October 15, 2018

NHD 2019: U.S. History Early to Mid 19th Century

The Missouri Compromise: Unable to Hold Off the Tragedy of the Civil WarSpeech of Mr. Van Dyke, on the amendment offered to a bill for the admission of Missouri into the Union, prescribing the restriction of slavery as an irrevocable principle of the state constitution 1820 More Missouri compromise primary sources & background Related resourcesTimely Connections: Slavery & Compromise Primary Source Learning: Slavery (U.S.) Primary Source Spotlight: Slavery … [Read more...]

NHD 2019: Early U.S. History

Salem Witch TrialsToday in History: Salem Witch Trials background, primary sources, secondary sourcesAmerican Settlers Versus Native AmericansStories from America's LibraryRaid of Deerfield, Massachusetts in Queen Anne's War Roger Williams & Freedom in Rhode IslandCurated source collections: background, primary sources, secondary sourcesThanksgiving Wampanoag Jamestown Captivity Narratives Fort Necessity & the French and Indian War … [Read more...]

Today in History: Juneteenth

Today in History–June 19–TPS-Barat features Juneteenth. On this date in 1865, Major General Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3 in Galveston, Texas, informing the slaves of the Emancipation Proclamation, issued two and a half years earlier by President Abraham Lincoln. Although Juneteenth was informally celebrated each year since 1865, it wasn't until June 3, 1979, that Texas became the first state to proclaim it an official state holiday. Today more than 40 officially recognize … [Read more...]

Collection Spotlight: Works by Civil War Era African American Women

These digitized works were written by and about African American women who lived during the U.S. Civil War and include autobiographies, biographies, children’s books, novels, poetry, speeches and more. The authors and the works are listed below; click the section headers to access links to the online works. Some authors also have related resource links. Autobiographies & BiographiesSarah H. Bradford 1818-1912Harriet, the Moses of Her People 1886 Scenes in the Life of … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: James Madison & Slavery

In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Noah Feldman, a Harvard law professor and the author of the book The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President, discusses the dichotomies between Madison's moral views of slavery and his actions. Delving into the past, he contends, can provide us with lessons in racism for today. The tension between Madison’s aspirational beliefs and his highly constrained actions continues to be America’s own tension. Like Madison, contemporary United … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: Slavery & Compromise

In a Fox News interview with White House chief of staff John Kelly on Oct. 30, 2017, the former marine general said that “the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War”. Kelly's statement set off a firestorm of impassioned responses across traditional and social media about the cause of the Civil War and the history of slavery and compromise prior to this seminal event. Read some of the contemporary articles, review background information about compromises over slavery prior to the … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: Individual Influence

The article, In a Lost Essay, a Glimpse of an Elusive Poet and Slave (The New York Times Sept. 25, 2017), tells the intriguing story of the discovery of a primary source text by Jonathan Senchyne, an assistant professor of book history at the University of Wisconsin. The essay, "Individual Influence" by North Carolina slave and poet George Moses Horton, was found in a scrapbook documenting an 1856 University of North Carolina (UNC) controversy compiled by Henry Harrisse, a 19th-century historian … [Read more...]

NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise Topic Ideas: European History 18-19th Centuries

These curated resource lists coincide with the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise theme sample topics list. The links lead to resources accessed from the Library of Congress (LOC.gov) unless otherwise noted.Selling Souls for Sugar: Slavery and the Sugar IslandsThe West India Atlas: or a Compendious Description of the West Indies: Illustrated with Forty Correct Charts and Maps Taken from Actual Surveys Curator note: This volume was the first comprehensive … [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...]

NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise Topic Ideas: U.S. History Mid-19th Century

These curated resource lists coincide with the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise theme sample topics list. The links lead to resources accessed from the Library of Congress (LOC.gov) unless otherwise noted. Note: U.S. historic newspaper coverage is from 1789-1924 unless otherwise noted.Preventing Conflict: The Compromise of 1850Today in History primary source collectionsCompromise of 1850 Daniel Webster Henry Clay John C. Calhoun Abolition … [Read more...]