December 16, 2018

Primary Source Spotlight: John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa biographyJohn Philip Sousa timelineJohn Philip Sousa and the Culture of Reassurance articleThe Sousa March: A Personal View articleThe March King: John Philip Sousa collection itemsSousa’s Birthday NLS Music Notes blog November 13, 2014Stars and Stripes Forever … Literally Library of Congress blog July 3, 2012John Philip Sousa sheet musicJohn Philip Sousa song recordingsJohn Philip Sousa historical newspaper coverage … [Read more...]

Today in History: General John J. Pershing

Today in History–July 15–the Library of Congress features General John J. Pershing, who died on this date in 1948. Pershing received a hero's burial at Arlington National Cemetery, a fitting tribute to the only military leader since George Washington to earn the title General of the Armies of the United States. Find out more about this officer who led troops from the cavalry to World War I by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related … [Read more...]

Today in History: Saint-Mihiel Offensive

Today in History–September 12–the Library of Congress features the Saint-Mihiel offensive, launched in France on this day in 1918. The offensive liberated a strategic area that Germany had held for four years. Just two months later, World War I ended with the signing of the Armistice on November 11, 1918. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more related primary sources.St. Mihiel imagesMap showing position of German Army geologic … [Read more...]

Today in History: Flag Day

Today in History–June 14–the Library of Congress features Flag Day, which celebrates the adoption of the first design of the United States flag by the Continental Congress on this date in 1777. Did you know that there have been 27 official versions of the flag? Get more fascinating flag facts by visiting the Today in History section (see the April 13 entry on the Grand Old Flag as well), then follow the links below to access flag-related primary sources and teaching resources.Flag Day image … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: World War I Teaching Resources

The Teaching with Library of Congress blog provides some great primary source teaching ideas related to supporting the troops, focusing in on wartime clothing drives. Be sure to check out these World War I clothing-related posters. There are also lots more teaching resources to draw from.American Memory Timeline: U.S. Participation in the Great War (background & primary source analysis activities)Primary Source Learning: Personal Perspectives of World War I (primary source activities … [Read more...]