Our ideas about science and technology play an important role in how we imagine the future. Does new technology directly improve society? Or is it more complicated than that. We can look at a series of items from the new online collection Finding Our Place in the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and Beyond to explore how Carl Sagan’s ideas developed and changed on this topic over time.
February highlights include the establishment of the Grand Canyon as a national park and the first U.S. railway for freight and passengers.
Primary sources can help students explore just how controversial voting rights were in the century preceding the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
“The context for each imaginary contraption becomes fodder for understanding ideas about space and flight.” We’ve added some ideas at the end for ways to use these primary sources to deepen student understanding of the ways in which people have imagined space and flight.
This summer, attending the Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute took me back to the “awe” of history. Seeing the diary entry from the night President Lincoln was shot, and being able to see the emotion in the writing…You don’t get that in a transcript or in a modified document.
When President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law on July 2, 1964, he said that “the purpose of the law is simple. It does not restrict the freedom of any American, so long as he respects the rights of others.”
The role of the Ambassador is to raise “national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.” DiCamillo, the fourth to hold this position, has chosen “Stories Connect Us” as her theme, saying “When we read together, we connect. Together, we see the world. Together, we see each other.”
The Library of Congress is pleased to announce details about its summer programs for K-12 educators.
As we do at the start of each year we take a look back at the previous year and highlight posts that received the most comments from readers and the most mentions in social media outlets. We hope this look back refreshes your memory or leads you to materials you can use with your students.
Use images from the Library of Congress to pique students’ interest and to inspire research questions about the American Civil Rights movement and the many people who worked for equal rights.