July 19, 2020

Primary Source Spotlight: Margaret Chase Smith

Historical newspaper coverage: Representative Margaret Chase Smith Historical newspaper coverage: Senator Margaret Chase Smith Margaret Chase Smith image set Margaret Chase Smith brief bio and image set Margaret Chase Smith Library Margaret Chase Smith biography and bibliography United States House of Representatives Margaret Chase Smith: A Declaration of Conscience background with link to her speech United States Senate The Senator Who Stood Up to Joseph McCarthy When No One … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: Teaching About Presidential Impeachment

In the article, Teaching Impeachment in Politically Risky Times, Education Week discusses the issues teachers face in the current context and the importance of seizing this teachable moment. "For the nation’s government and civics teachers, it all comes down to this: The wheels of a rarely used, constitutionally prescribed process—impeachment—have been set in motion. And now those teachers are on the front lines of helping interpret it for the nation’s students. Whether teachers are prepared … [Read more...]

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

The Tragedy of McCarthyism Marshall [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 Congress Compromise of 1850 timeline and select documents January 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 Law Effects of the Fugitive-Slave-Law Triumph Fugitive slave law political cartoons Fugitive slave bill ... Approved, September 18, 1850. Millard Fillmore Things 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 liberty Fugitive Slave Law, Senate Congressional Globe documents Fugitive 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. The third impeachment trial of a U.S. president—President Donald Trump—is set for January, 2020. Learn more about … [Read more...]

Featured Source: 113th Congress by the Numbers

Supporting Congress Foremost, the Library’s mission is to support the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties. See how it accomplishes that goal every day. … [Read more...]

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...]