December 15, 2019

Today in History: Cowboys & Fall Roundup Time

Today in History–October 7–the Library of Congress features cowboys, or buckaroos, and fall roundup time. On this day in 1979 the Ninety-Six Ranch in Nevada completed its fall roundup and trail drive. Learn more about this roundup in the Today in History section then click the links below to access all sorts of cowboy stories and primary sources. Cowboy stories Buckaroos Nevada’s Buckaroos Cowboy poetry Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Medora Cheyenne Frontier Days Montana … [Read more...]

Today in History: Rock Springs Massacre

Today in History–September 2–the Library of Congress features the Rock Springs massacre, which happened on this day in 1885 when a mob of white coal miners attacked their Chinese co-workers after they refused to participate in a strike for higher wages planned by the American miners. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section then click the links below to access more primary sources about China and people of Chinese immigrants to America. Rock Springs massacre overview Rock … [Read more...]

Today in History: Edison Gets Kinetographic Camera Patent

Today in History–August 31–the Library of Congress features the awarding of a federal patent for a kinetographic camera—the forerunner to the motion picture film projector—to Thomas A. Edison on this date in 1897. Find out more by reading the Today in History section and accessing the resources below. Edison's kinetographic films and parlors Kinetograph historical newspaper coverage Inventing Entertainment: the Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies More Thomas … [Read more...]

Today in History: Calvin Coolidge

Today in History–August 3–the Library of Congress features Calvin Coolidge, sworn into office as President of the United States on this day in 1923 after the unexpected death of Warren Harding. During his six years as prosperity, Coolidge focused on business and the consumer economy grew rapidly. To learn more about Calvin Coolidge and the Coolidge era, visit the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more resources and primary sources. Calvin Coolidge Becomes … [Read more...]

Today in History: The “Bonus Army”

Today in History–July 28–the Library of Congress features the "Bonus Army" or "Bonus Expeditionary Forces (B.E.F.)", some 15-20,000 World War I veterans who  camped out in the nation's capital to request early payment of cash bonuses not payable to them until 1945. On July 28, 1932 the protestors were met by Major George S. Patton and federal troops—cavalry, machine-gunners, and infantry—under the direction of General Douglas MacArthur on President Herbert Hoover's orders. Riots broke out but … [Read more...]

Today in History: Owen Wister & Cowboy Culture

Home on the Range (.mp3) Today in History–July 14–the Library of Congress features novelist Owen Wister, born on this day in 1860, whose 1902 novel The Virginian helped create the myth of the American cowboy. Click on the image above to zoom into key scenes from the novel highlighted on this literary map, then visit the Today in History section to learn more about cowboy culture. Still pining for more? Click the links below to access loads of cowyboy-related stories and primary … [Read more...]