November 18, 2020

Primary Source Learning: What Are Primary Sources?

This definition from the Library of Congress provides a basic answer to the question above. “'Primary sources' are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects which were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience." To learn more, take a look at the videos below from the Library and the Minnesota Historical Society, a TPS Consortium partner. Then, dig deeper … [Read more...]

Literature Links: 2020 National Book Festival

Overview The 2020 National Book Festival ran from September 25-27 and featured a combination of prerecorded and interactive live Q&A programs with more than 120 authors, poets and illustrators. For a complete line-up of authors and their video presentations, please see the full video on demand list. Highlights from Children’s and Teen Stages at Virtual National Book Festival 2020 Minerva’s Kaleidoscope blog October 2, 2020 Democracy in the 21st Century Democracies around the world are … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: John Lewis

John Lewis image set Summit Conference on Civil Rights John Lewis videos & webcasts Speech At The March On Washington August 28, 1963 Voices of Democracy Oral History Interview with John Lewis Documenting the American South John Lewis mentions in the Civil Rights History Project oral history videos Legislation Sponsored or Cosponsored by John Lewis 1987-2020 John Lewis Remarks in the Congressional Record Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation by John Lewis … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey black-and-white portrait & brief bio Chris Wallace interviews Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Natasha Trethewey photo Natasha Trethewey bio & select poems Poetry foundation Domestic Work, 1937 by Natasha Trethewey Videos Inaugural Reading of Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey 2012 Natasha Trethewey Presents Final Lecture as Poet Laureate 2014 Conversation with Rosanne Cash & Natasha Trethewey Poetry of Place: 2019 National Book Festival … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Ukraine

Ukraine primary source set World Digital Library Ukraine maps Ukraine image set Books & articles about Ukraine Final Report - Ukrainian, Chicago Ethnic Arts Project Films & webcasts related to Ukraine U.S. veteran oral histories (service in Ukraine) Oral histories mentioning Ukraine from the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training Ukrainian audio recordings U.S. historical newspaper coverage of … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Iraq

Iraq country study Iraq country profile Iraq country profile BBC Iraq timeline BBC Places in the News: Iraq April 2003 June 2007 January 2008 June 2011 September 2012 November 2013 April 2014 June 2014 Iraq primary source set World Digital Library Iraq maps Iraq image set Books & articles about Iraq Films & webcasts related to Iraq U.S. veteran oral histories (service in Iraq, mainly World War II) Oral histories mentioning … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: Fresh Perspectives from Female Poets

In an article for Edutopia, middle school educator Kasey Short provides suggestions and tips for "Studying Female Poets to Understand History". After reading this thoughtful article, help your students get some fresh female perspectives of both history and contemporary life with these poetry-related resources. Curator’s Picks: American Women Poets Library of Congress Blog March 26, 2015 Anne Bradstreet, Colonial Poet Poetry by Civil War Era African American Women Are women people? : … [Read more...]

NHD 2019: U.S. History 20th Century Post WWII

The Tragedy of McCarthyism Marshall [George C.] and McCarthyism from America's Library Red Scare - Pointing Their Pens: Herblock and Fellow Cartoonists Confront the Issues More cartoons about Joseph McCarthy and McCarthyism from Herblock's History exhibition More cartoons about Joseph McCarthy and McCarthyism from Herblock! exhibition Creating Cartoons: Art and Controversy Library of Congress Blog June 2, 2015 A Climate of Fear - Hope for America: Performers, Politics and Pop … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: We Shall Overcome

Students will analyze historical and contemporary primary sources to examine how citizens persevered to overcome injustice and affect change during the 1960s civil rights era and consider the lessons the first March to Selma in 1965 provides for us today. Enduring understanding: Time, place, and culture influence our perspectives on people and issues. Essential question: How can we strive to overcome injustice? Lesson materials We Shall Overcome sheet music (curator note) … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Billy Collins

Billy Collins served as the U.S. Poet Laureate from 2001-2003 and then as New York State Poet Laureate from 2004-2006. Collins is the author of 11 books of poetry and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2016. Integrating Tech: Poetry 180 a project of U.S. U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins Video Poetry 180: Bookfest 02 Poet Laureate Billy Collins Reads his Poems Everyday Moments Caught in Time Ted2012 2014 Book Festival Video (Poetry) 2014 Book … [Read more...]