships America's Roadways B&O Railroad … [Read more...]

Today in History: Transcontinental Railroad Completed

Today in History–May 10–the Library of Congress features the U.S. transcontinental railroad, celebrated on this day in 1869 when a symbolic golden spike was driven into the ground at Promontory Summit, in Utah Territory—approximately thirty-five miles away from Promontory Point, the site where the rails of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific were joined. This railroad connected the United States from coast to coast, reducing a four-month journey to just one week. Learn more by visiting … [Read more...]

Today in History: Mount Rainier National Park

Today in History–March 2–the Library of Congress features Mount Rainier National Park, established on this day in 1899. But was America's fifth national park created to preserve nature or to help out an industry? Learn more by visiting the Today in History section and reviewing the resources linked to below. from America's Library Mount Rainier, Washington Mount Rainier becomes a national park Legislation U.S. Statutes at Large, Vol. 29, Proclamation No. 21, pp. … [Read more...]

Today in History: B&O Railroad

Today in History–February 28–the Library of Congress features the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, which became the first U.S. railway chartered for transporting commercial freight and passengers on this day in 1827. The first track was 13 miles long and opened in 1830. Find out more about this groundbreaking railroad by visiting the Today in History section, then clicking the links below to access some fascinating primary sources. B & O Railroad image set Peter Cooper's Tom Thumb steam … [Read more...]