Valentine’s Day may be the perfect time to sink your teeth into advertising messages by studying ads about candy and sweets from historic newspapers in Chronicling America.
Using the Library’s Primary Source Analysis Tool and a set of primary sources, teachers can introduce students to Hollerith’s electric tabulating machine.
Why is something funny? Comedy stories can often be a reflection of an aspect of society. These simple narratives often present us with a funny scenario while social commentary lies underneath.
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.
Viewing a film in class is a commitment of time and technology. Teachers want students to be active viewers, but most are more familiar with passively viewing film and video. How can teachers present film in a way that students are more likely to analyze its content? What aspects of viewing film may be beneficial to consider before analysis?
Throughout history, humans have sought out substances to color, coat, and cover dwellings, objects, and bodies. Modern inorganic pigments and dyes joined natural and organic substances used by the ancients. The properties of one substance, lead white, once made it the pigment of choice in white paint. However, the toxicity of lead contributed to a public health crisis.
Film can be challenging to work with in the classroom. There must be a convenient way to show it to students. It takes a specific amount of time to view, and students often gain from multiple viewings. The benefits of analyzing a film in class must be worth the time spent with these resources.
An item in the collections that I love because I think it is both beautiful and intriguing is this poster for P.T Barnum & Co’s Greatest Show on Earth.
The Library of Congress has the locks of many famous and not so famous Americans within its collections. To me, hair is so personal and individual–literally, a part of you–that you can really imagine a living, breathing person attached to it rather than a historical figure
I like the photo because it reminds me of the phrase “Back to the salt mines.”