What can a flag tell us about the people who marched behind it? We recently rediscovered these regimental flags from the Library’s online collections and were struck by the vivid imagery and mottoes. We did a little research on the flags – and the artist behind them – and decided to highlight them during African American History Month in February.
One of the advantages the Library of Congress offers is the range and diversity of its collection. Thus, the inherent value of a manuscript collection is enhanced by collections of a comparable nature in the Manuscript Division and other custodial divisions.
Kate Stewart wants to encourage teachers to incorporate oral histories and interviews to teach recent history. It may be easier to analyze photographs and text, but I think listening to someone tell a personal story can be so much more memorable and engaging.
I am a senior archives specialist in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. My title usually draws blank stares from people, so I follow it quickly with the analogy that an archivist is like an archeologist who works with paper. That declaration gets nods of understanding and interest.
In addition to my regular job, I volunteer to work with K-12 students who come to visit our division. During my presentation, I show the students the differences between their neighborhood or school library and a large map research library like the Library of Congress.
Learn about Zora Neale Hurston’s time in Florida with the Federal Writers project in the May/June 2015 “Sources and Strategies” article in Social Education, the journal of the National Council for the Social Studies.
Join us for a very special webinar with Teaching Tolerance on Thursday April 16th at 4 ET: Selecting Primary Sources to Examine the Civil Rights Act of 1964
On Thursday, March 19 at 4 PM ET, Teaching Tolerance and the Library of Congress will co-facilitate the third in a series of monthly webinars on teaching and learning about the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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.