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.
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 Congress.
History and images have a complex relationship. Many turning points in history passed with no one there to record them. Others are so thoroughly documented that it can be difficult to find the unique human stories beneath the clouds of images that surround them.
The Library's original Web site for public access to legislative data, THOMAS.gov, was launched in 1995, making it almost 19 years old! Your students may find it hard to believe that the Internet even existed that long ago. To update, and soon replace, this aging system, the Library of Congress launched beta.Congress.gov in the fall of 2012.
Items that lived in American Memory have either moved or will move soon. Meanwhile, starting November 19, the assets in myLOC.gov will be moving to loc.gov, while myLOC.gov's myCollection will no longer be offered.
Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune: These are the eight planets of the solar system displayed on diagrams in our educational resources today. Of course, many of us still remember Pluto, which was considered a planet for many years until it was recently reclassified. Pluto's demotion isn't the only dramatic change that's happened to educational solar system diagrams over the years, though.
Have you ever wondered, “is it really possible to fry an egg on the sidewalk if it is hot enough?” or “why do pigeons bob their heads when they walk?” Answers to these and many other science questions can be found on the Library of Congress website Everyday Mysteries: Fun Science Facts from the Science Reference Section.
The Library's new primary source set, "Civil War Soldiers' Portraits: The Liljenquist Family Collection," brings students face to face with some of the everyday men and boys who fought in the Civil War.
The Civil War was the most photographed war of its era, and the Library's new primary source set, "Civil War Soldiers' Portraits: The Liljenquist Family Collection," brings students face to face with some of the men and boys who fought in the Civil War.