October 20, 2019

Featured Source: 1900 Gold Medal flour ad

Review these advertising persuasion techniques. Describe the technique(s) you find present in this 1900 newspaper advertisement for Gold Medal flour that appeared in the New-York Daily Tribune. Review the headlines on this page and scan the articles (online | .pdf). Do you think the audience for the articles is the same audience that Gold Medal flour executives were hoping to reach? Why or why not? Do you think this advertisement was likely to have been successful in 1900? Why or why not? … [Read more...]

Featured Source: The immigrant. Acquisition or detriment?

According to this political cartoon, what were the pros and cons to immigration in 1903? Take a look at this black-and-white version to more clearly read the cartoon's text labels. List each group represented and the cartoon's representation of their views. Investigate historical newspaper articles from 1903 discussing the immigration problem and immigration benefits. List the problems and benefits you uncover. Then compare and contrast the issues raised in the newspaper articles with those … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Twentieth-century transportation

List the different types of transportation that you see. How many instances of each type can you spot in the print? How have these types of transportation changed in the 21st century? What are some new types of transportation? What types of transportation can you imagine there might be in the 22nd century? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Featured Source: condition of the descendants of former African slaves

Why is the information provided in both English and French? The pie graph gives statistics for which group of people? Using the information provided in this text as well as the bibliographic record to determine one or more purposes of this text. What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! More items from this W.E.B. collection Georgia Negro charts created by W.E.B. Du Bois Primary Source Spotlight: W.E.B. Du Bois … [Read more...]

Today in History: Princeton University

Today in History–June 9–the Library of Congress features Princeton University. On this date in 1902, alumnus Woodrow Wilson was unanimously elected university president after more than a decade as a respected teaching scholar. During his tenure, Wilson instituted a system of core requirements followed by two years of specialized concentration. After Princeton, Wilson served one term as governor of New Jersey and two as president of the United States. Learn more about Wilson's career and this … [Read more...]

Today in History: Bell’s Photophone

Today in History–June 3–the Library of Congress features the invention of the photophone on this date in 1880 by Alexander Graham Bell. Although more famously known for the telephone, the photophone transmitted sound on a beam of light. This technology with the precursor to fiber optics which today transmits voice and data communications at the speed of light. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more stories and primary sources related to the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Grover Cleveland

Today in History–June 2–the Library of Congress features President Grover Cleveland, who married Frances Folsom in a White House ceremony on this date in 1886. A lawyer, Cleveland began his political career as mayor of Buffalo, New York, becoming governor of the state the following year and President of the United States just a few years later in 1885. He won the popular vote in the 1888 presidential election but failed to win a majority of the electoral college, thus losing the office to … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Women in Baseball

Use this primary source set of women in baseball to have students examine cultural attitudes of American women from the late 1800s through the 1920s. You might start with having students complete a gallery walk with the images. After, you might have them analyze the song lyrics and read various newspaper articles (be sure to have them read about the newspaper as well; to do so, click on the newspaper name). Next, you might challenge students to put the images in chronological order. Then you … [Read more...]

Today in History: Sutro Baths & Cliff House

Today in History–March 14–the Library of Congress features the official opening of the Sutro Baths on this date in 1896. The Sutro Baths was an extravagant public bathhouse just north of Cliff House, another popular San Francisco attraction also owned by a former city mayor, Adolph Sutro. Learn more about these baths by the sea by visiting the Today in History section, then following the links below. Sutro Baths from America's Library Sutro Baths image set Sutro Baths films Sutro … [Read more...]

Today in History: Alexander Graham Bell

Today in History–March 10–the Library of Congress features Alexander Graham Bell, who made the first successful telephone call to his assistant Thomas Watson on this date in 1876. An audiologist, speech therapist and teacher of the deaf, Bell's knowledge of the nature of sound likely encourage his experimentation. Another Bell invention was a metal detector, that was created to help save President James A, Garfield. Unfortunately, the attempt to locate the assassin's bullet was unsuccessful. … [Read more...]