September 26, 2018

Today in History: Haiti

Today in History–January 2–the Library of Congress features Haiti. On this date in 1893 Frederick Douglass, who once served as U.S. minister to this caribbean country, delivered an address at the dedication of the Haitian Pavilion at the World’s Columbian Exposition. Learn more Douglass' speech and the country by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary and secondary sources.Lecture on Haiti, Frederick Douglass, January 2, 1893Frederick … [Read more...]

NHD 2017: Taking a Stand – World History Topic Ideas Part II

These curated resource lists coincide with the order of the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2017 theme sample topics list. The links lead to resources accessed from the Library of Congress (LOC.gov) unless otherwise noted. Note: U.S. historic newspaper coverage is from 1789-1922 unless otherwise noted.Simón Bolívar and Venezuela’s Stand Against Spanish RuleSimón Bolívar historic newspaper coverage Venezuela country studyWar Crimes Tribunals: Taking a Stand Against GenocideDeng … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: World Digital Library

Overview The World Digital Library (WDL) provides access to multilingual primary sources from around the world. It's mission is to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding by highlighting the stories and achievements of all countries and cultures. WDL "is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, carried out with the support of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, … [Read more...]

Today in History: Japan

Today in History–July 29–the Library of Congress features the country of Japan. On this date in 1858, the United States and Japan signed the Treaty of Amity and Commerce (the Harris Treaty), which helped establish diplomatic ties between the two countries. Find out more about early U.S.-Japanese relations and Townsend Harris, the man who negotiated the treaty, by visiting the Today in History section. Then, follow the links below to access more resources and primary sources related to this … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Cuba

Cuba Country StudyCuba primary source set from the American Memory collectionsCuba primary source set from the World Digital LibraryCuba mapsCuba image setCuba films & webcastsCuba sheet musicCuba/Cuban songs & oral historiesForeign Affairs oral histories: Cuban missile crisisVeteran oral histories service location: CubaCuba books & other textsSelect newspaper articles about CubaMore Cuba newspaper coverageThe Cuban rafter … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: China

China country profileChina country study (history, culture, industry, and more)China primary sources from the World Digital LibraryChina mapsChina books & other texts (1500-1929)China: historical U.S. newspaper coverageChina / Chinese: song recordings & oral historiesChina / Chinese: sheet musicChina: U.S. veteran's storiesChina / Chinese films & webcastsImages of ChinaImages of ChineseChinese flutes (artifact images)U.S. … [Read more...]

Today in History: Nicaragua

Today in History–January 2–the Library of Congress features the central American country of Nicaragua. On this date in 1933 the United States Marine Corps withdrew from Nicaragua after maintaining a presence there for more than 20 years. Learn some more about this U.S.-Nicaraguan connection by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary sources.Nicaragua country study (history, culture, industry, and more)Nicaragua country profile … [Read more...]

Today in History: Burma / Myanmar

Today in History–January 4–the Library of Congress features Burma (Myanmar), which gained independence on this date in 1948. Learn some more about this Asian country by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary sources.Burma (Myanmar) mapsContemporary U.S. legislation related to Burma (Myanmar)Burma (Myanmar) booksBurma historical newspaper coverageBurma (Myanmar) historical imagesMyanmar primary source set from the World … [Read more...]

Today in History: Panama Canal

Today in History–September 7–the Library of Congress features the Panama Canal. On this date in 1977 U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian Chief of Government Omar Torrijos signed the Panama Canal Treaty and Neutrality Treaty, which officially authorized the transfer of the canal's authority from the United States to the Panama Canal Authority on December 31, 1999. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section and reviewing the Panama Canal timeline below. Then click the links … [Read more...]

Today in History: Siam / Thailand

performed by the American QuartetToday in History–June 24–the Library of Congress features Siam, now Thailand. On this day in 1932 a coup brought 700 years of absolute rule under a series of Siamese kings to an end. Visit the Today in History section to get more historical tidbits about the history of the monarchy and the World's Transportation Commission, which visited in 1898 to explore possibilities of promoting American trade. Then follow the links below to access more Thailand … [Read more...]