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This process of observing, of reflecting on observations along with prior knowledge, and of generating questions about a primary source is valuable in itself. It also can serve as a springboard into further research.
Reflecting on related primary sources can provide students with a fun way to employ mathematical thinking to understand the history of sports such as baseball up to the present day.
As mentioned in my previous blog post, I am one of 40 Junior Fellows at the Library of Congress this summer, and I have been working on researching women in baseball and updating the Library’s primary source set for educators on baseball.
During an event as large and disruptive as World War I, individuals, organizations, and governments had to make difficult choices between competing societal needs. Examining sports pages from WWI-era newspapers provides an intriguing look at the interplay between celebrity, public entertainment, and wartime needs.
Did you know that “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” originally had extra stanzas beyond the ones we all know? When it was composed in 1908 by Albert Von Tilzer and lyricist Jack Norworth, it documented the story of Katie Casey, a baseball fan who wanted to go with her beau to the baseball game. Though there were certainly women who were knowledgeable about their favorite teams, it was expected that women would not want to go to the games and would prefer to be safe at home.
Amara L. Alexander, 2019-20 Library of Congress Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator invites students to learn more about the science of bubbles and an important part of United States history using an image from a Japanese internment camp.
Political cartoons were effective tools used by reformers to promote their criticisms of capitalism with the goal of holding robber barons accountable for excesses.
The Library of Congress and HISTORY are pleased to announce the publication of a special Idea Book for Educators. It is a companion to the Library of Congress exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote, and features ideas for teaching with primary sources in a variety of media.
Every family has its own story, which each member has their own power to shape. Exploring the stories of the families that are depicted in historical artifacts can not only help students discover the rich variety of families that have formed and re-formed throughout history.