October 22, 2018

Today in History: Clara Barton & the Red Cross

Today in History–May 21–TPS-Barat features Clarissa "Clara" Barton, who founded the Red Cross on this date in 1881. A former teacher, Barton was working in the U.S. patent office at the start of the Civil War. Despite having little nursing training, Barton administered aid to soldiers at several battlefields,  After the war she established the Missing Soldier Office in Washington, D.C., led effort to establish a national cemetery at Andersonville Prison, and, in 1881, founded the American Red … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Washington Chapter 1917

Use the Library of Congress primary source analysis tool to analyze this image. What did you discover? What is the Washington Chapter and what are they doing? What more can you learn from the bibliographic record?Review some related historical newspaper articles to find out more. What did you learn? In what ways did your discoveries inform your understanding of this image? What new questions do you have?Take a look at this set of related images. Select 3-5 of these images and use what … [Read more...]