November 16, 2018

Today in History: Juneteenth

Today in History–June 19–TPS-Barat features Juneteenth. On this date in 1865, Major General Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3 in Galveston, Texas, informing the slaves of the Emancipation Proclamation, issued two and a half years earlier by President Abraham Lincoln. Although Juneteenth was informally celebrated each year since 1865, it wasn't until June 3, 1979, that Texas became the first state to proclaim it an official state holiday. Today more than 40 officially recognize … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Race Riots

Wilmington, North Carolina 1898 race riot1898 newspaper coverageNew York City 1900 race riotsAugust, 1900: select newspaper articles more 1900 newspaper coverageAtlanta, Georgia 1906 race riot1906 newspaper coverage E. W. Evans oral history transcript Atlanta riot recollections Letter from Francis Jackson Garrison to Booker T. Washington concerning the Atlanta Riot October 7, 1906 Mary White Ovington covered the Atlanta riot Journalist Ray Stannard Baker … [Read more...]

Today in History: George H.W. Bush

Today in History–January 6–the Library of Congress features George Herbert Walker Bush who married Barbara Pierce on this date in 1945 while on leave from active U.S. navy duty in World War II. Bush entered politics after a career in the Texas oil industry. He served in the House of Representatives in the 1960s and in the 1970s his political appointments included U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in China, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. … [Read more...]

Featured Source: At school

What are the children doing in this photo? Be specific and use details from the image to support your conclusions.Compare and contrast this classroom with yours. What are the similarities and differences?Look at this image of where the children gather before school. How do you think this program compares to today's extended school day programs?What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Featured Source: El Paso Herald August 12, 1914

Zoom into this newspaper (online | .pdf).What is the most important topic on this page? What details support your conclusion?There is a question in the newspaper's nameplate, or top, section. What is the question and what do you think is the answer to the question? What details support your answer?Use clues from the news to figure out which state El Paso is in. What information about El Paso do you learn about from this front page?What other observations, reflections or questions … [Read more...]

Today in History: Texas Annexation

Today in History–June 23–the Library of Congress features the vote for annexation of Texas by the United States on this date in 1845. Texas had tried for statehood back in 1836 after gaining independence from Mexico but the U.S. Congress was unwilling to admit another state that permitted slavery. But by December 29, 1845, Texas became the twenty-eighth state in the Union. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary resources about the … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Texas

Texas stories from America’s LibraryTexas primary source setTexas mapsPictorial Americana: selected images of TexasMore Texas imagesTexas historical filmsTexas sheet musicSongs & oral histories related to TexasTexas veterans oral historiesTexas personal narratives from the American Folklife CenterTexas Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' ProjectTexas stories: Voices From the Days of SlaveryTexas books & other … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Houston, Santa Anna, and Cos

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Today in History: Remembering the Alamo

Today in History–March 6–the Library of Congress remembers the Alamo, which was recaptured by Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna on this day in 1836. An estimated 1,000 to 1,600 Mexican soldiers died in the the 13-day siege and all 189 Texan defenders officially listed were killed. Learn more about the that spurred Texas forces to gain independence from Mexico a short time later by visiting the Today in History section. For more related primary sources, click the links below.Alamo … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Galveston Storm

Today in History–September 8–the Library of Congress features the Galveston storm of 1900, which made landfall on this day and, according to the National Weather Service was the deadliest cyclone in U.S. history, responsible for the deaths of at least 8,000 people. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to the 1900 Galveston hurricane and Galveston in general, as well as other digital hurricane resources from … [Read more...]