May 25, 2019

Featured Source: Boeing aircraft plant – production of B-17F

Zoom into the picture above (.pdf file) and analyze the photo using the primary source analysis tool. First, just use the picture to complete your image analysis, then review the bibliographic record to add to your analysis. Share your analysis with a partner, group or the class. This image lists some letters and numbers at the bottom of the picture. Enter the letters OWI into the search box at the top right of the Primary Source Nexus website to do some research about OWI. Summarize your … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: V-E Day & V-J Day

V-E Day celebrates the Allied World War II victory in Europe and V-J Day the victory over Japan. V-E Day image set V-J Day image set V-E Day historical newspaper coverage V-J Day historical newspaper coverage Legislation A concurrent resolution to pay tribute to the American Veterans of World War II on the 40th anniversary of V-E Day H.Con.Res.141, 99th Congress (1985-1986) Recognizing the 60th anniversary of Victory in Europe (V-E) Day during World War II H.Res.233, 109th … [Read more...]

NHD 2015: Leadership & Legacy Topic Ideas – World War II & Beyond

Every year National History Day puts together a list of sample topic ideas. TPS-Barat went through that list and selected a subset of those topic ideas to create curated collections highlighting Library of Congress resources. All topic ideas are related to the 2015 NHD theme: Leadership & Legacy in History but the set below focuses on themes related to the 1930s and beyond. Links to more NHD follow this resource list. The Veterans Administration: Leading the Fight for Veterans Rights … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Dwight D. Eisenhower

From America’s Library: Dwight D. Eisenhower Born: October 14, 1890 Died: March 28, 1969 Dwight David Eisenhower was an inspiring military leader, best-selling author, head of Columbia University, and president of the United States. As the top American general and later Allied Supreme Commander in the European theater, he directed Allied forces in World War II to victories in North Africa and Italy and coordinated the massive and successful D-Day invasion of France. Extraordinarily … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Entrance to Manzanar

Manzanar War Relocation Center photographsWhere is your eye drawn to first in the photograph? Why do you think the photographer wanted you to focus on this portion of the photo? Zoom into this photograph (online | .pdf). Investigate other details you see in the photo. What do these details add to the overall story that the picture tells? What do you think the photographer wanted people to think or feel when looking at this image? Delve deeper into this topic by reviewing some of the … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Ukraine

Ukraine primary source set World Digital Library Ukraine image set Ukraine maps Historic U.S. newspaper coverage of Ukraine (through 1922) Songs of Ukraine Ukrainian sheet music Foreign Affairs oral histories mentioning Ukraine First Lieutenant Clotilde Kaluta oral history video - WW II service locations: England & Ukraine Odessa: Genius & Death in a City of Dreams streaming webcast U.S. legislation related to Ukraine (through 2013) current legislation Guide … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Marshall Plan

Today in History–June 19–the Library of Congress features the Marshall Plan. On this day in 1947, British and French foreign ministers invited 22 European nations to participate in designing a plan for rebuilding war-torn Europe. Two weeks earlier in a speech at Harvard University, World War II general and U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall had called for a multi-billion dollar European aid package designed to stabilize the world economy and discourage the spread of communism. Nearly … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Great Depression & World War II Primary Source Set

Have students use the primary sources in this set to tell a story about the period 1929-1945. At the depths of the great depression, which followed the stock market crash in October 1929, over one-quarter of the American workforce was out of work. But President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted a variety of "New Deal" programs and told U.S. citizens that there was nothing to fear but fear itself. Although the United States tried to stay out of World War II, eventually, the wartime economy would … [Read more...]

Today in History: Air Raid on Pearl Harbor

Today in History–December 7–the Library of Congress features the Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor, which occurred on this day in 1941. A hurried Navy dispatch sent out the news: AIR RAID ON PEARL HARBOR X THIS IS NOT DRILL. More than 2,300 Americans were killed, 160 aircraft were destroyed, and 12 ships sank. The next day the United States declared war on Japan. Learn more about this fateful day in U.S. history by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access … [Read more...]

Today in History: United Nations

Today in History–October 24–the Library of Congress features the United Nations. On this day in 1945 the U.N. charter was ratified. Derived from the 1942 Declaration by United Nations—26 nations pledged to continue fighting against the Axis powers (Germany, Italy, and Japan) in World War II—the final U.N. charter was signed by 51 member countries. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more United Nations primary sources and resources. United … [Read more...]