New Library of Congress Ebooks: Japanese American Internment, Women’s Suffrage, and Political Cartoons

Batch3ebooksWhat would it be like to hold history in your hands? To leaf through the pages of a suffragist’s scrapbook? To scrutinize a political cartoon published by Benjamin Franklin? To hear a decorated veteran speak to you about what it was like to live in a detention camp in his own country?

The Library of Congress is providing students everywhere with a chance to touch, draw on, and explore treasures from its vast collections with the release of its three newest free interactive ebooks for tablets.

These Student Discovery Sets gather unique documents and artifacts related to landmark moments in the nation’s history and, through interactive tools, let students zoom in on, illustrate, and makes notes about what they discover. The newest sets cover Political Cartoons and Public Debates, Japanese American Internment, and Women’s Suffrage.

The objects in the Student Discovery Sets are primary sources: items created by eyewitnesses to history. From Ansel Adams’s compelling photos of internment camps to eighteenth-century cartoons to the songs of suffrage activists, these maps, booklets, posters, cartoons, and iconic images immerse students in history, culture, and science and give them the power to explore.

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

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, loc.gov/teachers.

If you’ve tried the Library’s Student Discovery Sets, please let us know how you’ve used them.

4 Comments

  1. Sarah
    June 15, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Can you please provide a link to the teacher’s guides for the Discovery Sets? I cannot locate it on loc.gov/teachers. Thanks!

  2. Stephen Wesson
    June 15, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Thank you for the question! The teacher’s guides for each set can be found here:

    //www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/

  3. Joan Davis
    June 16, 2015 at 8:38 am

    I think this concept is great, but feel the ebook is incomplete. Once the student has completed the inquiry, what’s next? An action step is needed. A click to a blog site to discuss what was learned or click to real-life problem solving project related to the ebook topic, or a place to share student projects (YouTube, or Flickr) for example, will complete the next step in high level thinking.

  4. Danielle Martin
    March 13, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Thank you so much for this it was really helpful I really needed this.

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