October 20, 2019

Collection Spotlight: All American News

Spanning from 1942-45, All-American news were the first newsreels produced for a black audience and were originally intended to encourage black Americans to participate in, and support the war effort, as well as to reflect an African-American perspective on world and national events. 1942 All-American news [1942-08]: includes segments about a Baltimore merchant marine who survived when his ship was sunk and the Navy's Great Lakes Band. 1944 All American news III [1944-03]: includes … [Read more...]

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 the 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...]