August 23, 2019

Today in History: George M. Cohan

Today in History–July 3–the Library of Congress features theater maestro George M. Cohan, born on this date in 1878. The multitalented Cohan was a playwright, songwriter, dancer, actor, theater owner, and producer. He also was awarded the Congressional medal of honor for his World War I song "Over There". Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access numerous primary sources. George M. Cohan Was Born from America's Library "Over There" sheet … [Read more...]

Today in History: James Weldon Johnson

Today in History–June 17–the Library of Congress features James Weldon Johnson, born on this day in 1871. Johnson went on to become a poet, songwriter, diplomat, and chief organizer for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Find out more about this multi-talented man by visiting the Today in History section and then clicking the links below. Song recordings lyrics by James Weldon Johnson Sheet music lyrics by James Weldon Johnson James Weldon Johnson image … [Read more...]