September 22, 2018

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...]

Today in History: Compromise of 1850

Today in History–September 20–the Library of Congress features the abolishment of the slave trade in Washington D.C., which was a feature of a legislative package known as the Compromise of 1850. Learn more by reading the Today in History section, then clicking the links below to access related primary & secondary sources.Compromise of 1850: American Treasures of the Library of CongressCompromise of 1850 timeline and select documentsJanuary 29, 1850 : Senator Henry Clay … [Read more...]

Today in History: Henry Cabot Lodge

Today in History–May 12–the Library of Congress features politician and historian Henry Cabot Lodge, born on this day in 1850. Lodge was a long-standing member of Congress, serving the state of Massachusetts as a U.S. representative from 1887 to 1893 and a U.S. senator from 1893 to 1924. This Republican statesman is perhaps best known for his staunch argument against U.S. participation in the League of Nations proposed by President Woodrow Wilson. Find out more about this fiery orator by … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Senate page boys stage their first snow battle

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Primary Source Spotlight: Fugitive Slave Law

Practical illustration of the Fugitive Slave LawEffects of the Fugitive-Slave-LawTriumphFugitive slave law political cartoonsFugitive slave bill ... Approved, September 18, 1850. Millard FillmoreThings to be remembered. Remember that the Whig administration of Millard Fillmore enacted the Fugitive Slave bill, in violation of the constitution and all the legal safeguards of personal libertyFugitive Slave Law, Senate Congressional Globe documentsFugitive Slave Law, … [Read more...]

Today in History: Impeachment

Today in History–May 16–the Library of Congress features presidential impeachments. On this day in 1868, the U.S. Senate failed by one vote to convict President Andrew Johnson of "high crimes and misdemeanors," under the eleventh article of impeachment.  The second trial of a U.S. president—President Bill Clinton—on articles of impeachment occurred in January and February of 1999. Learn more about these presidential impeachment trials by visiting the Today in History section, then click the … [Read more...]

Featured Image: 113th Congress by the Numbers

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Today in History: Lend-Lease Act

Today in History–October 23–the Library of Congress features the Lend-Lease Act. On this day in 1941 the U.S. stepped closer to direct involvement in World War II when the Senate passed a $5.98 billion supplemental Lend-Lease bill. The Lend-Lease Act, passed in March, 1941, gave President Roosevelt nearly unlimited power to provide the Allies with material aid without officially taking sides. The United States entered the war less than two months later following the December 8, 1941 attack on … [Read more...]

Today in History: Liberia

Today in History–July 26–the Library of Congress features Liberia, declared an independent republic on this day in 1847. Formerly a colony of the American Colonization Society—organized in 1817 to resettle free black Americans in West Africa—Joseph Jenkins Roberts was elected the first president of the republic in 1848. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to this African nation and its founder.Joseph … [Read more...]