Using Primary Sources to Explore Civic Virtue During Times of Crisis

This post is by Jen Reidel, the 2019-2020 Library of Congress Civics Teacher in Residence. During periods of crisis, Americans have often been called to practice civic virtue, placing the common good above individual need. Children historically have actively supported national objectives during wartime in age appropriate ways, including buying and selling war savings stamps, collecting […]

Teaching Civic Ideals through Court Case Primary Sources

This post is by Jen Reidel, the 2019-2020 Library of Congress Civics Teacher in Residence. The American judicial system is one of the most important facets of the United States’ democracy, yet the least understood. Many court cases illustrate democratic ideals and definitions. Consequently, court cases and related primary sources are an effective way to […]