In the November/December 2015 issue of Social Education, the journal of the National Council for the Social Studies, our “Sources and Strategies” article focused on analyzing newspapers from the presidential election of 1912, an unusual contest at an unusual time.
It may not feel much like fall in most of the U.S., but even in the absence of autumn leaves, school doors are opening and educators are preparing for--or beginning--a new year of teaching.
In that spirit, we'd like to welcome you to another year of teaching using primary sources from the online collections of the Library of Congress! The Library offers millions of primary sources for free to all on its Web site, loc.gov, and its education program supports teachers as they use these powerful items effectively in the classroom.
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.
Those of us at the Library who work in education are celebrating the fourth anniversary of the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog.
We're grateful for all the journeys of discovery that we've taken in the course of creating posts for this blog, and we're grateful for all the co-authors and guest authors who've enriched its pages over the years.
Can you imagine a photograph made of metal? A picture book made with egg whites? A wood-and-glass device that lets you see 3-D images? In the 1850s and 1860s, these were all cutting-edge photographic technologies. The Library's newest primary source set, "Civil War Photography: New Technologies and New Uses," immerses students in the new methods and formats that emerged in the decades around the war.
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.
Astronomy Day is April 25, and we at Teaching with the Library of Congress are standing by with a cluster of blog posts featuring primary sources that explore changing ideas of the solar system and what lies beyond it.
Historical documents may be rooted in the past, but they provide a powerful way for the scientists and stargazers of today to familiarize themselves with scientific practices, to observe the ways in which scientific knowledge changes over time, and to honor the legacy of those who have boldly gone before them.
The civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama, in March 1965 are seen today as landmark moments in the nation's history. Many of the images created during the heat of that month's confrontations have become iconic representations of turmoil and triumph.
In the small town of Selma, Alabama, in the early weeks of March 1965, a series of marches took place that brought the nation's civil rights struggle to a point of crisis, and that captured the attention of the world.