The Library’s new World War I primary source set
Shots ring out on the streets of Sarajevo. Uncle Sam tells recruits that he wants them for his army–and declares that it’s time to round up undesirables. Women face danger in stateside munitions factories and on the battlefields of Europe. A soldier writes in his diary about the last bullets of Armistice Day.
Teachers can help their students explore these moments and many more using the Library’s newest primary source set, World War I. This set brings together primary sources that document a war that was like no other, and that brought about tremendous political, social, and technological changes. From newspapers, photographs, and political cartoons to poems, recordings, and sheet music, these historical artifacts bring to life an era in which the lyrics of popular songs debated the decision to go to war; posters and cartoons posed questions about the nature of loyalty to one’s country; and soldiers’ notebooks prosaically described terrifying new mechanisms for waging war.
In addition to primary sources, this set also includes background information and teaching suggestions that support student inquiry into the many questions the war offers. The set is also available as a free interactive Student Discovery Set for iPads that allows students to annotate and analyze the primary sources.
The Library of Congress World War I topic page
To take a deeper dive into the Library’s rich collections related to the war, visit the Library of Congress World War I topic page. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of U.S. entry into the war, the Library is offering exhibitions, lectures, symposia, film programs, recordings, publications, veterans’ stories, educational tools, and research guides to its remarkable World War I resources.
How are your students exploring the events and legacy of World War I? Please let us know in the comments.
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