December 15, 2019

Primary Source Spotlight: Hispanic Heritage

Lesson Plans & Activity Ideas Learning from the Source: Cesar Chavez & Good Citizenship Learning from the Source: Media & Migrant Laborers Perspectives Hispanic Exploration in America primary source set & teacher guide Mexican American Migrations and Communities primary source set & teacher guide Collection Connections: Spain, the United States and the American Frontier Collection Connections: Puerto Rico at the Dawn of the Modern Age Collection … [Read more...]

Today in History: New Mexico

Today in History–September 21–the Library of Congress features New Mexico. On this day in 1595, Don Juan de Oñate's petition and contract for the conquest of New Mexico was presented to Luís de Velasco, the viceroy of Nueva Vizcaya. The petition was ultimately granted and Oñate's expedition set out in 1598. A brutal leader, Oñate was later stripped of his position, fined, and banned in perpetuity from New Mexico. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below … [Read more...]

Today in History: Christopher Columbus

Today in History–August 3–the Library of Congress features Christopher Columbus, who set sail for what would later be known as the new world on this day in 1492. Columbus had the most modern maritime tools on his ship, including a mariner's compass, an astrolabe, a cross-staff, and a quadrant and, quite possibly, the popular mariner map Ptolemy's Geography or Cosmography. A little more than three months later he set foot on the Bahamian island of Guanahaní (San Salvador). Find out more by … [Read more...]

Today in History: Spanish-American War

Today in History–April 25–the Library of Congress features the Spanish-American War, declared on this date in 1898. Learn more about this short, decisive war by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to learn even more from primary sources. The World of 1898: The Spanish-American War Spanish-American War primary source set, includes teacher guide The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures Spanish-American War maps The West Point Atlas of American Wars … [Read more...]

Today in History: U.S.S. Maine Sunk

Today in History–February 15–the Library of Congress features the Spanish-American War, sparked on this date in 1898 when an explosion sank the battleship U.S.S. Maine in the Havana, Cuba harbor, killing 266 of the 354 crew members. Two months later, President William McKinley announced a state of war with Spain on April 25, 1898. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to learn even more from primary sources. U.S.S. Maine images Panoramic images of … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Prairie Dog Sickened at the Sting of the Hornet

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Today in History: El Grito de Dolores – Mexican Independence Day

Today in History–September 16–the Library of Congress features El Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores), first heard on this day in 1810 when Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla urged the largely Indian and mestizo congregation of his small Dolores parish church to fight for Mexico's independence from Spain. Today, September 16, is celebrated as Mexican Independence Day. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more resources relating to Mexican … [Read more...]

Today in History: Guantánamo Bay

Today in History–June 10–the Library of Congress features Guantánamo Bay. On this day in 1898, U.S. Marines landed at Guantánamo Bay. For the next month, American troops fought a land war in Cuba that resulted in the end of Spanish colonial rule in the Western Hemisphere. Get more historical information by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary sources. What can you learn from comparing images across the centuries? U.S. Marines landed at … [Read more...]