October 1, 2022

Primary Source Spotlight: World War I Hello Girls

Hello Girls: Topics in Chronicling America timeline and select newspaper articles Hello Girls articles from The Stars and Stripes Hello Girls Here in Real Army Duds March 29, 1918 Six Hello Girls Help First Army October 4, 1918 Doodlebug Call Brings Speedy Reply on Rhine June 13, 1919 Hello Girls articles from New York newspapers More Hello Girls historical newspaper coverage Back our girls over there United War Work Campaign poster Hello Girls Congressional Gold Medal … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: Immigrant Soldiers

The United States is a nation of immigrants, many of whom have served the country in times of need. Below you will find links to news articles about immigrant soldiers, historical background resources, and related primary sources and teaching resources. How does studying sources from the past inform your understanding of the contemporary debate surrounding immigrants in the U.S. armed forces? Congressional Activity The Impact of Current Immigration Policies on Service Members and … [Read more...]

Today in History: T.E. Lawrence

Today in History–May 19–TPS-Barat features Thomas Edward (T.E.) Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, who died in England on this date in 1935. An archaeological scholar from Oxford, Lawrence enlisted in World War I and was sent to the middle east because of his familiarity with the region. One newspaper proclaimed him to be the liberator of Arabia but the story may be more complicated. Click the links below to discover more. Thomas Edward Lawrence images Meetings of British, Arab, … [Read more...]

Featured Source: A Few of the Things for Which We Are Thankful, Also Unthankful

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Featured Source: Happy New Year 1915

The Seattle Star. (Seattle, Wash.), 01 Jan. 1915. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. … [Read more...]

Today in History: Veterans Day

Today in History–November 11–the Library of Congress features Veterans Day, first celebrated as Armistice Day on this date in 1919. Designated by President Woodrow Wilson on the date the Allied powers signed a ceasefire agreement with Germany, Armistice Day was designated Veterans Day in 1954 to honor veterans of all U.S. wars. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section and then clicking the links below to learn more about this celebration of veterans and from the experiences of those … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Spiro Agnew parody

What do you think the artist is trying to tell you through this poster? What details support your conclusion? Find out more about Spiro Agnew. Read the following curator notes: Anything Goes: Caricature Since the 1960s: Edward Sorel, Author and Caricaturist. What three reasons are given for the resurgence of caricature in the mid-1960s? What more did you learn about the art of caricature from the notes? The title of the featured poster mentions that it is a parody. Explain why you think or … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: El Paso Herald August 12, 1914

Zoom into this newspaper (online | .pdf). What is the most important topic on this page? What details support your conclusion? There is a question in the newspaper's nameplate, or top, section. What is the question and what do you think is the answer to the question? What details support your answer? What information about El Paso do you learn about from this front page? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Today in History: General John J. Pershing

Today in History–July 15–the Library of Congress features General John J. Pershing, who died on this date in 1948. Pershing received a hero's burial at Arlington National Cemetery, a fitting tribute to the only military leader since George Washington to earn the title General of the Armies of the United States. Find out more about this officer who led troops from the cavalry to World War I by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Congress passes daylight saving bill

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