Rosa Parks was one of the major figures of the American 20th Century, which the Library’s new exhibit demonstrates. But she’s really not the “quiet seamstress” of popular myth. From childhood, when she sat up nights with her shotgun-toting grandfather who was ready to defend his family from KKK attackers, she was an intense, committed activist with a deep sense of social justice.
In this six-minute documentary, Condoleezza Rice, Bryan Stevenson, Ken Burns, Jacqueline Woodson, Sharon Robinson and Parks biographer Jeanne Theoharis read from her private writings and talk of the woman behind the icon. As Burns says, “It’s imporant that we liberate Rosa Parks, and liberate ourselves, from the tyranny of superficial history.”
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Thomas Jefferson, future president, designed a macaroni-making machine, one of his many inventions drawn and described in his papers at the Library of Congress.
Louisa Treger has worked as classical violinist, and she has a Ph.D. in English from University College London. But she is neither a musician now, nor an academic. Instead, she will soon publish her third novel. Like its predecessors, it will tell the story of a trailblazing woman from history — in this case the […]
A conservator at the Library believes she has identified John Wood, an almost forgotten government photographer, as the man who took an iconic image of the first Lincoln inauguration.
Insights from the Library’s holdings into Season 3 of “The Crown.”
Library curator John Hessler’s new book, “Collecting for a New World: Treasures of the Early Americas,” explores the treasures of the Jay I. Kislak Collection of the Archaeology & History of the Early Americas.
The Library’s “The Exquisite Corpse” project, a tag-team YA story told by a number of children’s authors and illustrators, turns 10 this year.
Peggy Lundeen Johnson is the great-great-granddaughter of Samuel J. Gibson. He fought for the Union during the Civil War and was incarcerated in the Confederate military prison in Andersonville, Georgia, in 1864. While there, he kept a daily log of his experience. Johnson was unaware of the diary until she encountered it on the Library’s […]
The Library’s scroll from Gandhara, an early Buddhist center along the borders of modern-day Afghanistan and Pakistan, is one of the Library’s most precious treasures.
Reginald Scot’s 1584 book, “The Discoverie of Witchcraft” is one of the most influential books on magic ever published. The Library of Congress has a first edition.