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Walt Whitman holding a butterfly on his finger

[Detail] Walt Whitman holding a butterfly on his finger

Specific artifacts (images, manuscripts, maps, sound files) with analysis tools help students think like historians about a particular historical event or phenomenon.

  • Emily Dickinson

    American Authors in the Nineteenth Century: Whitman, Dickinson, Longfellow, Stowe, and Poe

    A selection of Library of Congress primary sources exploring the topic of American authors in the nineteenth century, including Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Edgar Allan Poe.

  • Alice Paul

    Found Poetry

    Using primary source texts on a variety of subjects, students select words to retell the historical content in poetic form.

  • Louis Armstrong

    Harlem Renaissance

    Photographs, authors' drafts, sheet music, an audio recording, and newspaper articles let students explore the artistic and literary legacy of the Harlem Renaissance.