Union Square opened as a public park in 1839, and by the first decades of the twentieth century was an established destination for anyone who wanted to stroll under the trees, shop for flowers, or just sit and read a newspaper. But it was also the site of a variety of large and small public demonstrations and events.
How do we know our medicine is safe? Students can explore primary sources to see how medicines were marketed in the nineteenth century and how Congress responded.
The Library recently completed digitizing a portion of Theodore Roosevelt’s papers, considered to be the largest collection of original Roosevelt documents in the world.
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.
What was the great cause that brought together civic leaders, public health officials, and the president of the United States? Playgrounds.
We’re delighted to announce that the Woodrow Wilson Papers are now online. Held in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division, these papers constitute the largest collection of original Wilson documents in the world, and provide teachers and students with many opportunities for discovery.
Mark Twain’s reputation spans the centuries: He spent much of his lifetime as one of the most famous writers in the United States, and his works continue to appear in classrooms, as well as in debates over the curriculum. Even now, more than a century after his death, the discovery of an unpublished Twain tale has led to the publication of a new children’s book, which is the subject of an upcoming program at the Library of Congress.
According to an article in the August 28, 1912, edition of The Presbyterian of the South, “The attempts at regulation [of alcohol] failed and the civilization of Babylon was snuffed out in an orgy of drink.” An article like this presents an opportunity to teach students how to read content critically and to place it in historical context.
Political cartoonists often see the Thanksgiving celebration as a way to poke fun at a political issue, put a satirical spin on an event, or criticize a noted figure or group of figures.