December 5, 2019

Primary Source Spotlight: Emmeline Pankhurst

From the Library of Congress: Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928) was the unchallenged leader of the direct action wing of the British suffrage movement. She had, followers claimed, "invented most of the ingenious and daring devices of the "Militant Suffragette' which have stirred up so much discussion throughout the civilized world." Primary sources Emmeline Pankhurst image set Emmeline Pankhurst news clippings and other texts More Emmeline Pankhurst texts Emmeline Pankhurst U.S. … [Read more...]

Collection Spotlight: Women’s Suffrage in Sheet Music 

Music has long had a powerful connection to social and political movements. The Women's Suffrage in Sheet Music collection spans the years 1838-1923 and includes over 200 pieces of sheet music written by notable composers and everyday citizens and representing the views of both suffragists and anti-suffragists. Collection items Essays Music in the Women's Suffrage Movement Highlighted Sheet Music Selections Learning integration resources Singing for Women's … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Voting Rights Act of 1965

Online exhibition items & curator notes Voting Rights Act of 1965 African American Odyssey Voting Rights Act of 1965 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Voting Rights Act of 1965 NAACP: A Century in the Fight for Freedom Voting rights political cartoons by Herb Block Don’t Be Getting Any Ideas That You Have a Right to Vote March 11,1965 Commemorating the Action at Montgomery, Alabama March 18, 1965 Literacy Test March 17, 1965 Say, This Is Okay—A Majority of Us That Can … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: For the People Act

H.R.1 - For the People Act of 2019 was introduced into the House of Representatives on January 3, 2019 by Rep. John P. Sarbanes, [D-MD-3] and has well over 200 Democrat co-sponsors. INVESTIGATE Scan the legislation and consider the questions below. What main sections are contained in the text of H.R.1 - For the People Act of 2019? What actions have been taken on the legislation? What committees are reviewing the legislation? Which aspects of the legislation are under the … [Read more...]

NHD 2016: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange Topic Ideas Part III

These curated resource lists coincide with the order of the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2016 theme sample topics list. Note: historic newspaper coverage is from 1836-1922. Nelson Mandela’s Encounters with Apartheid Nelson Mandela primary source set The Inspiring Story of Nelson Mandela In Custodia Legis blog July 18, 2011 Nelson Mandela Day – July 18  In Custodia Legis blog July 18, 2013 The Death of Nelson Mandela December 5, 2013 Library of Congress Places in the News Nelson … [Read more...]

Teaching Now: Going Gaga Over Suffrage

This is a guest post from veteran educator Carrie Veatch, who has a special interest in inquiry learning and primary sources and is a member of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Mentor Advisory Group. While studying the women’s suffrage movement I decided to mix Library of Congress primary sources with pop culture to capture my students’ attention and lead them on a creative exercise in inquiry, I have to admit, after seeing Soomo Publishing’s parody video production of We … [Read more...]

Today in History: Indian Citizenship Act

Today in History–June 2–the Library of Congress features the Indian Citizenship Act, enacted on this date in 1924. The act finally granted official U.S. citizenship to to all Native Americans born in the U.S. But because voting rights were governed by state law, some Native American citizens were barred from voting in political elections until 1957. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more stories and primary sources related to Indian, or … [Read more...]

Literature Links: Predicting & Inferring About Woman Suffrage

This lesson uses the Predict and Infer strategy; both the lesson and the strategy were created by elementary teacher and adjunct university instructor Kimberly Heckart, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Focus Question What did women do to get the right to vote? Content Goal Students build background knowledge of what it was like to be a suffragist and discover how women persistently fought for over 100 years until they were granted the right to vote. Primary Sources Susan B. … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: The constitutional amendment

What emotion does this poster tap into? Why do you think that? Who is the audience for this primary source? How do you know? Do  you think this poster was effective with its target audience? Why or why not? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Signing the declaration of their independence

Compare and contrast the illustration above with this well-known print. What similarities do you notice? What differences do you see? This illustration is actually a political cartoon. What do you think the purpose of the creator might have been? Now read the bibliographic record for this political cartoon as well as the source record for the comparison print. Do you think this source is a good argument for or against supporting woman suffrage, or the right of women to vote? Why or why … [Read more...]