August 8, 2022

Primary Source Spotlight: Constance Baker Motley

Constance Baker Motley image set James Meredith and NAACP lawyers Constance Baker Motley and Jack Greenberg photo Founding of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund memorandum from Thurgood Marshall Constance Baker Motley historical newspaper coverage NAACP lawyer Constance Baker Motley discusses her surprise at crowds at the March on Washington video Our Guest Speaker: Constance Baker Motley event program Supreme Court cases argued by Constance Baker Motley (9/10 success … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Black Women Achievements Against the Odds

Look closely at this source and respond to the questions below. Where is your eye drawn to first? Next? After? What do you notice about the source's design? What, in particular, stands out to you? Why do you think this source was created? How do you know? (Be sure to point to evidence from the source that supports your conclusion.) Take two minutes to make a list of names that you recognize and one fact about each. Pair up with another student and take one minute to share what you … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Skiing

Downhill skiing, cross-country or Nordic skiing, ski jumping, and even water skiing—peer into the past and look to the future with these fun primary sources! Skiing image set Snow skiing image set Cross-country skiing images Ski area maps 20th-century historical newspaper coverage of skiing How to ski and how not to 1914 book More books about skiing U.S. legislation related to skiing Women of Winter Sports: The First U.S. Olympic Ski Medalists Headlines & … [Read more...]

Collections Spotlight: Joy Harjo

On June 19, 2019, Joy Harjo was appointed the 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. On making the appointment, Dr. Hayden said: Joy Harjo has championed the art of poetry—‘soul talk’ as she calls it—for over four decades. To her, poems are ‘carriers of dreams, knowledge and wisdom,’ and through them she tells an American story of tradition and loss, reckoning and myth-making. Her work powerfully connects us to the earth and the spiritual world with … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker image set Madam C.J. Walker advertisements & historical newspaper coverage Modern-day legislation commemorating Madam C.J. Walker Blog posts & articles Madam C.J. Walker Headlines & Heroes May 29, 2020 The Beauty Entrepreneur Inside Adams March 6, 2020 From Rags to Riches: Author Reviews Life of Madam C.J. Walker Library of Congress Information Bulletin, Vol. 60, No. 5, May 2001 How Business Executive Madam C. J. Walker Became a Powerful … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Carrie Chapman Catt

Carrie Chapman Catt Papers Woman's Suffrage by Constitutional Amendment compiled by Carrie Chapman Catt Carrie Chapman Catt mentions in the Leslie Woman Suffrage Commission report Carrie Chapman Catt's Winning Plan National American Woman Suffrage Association. Headquarters News Letter, vol. 2, no. 8, August 15, 1916 More printed ephemera related to Carrie Chapman Catt Carrie Chapman Catt: Topics in Chronicling America More historical newspaper coverage of Carrie Chapman … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: Voices for Suffrage

Voices for Suffrage, part of the Congress, Civic Participation, and Primary Sources Project supported by a grant from the Library of Congress, is an interactive web application for students in grades 7-12 that promotes primary source analysis, reading comprehension, and supporting inferences with evidence. This web-based learning application contains over 700 primary sources from the Library and other digital archives and includes a research section, interactive timeline detailing the story of … [Read more...]

Today in History: Belva Lockwood

Today in History—November 30—the In Custodia Legis blog features lawyer Belva Lockwood, the became the first woman to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court on this day in 1880. In that case—Kaiser v. Stickney—she represented a local property owner in a debt dispute. Although Lockwood lost this case, she returned to the Supreme Court in 1906, at the age of 76, representing the Eastern and Emigrant Cherokees in the United States v. Cherokee Nation. This time her arguments prevailed and the Court … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: LOC.gov Teacher-Created Lesson Plans

The Teacher's section on LOC.gov features close to 100 teacher-created lesson plans. As you can see from the image above, lesson plans are listed in alphabetical order and there is a handy search bar to help you easily conduct a keyword search. Use the links below to jump to select groupings of the LOC.gov lesson plans and related PSN teaching resources. All lesson plans Lesson plans by grade level Elementary: Grades 3-5 Middle School: Grades 6-8 High school: Grades … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Patsy Mink

Patsy Mink online exhibition Patsy Mink image set Select primary sources from the Patsy T. Mink Papers Title IX sources from the Patsy Mink Papers Legislation Sponsored or Cosponsored by Patsy T. Mink Patsy Mink Remarks in the Congressional Record Legislation created in celebration and in memory of Patsy Mink Patsy Mink obituaries Patsy Takemoto Mink: First Woman of Color in Congress event video recording Patsy Mink biography U.S. House History, Art & … [Read more...]