October 14, 2019

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 Image: Congress passes daylight saving bill

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World Spotlight: Belgium

Belgium primary sources from the World Digital Library Belgium maps Books & other texts about Belgium Belgium historic newspaper coverage Belgique historic newspaper coverage (en français) Belgium royalty historic newspaper coverage Belgium images set Belgian image set Belgium/Belgian sheet music La Brabançonne / National air of Belgium (song recording) U.S. legislation related to Belgium Guide to Law Online: Belgium TR receiving Belgian envoys at Sagamore … [Read more...]

Today in History: Sherwood Anderson

Today in History–September 13–the Library of Congress features writer Sherwood Anderson, born on this day in 1876. Sherwood worked as a copywriter before gaining success for his poetry, short stories, and novels. Learn  more about this midwest scribe by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more resources about Sherwood and other American writers. Sherwood Anderson images Sherwood Anderson historical newspaper coverage American writer primary source … [Read more...]

Today in History: Saint-Mihiel Offensive

Today in History–September 12–the Library of Congress features the Saint-Mihiel offensive, launched in France on this day in 1918. The offensive liberated a strategic area that Germany had held for four years. Just two months later, World War I ended with the signing of the Armistice on November 11, 1918. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more related primary sources. St. Mihiel images Map showing position of German Army geologic … [Read more...]

Featured Source: American Expeditionary Force map

The Americans who participated in the liberation of France were shocked by the devastation and the suffering of French civilians who had lost their homes, their livelihood, and their lives during the war. The compassion of the soldiers of the American Expeditionary Forces for the French people generated many popular songs such as "The Tale the Church Bell Told". In the shattered part of France, In the very heart of France, A soldier from a Yankee shore, Lay dreaming by an old church … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Irishmen – Avenge the Lusitania

Use image and textual details to describe the purpose of this poster. Use the Primary Source Nexus search box to find out about the sinking of the Lusitania. What did you find out? What surprised you the most or had the biggest impact on you? The audience for this poster was the Irish—Irish men, in particular. Use what you learned about the sinking of the Lusitania to create a poster targeted to Americans (if needed, conduct more primary source research). What other observations, … [Read more...]

Today in History: Lusitania Lost

Today in History–May 7–the Library of Congress features the British ocean liner Lusitania, sunk by a German submarine on this day in 1915.  Public outrage at the sinking of the civilian ship—though it was also carrying ammunition manufactured in the U.S.—was tremendous and helped to hasten U.S. entry into World War I. Learn more about this tragic day in world history by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary sources. Topics in Chronicling … [Read more...]