December 14, 2019

Primary Source Spotlight: Harlem Hellfighters

The Harlem Hellfighters was a German nickname for the African-American 369th Infantry Regiment, which ended up lauded for its valor. The regiment was also famous for its musicians, led by Lieutenant James Reese Europe. Discover more with this collection of secondary and primary sources. Secondary sources Harlem Hell Fighters: African-American Troops in World War I Headlines and Heroes blog February 12, 2019 African-American WWI 'Harlem Hell Fighters' proved their mettle, patriotism in … [Read more...]

Collection Spotlight: All American News

Spanning from 1942-45, All-American news were the first newsreels produced for a black audience and were originally intended to encourage black Americans to participate in, and support the war effort, as well as to reflect an African-American perspective on world and national events. 1942 All-American news [1942-08]: includes segments about a Baltimore merchant marine who survived when his ship was sunk and the Navy's Great Lakes Band. 1944 All American news III [1944-03]: includes … [Read more...]

Integrating Tech: Let’s Recap & Primary Source Analysis

This is a guest post from veteran teacher Heather Klos, an 8th grade U.S. history teacher and the Social Studies department chair at Crownover Middle School in Corinth, Texas. Primary sources are one of the most valuable tools we have as social studies teachers.  What better way to incorporate primary sources for the 21st century learner than through the use of technology.  This year I discovered Recap and realized quickly that this could be a powerful tool in the analysis process for my … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Film & Video

Film & video collections America at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures 1894-1915 American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment 1870-1920 Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire: Early Films of San Francisco 1897-1916 Buckaroos in Paradise: Ranching Culture in Northern Nevada 1945-1982 The Carnegie Hall Collection of Conversations with Composers Civil Rights History Project Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant and Hymnody The Danny Kaye and … [Read more...]

Today in History: Skyscrapers

Today in History–November 8–the Library of Congress features architect skyscrapers. On this day in 1906, cameraman Fred A. Dobson began filming The Skyscrapers of New York atop an uncompleted skyscraper at Broadway and 12th Street. To learn more about how engineering and architectural innovations in the mid-to-late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries transformed the skylines of American cities, visit the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources … [Read more...]

Today in History: United Nations

Today in History–October 24–the Library of Congress features the United Nations. On this day in 1945 the U.N. charter was ratified. Derived from the 1942 Declaration by United Nations—26 nations pledged to continue fighting against the Axis powers (Germany, Italy, and Japan) in World War II—the final U.N. charter was signed by 51 member countries. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more United Nations primary sources and resources. United … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Video Recordings

Video is used to tell stories and provide information. Because we live in a world increasingly dominated by video, it is critical that we teach students how to analyze this powerful primary source that combines moving images with sound and, sometimes, text. In addition to dramatic or documentary films, primary source video recordings include news reports, interviews, press conferences, testimonies, advertisements, entertainment broadcasts, and more. The analysis of video recordings, like primary … [Read more...]

Today in History: Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.

Today in History–March 21–the Library of Congress features showman Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., born on this day in 1869 (or, possibly, 1867). Learn more about this entertainment impresario who produced the Ziegfeld Follies by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources related to Ziegfeld and the theater. Ziegfeld images Florenz Ziegfeld historical newspaper coverage Ziegfeld Follies historical newspaper coverage Ziegfeld Follies songs … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: I Have a Dream Image Sequencing

On August 28, 1963 a march organized by supporters of stronger civil rights legislation drew more than 250,000 people to Washington, D.C. Encouraged and inspired, Martin Luther King, Jr. strayed from the short speech he had prepared and delivered instead his famous extemporaneous I Have a Dream speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Primary sources can help students better understand the power and significance of this historic speech.  In addition to having students complete an image … [Read more...]

Today in History: The U.S. Naval Academy & the Navy

Today in History–October 10–the Library of Congress features the United States Naval Academy, which began its first term on this day in 1845.  Learn more about the naval academy and the U.S. navy in the Today in History section then click the links below to access more navy-related primary sources. Naval Academy primary source set Naval Academy historical newspaper coverage Selected naval images (Pictorial Americana) Navy images Navy films & video interviews Navy songs and … [Read more...]