October 19, 2019

Today in History: Gertrude Stein

Today in History–July 27–the Library of Congress features avant-garde writer Gertrude Stein, who died on this day in 1947. Stein was also an astute collector of fine art and well known for entertaining the artists she favored. Find out more by visiting the Today in History. For more insight into her character, take a look at the resources below Gertrude Stein portraits Alice B. Toklas images Historic newspaper articles mentioning Stein Tender buttons : objects, food, rooms by … [Read more...]

Today in History: Uncle Sam & James Montgomery Flagg

Today in History–June 18–the Library of Congress features Uncle Sam illustrator James Montgomery Flagg, born on this day in 1877. In addition to the iconic Uncle Sam, Flagg created dozens of posters supporting the war effort during World War I. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to Flagg and Uncle Sam. Illustrator James Montgomery Flagg Was Born America's Library Uncle Sam: American Symbol, American … [Read more...]

Today in History: Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Today in History–June 5–the Library of Congress features Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. This iconic American novel originally appeared in serial form, the first installment published on this day in 1851 in the abolitionist weekly the Washington National Era. The following year Stowe's book was published and became an instant bestseller and later became a theatrical hit. Find out more Stowe and this American tale by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to … [Read more...]

Today in History: Walt Whitman

Today in History–May 31–the Library of Congress features writer Walt Whitman, born on this day in 1819. Whitman was a journalist, essayist, and poet whose poems written after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln cast him into the national spotlight. Learn more this American literary icon by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to discover more Whitman primary sources and teaching resources. Collections Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of Walt Whitman … [Read more...]

Today in History: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today in History–May 25–the Library of Congress features the philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, born on this day in 1803. A leader in the transcendentalist movement, Emerson embraced forward-looking social reforms including abolition, temperance, and woman suffrage. Learn more about this writer and poet by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access related resources. Books & articles by Ralph Waldo Emerson Books & articles about Ralph Waldo … [Read more...]

Today in History: L. Frank Baum

Today in History–May 15–the Library of Congress features The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum, born on this day in 1856. Lyman Frank Baum was in his 40s by the time he became a bestselling author. Learn more about this writer and the extraordinary success of the Oz mass media franchise by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access all types of Oz primary sources as well as books and stories by Baum* and Oz illustrator W.W. Denslow. L. Frank Baum … [Read more...]

Today in History: Thornton Wilder

Today in History–April 17–the Library of Congress features writer Thornton Wilder, born on this day in 1897. This lauded American writer produced award-winning (3 Pulitzer Prizes and 1 National Book Award) plays, novels, essays, and more. Find out more about this literary master by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access primary sources about Wilder and the theater. Playwright Thornton Wilder Was Born from America's Library Thornton Wilder image … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Noon meditations at Slabsides

"John Burroughs at 'Slab Sides'" description from Bird Lore, Volume 1 (1899): SOME years ago a favor to a neighbor resulted in Mr. Burroughs acquiring possession of a small 'muck swamp' situated in a valley in the hills, a mile or more west of his home at West Park. on the Hudson. To Mr. Burroughs, the agriculturist, this apparently worthless bit of ground promised a rich return after it had yielded to successive attacks of brush-knife, grubbing-hook, plough, and spade. To Burroughs, the … [Read more...]

Today in History: John Burroughs

Today in History–April 3–the Library of Congress features writer and naturalist John Burroughs, born on this day in 1837. Learn more about this contemporary of John Muir and Henry David Thoreau by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access images and some of his writings and photographs as well as more environment and conservation teaching resources and primary sources from the Library. John Burroughs Was Born  from America's Library Winter sunshine by John … [Read more...]

Today in History: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Today in History–February 7–the Library of Congress features writer Laura Ingalls Wilder, born on this date in 1867. Ingalls Wilder became well known for her semi-autobiographical stories collectively known as the Little House on the Prairie series. Learn more this iconic writer of American pioneer life and discover primary sources that will help illuminate her stories by visiting the Today in History section and then clicking the links below. Laura Ingalls Wilder Born from America's … [Read more...]