September 23, 2019

Today in History: Indiana

Today in History–February 25–the Library of Congress features the British surrender of Fort Sackville at Vincennes, Indiana on this date in 1779. Despite a 1763 prohibition against western settlement, colonists continued to travel to Indiana and other areas west of the Appalachians. Learn more about the defense of Fort Sackville by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to thousands of primary sources related to the state of Indiana. Indiana stories from America’s … [Read more...]

Today in History: Columbus, Georgia

Today in History–February 19–the Library of Congress features Columbus, Georgia. On this date in 1917, future literary star Carson McCullers was born. Learn more about the city that influenced author Carson McCullers writing by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to thousands of primary sources related to the city of Columbus and the state of Georgia. Columbus maps Columbus books & articles Columbus images Columbus legislation Georgia primary … [Read more...]

Today in History: Wyoming

Today in History–December 10–the Library of Congress features Wyoming, which granted women the right to vote on this day in 1869 while still a U.S. territory. Three months later the first women jurors reported for duty in Laramie, attracting international attention. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to learn more about the culture and history of this trailblazing state full of natural beauty and resources. Wyoming stories from America’s … [Read more...]

Today in History: Illinois

Today in History—December 3—the Library of Congress features Illinois, which entered the Union as the 21st state on this day in 1818. Illinois is an Algonquin word meaning "tribe of superior men"; today the state is referred to as the Land of Lincoln and is one of the most populous of all the United States. Learn more about this midwestern hub by visiting the Today in History section, then gather more insights by delving into thousands of Illinois primary sources. Illinois stories from … [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 Library North Dakota primary source set North Dakota maps North Dakota books, reports & other texts North Dakota historical … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Mississippi

The September 25, 2012 Today in History post featured William Faulkner, creator of the fictional Yoknapatawpha County which was based upon and inspired by Lafayette County, Mississippi. Find out all about the real state of Mississippi through a review of thousands of primary sources available online from the Library of Congress. Mississippi stories from America’s Library Mississippi primary source set Mississippi image set from American … [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: Delaware

Today in History–August 24–the Library of Congress features Delaware, the territory of which was deeded to William Penn by order of the Duke of York on this day in 1682. Penn wanted the territory to insure ocean access to the state he founded, Pennsylvania. It would take more than a century for this carved out section of land to become a state. Learn more about Delaware by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary sources. Delaware stories from … [Read more...]

Today in History: Oregon

Today in History–August 14–the Library of Congress features Oregon, which Congress named a territory on this day in 1848. The territory was massive, encompassing present-day Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and parts of western Montana and Wyoming. The smaller state of Oregon joined the union in 1859. Learn more about Oregon by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary sources. Oregon stories from America’s Library Bungled Borders in the Pacific … [Read more...]

Today in History: Vermont

Today in History–July 9–the Library of Congress features Vermont, which revised its constitution on this day in 1793 and became the first state to prohibit slavery. Learn more about the "Green Mountain" state known for its independent-minded citizens by visiting the Today in History section, then following the links below to access more primary sources. Vermont stories from America’s Library Vermont primary source set Vermont images "Visitin' 'round at Coolidge Corners" (film from … [Read more...]