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Three New Ebooks from the Library of Congress: The Industrial Revolution, Jim Crow, and Children’s Lives

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Walk with civil rights activists as they march against racial segregation. Pick out the details of a nineteenth-century factory. Zoom in on the faces of children at play one hundred years ago.

As teachers begin planning for the next school year, the Library of Congress invites students everywhere to touch, draw on, and explore some of its most valuable treasures–all via its three newest free interactive ebooks for tablets.

The Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents on a wide range of topics, from history to science to literature. Interactive tools let students zoom in for close examination, draw to highlight interesting details, and make notes about what they discover.

The Library’s latest Student Discovery Sets are available now for the iPad, and can be downloaded for free on iBooks. These sets cover the Industrial Revolution, Jim Crow and Segregation, and, especially for early grades, Children’s Lives at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. They join six previously published sets on the U.S. Constitution, Symbols of the United States, Immigration, the Dust Bowl, the Harlem Renaissance, and Understanding the Cosmos.

The objects in the Student Discovery Sets are primary sources–items created by eyewitnesses to history. From Lewis Hine’s compelling photos of child laborers to historic films of turn-of-the-century factories to firsthand accounts of civil rights struggles, these maps, booklets, posters, cartoons, sheet music and iconic images immerse students in history, culture and science and give them the power to explore.

The sets are designed for students, providing easy access to open-ended exploration. A Teacher’s Guide for each set, with background information, teaching ideas and additional resources, is one click away on the Library’s website for teachers,

Try these new interactive tools and let us know how you might use them!





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