Helping Students Visualize the Process of Change with Historic Images

The article highlights a number of images from the early 20th century that the National Child Labor Committee used in their campaign to abolish child labor, including photographs by Lewis Hine. Although today these dramatic photos are often viewed as art objects, the NCLC used them as tools–as persuasive elements that would help them make their case against child labor in the public sphere and in the halls of Congress.

Celebrating Mexico with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress

The first printing press in the New World…The only existing copy of a documentary on the Mexican Revolution…A legal argument that used drawings of turkeys–and that won its case. These are just a few of the rich cultural artifacts featured in “A Celebration of Mexico,” a conference and display December 12-13 at the Library of […]

10 Ways to Enrich Your Classroom with Primary Sources – Part 2

The first post of this two-part series offered ten tips for filling classroom spaces with engaging primary source displays to promote systematic critical thinking. This second post lists ten ways to introduce primary sources into pedagogy. No matter your grade level or subject, the ten ideas start from this basic premise: For every lesson a primary source!

December in History with the Library of Congress

This post was written by Uhuru Flemming of the Library of Congress. Many teachers like to include mini-lessons or bell-ringers about “this day in history.” The Library of Congress offers two resources that recount what happened on a particular day using the Library’s collections of digitized primary sources: Jump Back in Time (introductory) and Today […]