October 20, 2018

Literature Links: Her Right Foot

Tom Bober (@CaptainLibrary), teacher librarian extraordinaire and former teacher in residence at the Library of Congress, put together a fantastic primary source set to accompany the picture book, Her Right Foot, by Dave Eggers. In a post on Knowledge Quest from the American Association of School Librarians, Tom details a plan for pairing primary source analysis with the book to help students explore how and why the the Statue of Liberty was built and to deepen their understanding of this … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: American Eagle

Our National Bird In Custodia Legis blog November 27, 2015American eagle image setBald eagle image setAmerican eagle sheet musicAmerican eagle march streaming song recordingThe American eagle against the British lion! 1844 broadsideHistorical American newspapers: American eagleContemporary U.S. legislation related to the American eagleFeatured Source: Eagle map of the United States guided primary source analysis activitiesPrimary Source Spotlight: U.S. Symbols … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Liberty Bell

Liberty bell image setLiberty bell sheet musicLiberty bell song recordingsLiberty bell books & other textsHistoric American newspapers: Liberty bell … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Statue of Liberty

Today in History–June 19–the Library of Congress features the Statue of Liberty, which arrived in in New York Harbor on this day in 1885. The 151-foot-tall statue was a gift from France to commemorate the centennial of the American Declaration of Independence. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to this symbol of freedom and democracy. You might also be interested in checking out these statue-related PSN … [Read more...]

Today in History: Uncle Sam & James Montgomery Flagg

Today in History–June 18–the Library of Congress features Uncle Sam illustrator James Montgomery Flagg, born on this day in 1877. In addition to the iconic Uncle Sam, Flagg created dozens of posters supporting the war effort during World War I. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to Flagg and Uncle Sam.Illustrator James Montgomery Flagg Was Born America's LibraryUncle Sam: American Symbol, American … [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...]