November 21, 2019

Timely Connections: Border Spaces Across Time

In a blog post titled, "Comparing Primary Sources Depicting Border Spaces" Library of Congress 2019 Hispanic Division Junior Fellow Jaime Conlan provides insight into using historical and contemporary photographs to serve as an important entryway to discuss difficult issues relevant to the curriculum and, ultimately, to better understand Mexico/U.S. border space. Read the full blog post to access photographs from Library collections and questions to consider when analyzing them. Then take a … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Diagramming the Federal Government

Zoom into a detailed view of this diagram. Read the text and carefully review the data. Create a bulleted list of the information you learned from the diagram. What does the text in the third column say is the purpose of this diagram? Do you think the diagram fulfills this purpose? Why or why not? Based on the information provided in the diagram, what year do you think this diagram was created? Find and list at least three pieces of evidence from the diagram that support your supposition. … [Read more...]

Today in History: War of 1812

Today in History–June 18–the Library of Congress features the War of 1812. On this date in 1812 President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Great Britain. Reasons for the war included frustration with Britain's maritime practices and their support of Native American resistance to western expansion as well as a desire to conquer Canada. The war lingered on past 1812 and in August, 1814, British forces attacked Washington D.C., setting fire to many government buildings … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Has the war ruined the country?

Read the headline and the four lines of text just under the headline. Then look at the footer text at the bottom of this page. Who do you think was the audience for this broadside? Explain the reasoning behind your conclusion. (Hint: If you need help answering this, there is one particular word that you should research.) What can you learn about the evidence referenced in this broadside just by looking at the diagrams? (Don't read the text below the diagrams yet!) Access a larger version … [Read more...]

NHD 2015: Leadership & Legacy Topic Ideas – Beginnings of a New Century

Every year National History Day puts together a list of sample topic ideas. TPS-Barat went through that list and selected a subset of those topic ideas to create curated collections highlighting Library of Congress resources. All topic ideas are related to the 2015 NHD theme: Leadership & Legacy in History but the set below focuses on themes related to the early 20th century. Links to more NHD follow this resource list. Alfred Nobel and the Nobel Prize Historic newspaper coverage: … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Eagle map of the United States

Zoom into this map (online | .pdf). How many states do you see? Describe the differences between this 1833 map and a current map of the United States. What impression of the United States do you get from this map? Explain your reaction. Then use details from the source to explain what might have been the creator's purpose for making this map. Incorporate the American eagle or another U.S. symbol into a current U.S. map that conveys your impression of the country. (You may wish to do some … [Read more...]

Featured Image: The first great Western empire

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Guided Primary Source Analysis: States & Territories in Population

Review the complete document: "Statistical atlas of the United States, based upon the results of the eleventh census" H/T to educator extraordinaire, Cheryl Davis, aka @digitalteacher Which state had the biggest population growth according to this chart? Which region (Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Northwest, Southwest) had the biggest population gains during these 100 years? What other trend(s) can identify from this chart? What other observations, reflections or questions do these … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Nicknames of the States

Which states/territories were not given nicknames? How many states are represented on this? Are there any U.S. states not found on this map? How much would it have cost for you to buy this map in 1884? Why is there an image of one or more pigs on every state? Use these state primary source collections to find out more about one of these states and its nickname. What did you learn? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Robertson’s geographic-historical series

Who do you think is pictured on the cover of this atlas? Why do you think that? How many years does this atlas cover? Review the list of pages below and choose one title to investigate further. Click the image above to access the digital pages. What did you discover about the topic and time period that you chose? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! Pages – click the image above to view all -- [Title sheet] -- The Earth -- … [Read more...]