This is a multimedia anthology illustrating the vibrant and diverse forms of popular entertainment, especially vaudeville, that thrived from 1870-1920. Included are 334 English- and Yiddish-language playscripts, 146 theater playbills and programs, 61 motion pictures, 10 sound recordings and 143 photographs and 29 memorabilia items documenting the life and career of Harry Houdini.
This is a first stop for using Library of Congress resources to do research in the field of American women's history. It presents some digital items; however, it serves primarily as a comprehensive guide to the entirety of the Library's holdings on women's history. It includes exhibits that feature women and how to find women within exhibits where they're not featured. Essays examine women as a symbol 1590-1800, the women's suffrage parade of 1913, and the equal rights amendment.
On 12 September 1787, during the final days of the Constitutional Convention, George Mason of Virginia expressed the desire that the Constitution be prefaced by a Bill of Rights. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts proposed a motion to form a committee to incorporate such a declaration of rights; however the motion was defeated. This lesson examines the First Congress's addition of a Bill of Rights as the first ten amendments to the Constitution.
The images in this collection are drawn from the New-York Historical Society's rich archival collections that document the Civil War. They include recruiting posters for New York City regiments of volunteers, stereographic views documenting the mustering of soldiers and of popular support for the Union in New York City, photography showing the war's impact, both in the North and South, and drawings and writings by ordinary soldiers on both sides.
This site presents over 9,000 images relating to the early history of advertising in the U.S. Materials include cookbooks, photographs of billboards, print advertisements, trade cards, calendars, almanacs, and leaflets for various products. Together, these images illuminate the early evolution of this ubiquitous feature of modern American business and culture.
This site documents the movement to conserve and protect America's natural heritage. The site features books, pamphlets, government documents, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and motion picture footage drawn from collections of the Library of Congress.
An interactive map of the United States with information, interactive activities, and links about all 50 states. The information provided varies from historical, geographical, biological, and cultural in nature.
This site consists of letters, journals, books, newspapers, maps, and images documenting the land, peoples, and exploration of the trans-Appalachian West. The first European travelers, their relations with Native Americans, new settlers' migration and acquisition of land, navigation down the Ohio River, planting of crops, trade in tobacco and horses, and the roles of African Americans, women, churches, and schools are documented.
"First-Person Narratives of the American South" is a collection of diaries, autobiographies, memoirs, travel accounts, and ex-slave narratives written by Southerners. The majority of materials in this collection are written by those Southerners whose voices were less prominent in their time, including African Americans, women, enlisted men, laborers, and Native Americans.
This site documents the culture of the 19th century American South from the viewpoint of Southerners. It includes diaries, autobiographies, memoirs, ex-slave narratives, and travel accounts of women, African Americans, enlisted men, Native Americans, laborers, and prominent individuals. The site features 140 titles, including some published before 1860.
This site presents 3,000 pieces of sheet music drawn from a collection at Duke University. The selection covers a variety of music types including bel canto, minstrel, protest, plantation, and sentimental songs, as well as songs from vaudeville and tin pan alley. The collection is particularly strong in antebellum Southern music, confederate imprints, and Civil War songs and music.
Article in the 1925 magazine "Your car; a magazine of romance, fact and fiction" by a former criminal about his experience working for Henry Ford. The article is on pages 44, 45, and 82.
In this letter to Abraham Lincoln a Canadian requests information about the Homestead Bill.
Discover America's favorite pastimes, sports and hobbies, including baseball, vacationing, dancing, rodeo, and quilting. Play the "Batter Up" interactive history baseball game.
This website takes students through various eras in American History such as Colonial America, the Revolutionary Period, Western Expansion, The Civil War, The Gilded Age, The Great Depression, and Much More.
Discover the inventors, politicians, performers, activists and other everyday people who made this country what it is today. Includes brief biographies and interactive activities associated with historical figures such as W.E.B. DuBois, Amelia Earhart, Lewis & Clark, Mark Twain, George Washington, and many more.
This site illustrates the story of settlement on the Great Plains. Family letters of one homesteader express personal insight into the joy, despair, and determination in his struggle to establish a home on the prairie.