Explore Library of Congress Professional Development Videos

Now we have a way for teachers to bring Library of Congress professional development programming into their homes and classrooms whenever they want it. The Library’s education staff has been building a collection of short videos to help teachers enhance their professional learning. The 40 videos focus on building awareness of the Library’s various collections as well as on the effective use of these primary source materials.

World War I Recruiting Songs: Building the Military with Music

Music is one way to get a message out or to encourage support for a cause, especially during wartime. In the first years of World War I, when the United States was neutral, songs supported the country staying out of the war. After the U.S. entered the war in 1917, songs encouraged or discouraged citizens to enlist and join the battle. Others encouraged those on the home front to support those who were on the battlefield.

Exploring Chronicling America for Poetry in Newspapers Before 1922

April is national poetry month, and though we don’t see much poetry in today’s newspapers, in the past it was a common feature. In fact, many poets garnered fame and sometimes some funds from having their poems published in newspapers. The Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers database offers a trove of poetry treasures waiting to be discovered.