December 15, 2018

Primary Source Spotlight: Influenza

Early Influenza sourcesAn address of thanks from the faculty to the Right Honble, Mr. Influenzy for his kind visit to this country 1803 An account of the origin, symptoms, and cure of the influenza or epidemic catarrh 1832 Kartogramma "grippa", oktiabrʹ 1889-mart 1890 shows occurrence of influenza by province (Russia)Influenza Pandemic 1918-1919The Influenza Epidemic of 1918 (Spanish Flu) timeline and select historical newspaper articles Influenza 1918-1919 historical … [Read more...]

Citizen U: Interdisciplinary Civics Lessons

Citizen U integrates inquiry-based civics across core curriculum disciplines—English-language arts, math, science, and social studies—in elementary, middle school, and high school grades. Created through a grant awarded by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources TPS program, Citizen U is a collaboration of the Barat Education Foundation, the Constitutional Rights Foundation, and DePaul University’s Office of Innovative Professional Learning.Get the Lessons! Download a lesson … [Read more...]

NHD 2019: U.S. History 20th Century Post WWII

The Tragedy of McCarthyismMarshall [George C.] and McCarthyism from America's Library Red Scare - Pointing Their Pens: Herblock and Fellow Cartoonists Confront the Issues More cartoons about Joseph McCarthy and McCarthyism from Herblock's History exhibition More cartoons about Joseph McCarthy and McCarthyism from Herblock! exhibition Creating Cartoons: Art and Controversy Library of Congress Blog June 2, 2015 A Climate of Fear - Hope for America: Performers, Politics and Pop … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: Frederick Douglass & Scientific Racism

In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Eric Herschthal, a fellow at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library, suggests that we remember Frederick Douglass "as someone whose insights about scientific theories of race are every bit as relevant in our era as they were when he wrote them." Take a look at the examples Herschthal provides about Douglass'  efforts to challenge scientific racism, including ethnology or, as it was sometimes referred to, "the … [Read more...]

Citizen U: Lessons Infusing Civics Across the Curriculum

The Citizen U curriculum is a collaboration between the Barat Education Foundation (BEF), Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF), and DePaul University’s Office of Innovative Professional Learning (DePaul OIPL) and was developed thanks to a grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program.The goal of the Citizen U curriculum is to infuse civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions across the core subjects in elementary, middle, and high school grades. Working with … [Read more...]

Today in History: Hoover Dam

Today in History–December 21–the Library of Congress features the Hoover Dam, which got its start when President Calvin Coolidge signed the Boulder Canyon Project Act on this date in 1928. Originally known as the Boulder Dam, this wonder of civil engineering distributes water from the Colorado River for use in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Learn more by reading the Today in History section, then click the links below for related primary sources.The … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Solar Eclipse

On August 21, 2017 a total solar eclipse could be seen from coast to coast in the United States, the first time that had happened since Aug. 1918. Spark discoveries about solar eclipses with primary sources!Eclipse blog posts from the LibraryChasing Shadows: Eclipses and Eclipse Observations in the Library of Congress Collections Inside Adams blog August 18, 2017 Looking to the Sky: Solar Eclipse 2017 Picture This August 16, 2017 Solar Eclipse: A Moment of Awe, Wonder, and Belief … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Form & Function

Take a close look at the collection of images above (.pdf). What common theme can you identify? Note similarities and differences between the images.Now take a look at the bibliographic records of each image by clicking the links below. What is the function of the main object in each image? Choose one of these and investigate how the object was used in the past and if it is still used today.Image 1 Image 2 Image 3 Image 4What types of tasks can you envision the main … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Snow

Snow imagesSnowflake imagesCCSS K-5 writing promptsSnow-related filmsThe first sleigh-ride 1897 Sleighing scene 1898 Montreal Fire Department on runners (sleigh) 1901 Esquimaux village Arrival of the Governor General, Lord Minto, at Quebec 1902Snow-related song recordingsLand of snow and a thousand lakes (Tuhatjärvien lumien maa) Snow deer Snow flakes waltz When the snow birds cross the valleySnow sheet musicSnowflake sheet musicPicnic … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Microcosm

The image above is small part of an illustration. Look carefully and make a hypothesis about the topic or theme of the larger illustration. Point to specific details that led you to this hypothesis.Next, zoom into a larger section of the same illustration. What additional details do you see? Refine or rewrite your hypothesis about the topic or theme of the larger illustration based on these new details.Now look at the full illustration. What new details do you see? What does this image … [Read more...]