November 16, 2018

NHD 2019: U.S. History Civil War to Late 19th Century

The First Battle of Bull Run: Anticipated Union Triumph Leads to TragedyToday in History: First Battle of Bull Run brief background & primary sources Related resourcesToday in History: Second Battle of Bull Run Civil War primary sources, secondary sources, teaching resourcesThe Triumphs and Tragedies of the Transcontinental RailroadToday in History: Transcontinental Railroad Completed primary sources, secondary sources, related resourcesReconstruction: … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Sioux (Dakota) & Sitting Bull

Sioux imagesDakota imagesSioux ghost dance (film)Mary Louise Defender Wilson and Keith Bear: Sioux and Mandan Hidatsa storytelling and music from North Dakota streaming webcastOral history interviews mentioning Sioux indiansIndian fanfares: The Camanche revel, The Sioux gaillarde, The Manitou air dancePoems from Sioux and Chippewa songsBooks related to the SiouxTexts related to the Dakota and the SiouxSioux indian historic newspaper coverageDakota indian … [Read more...]

Today in History: Indian Citizenship Act

Today in History–June 2–the Library of Congress features the Indian Citizenship Act, enacted on this date in 1924. The act finally granted official U.S. citizenship to to all Native Americans born in the U.S. But because voting rights were governed by state law, some Native American citizens were barred from voting in political elections until 1957. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more stories and primary sources related to Indian, or … [Read more...]

Today in History: North Dakota

Today in History–November 2–the Library of Congress features North Dakota, which entered the Union as the 39th state on this day in 1889. Visit the Today in History section to learn about the history and culture of the "Peace Garden" state, then follow the links below to access more primary source treasures.North Dakota stories from America's LibraryNorth Dakota primary source setNorth Dakota mapsNorth Dakota books, reports & other textsNorth Dakota historical … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Native American Indian Perspectives

In celebration of Native American Heritage month, the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog provides some great suggestions for teaching students to view the experiences and contributions of Native American Indians from various perspectives. Links to more Native American teaching resources are listed below and you'll find even more primary source resources from around the Library via the PSN curated Native American Heritage themed link set.Lesson Plans & Activity IdeasLearning … [Read more...]

Today in History: South Dakota

Today in History–November 2–the Library of Congress features South Dakota, which entered the Union as the 40th state on this day in 1889. Visit the Today in History section to learn about the history and culture of the "Mount Rushmore" state, then follow the links below to access more primary source treasures.South Dakota stories from America's LibrarySouth Dakota primary source setSouth Dakota mapsSouth Dakota books, reports & other textsThe Dreary Black Hills song … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Comparing Reports of the Battle of Little Bighorn

Have students collaborate to compare U.S. newspaper coverage of the Battle of Little Bighorn with eyewitness accounts from Native Americans who were there. Ask them to compare descriptions of the battle as well as characterizations of opposing forces. Remind students to look for and note differences in tone, particularly as defined by word choice. You may also ask students to consider which sources in each group seem more or less reliable or how the sources might have influenced the information … [Read more...]