If I say “monument to Abraham Lincoln,” what comes to mind? You might think first of the famous Lincoln Memorial, which has a prominent place on the National Mall in Washington and is featured on the back of the five dollar bill. But there are many other statues that pay tribute to the sixteenth president of the United States, each in their own way.
Many contributed to the debates on how best to secure and advance the rights of African Americans, but one of the major contributors was the educator Booker T. Washington. Washington, the leader of Tuskegee Institute, stated his views in a speech at the Cotton States and International Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia, in September 1895.
Working with historians-in-training? Here are tips for selecting engaging primary sources that students can place in historical context.
Decades after the drought and depression of the 1930s ended, images of the Dust Bowl are still familiar to millions of people worldwide. These images, and the stories and songs that emerged at the same time, are powerful tools for exploring the history and legacy of this nation-changing disaster.
A voice from the past can make long-ago events seem like they happened yesterday.
At the end of the Civil War, over four million enslaved Americans gained their freedom. Today, we can still hear 26 of them speak to us in their own words, with their own voices.
Hook your students with historic sights and sounds that are close to home: Primary Sources by State.
Having trouble choosing that perfect primary source for your lesson? Here are some tips to get you started!
Can science teachers use primary sources? They certainly can.
One approach is to use primary sources to examine how scientific discoveries were treated in popular culture.
“O, fatal day. O, noble victim. Treason has done its worst. The President has been assassinated.” This hand-written diary entry, dated half past 10 o’clock PM, April 14, 1865, concludes simply, “I have just come from near the scene, it is too True.”
When is the pencil mightier than the camera? When it is recording the action on a Civil War battlefield.