Primary Source Sets

Sets of primary sources on specific topics.

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    Abraham Lincoln: Rise to National Prominence A selection of Library of Congress primary sources exploring Abraham Lincoln and his national role. This set also includes a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions. Speeches, correspondence, campaign materials and a map documenting the free and slave states in 1856 chronicle Lincoln’s rise to national prominence
    • Date: 1855
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    Alexander Hamilton Manuscripts, images, and historic newspapers document the life and accomplishments of Alexander Hamilton. This set also includes a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions. Manuscripts, images, and historic newspapers document the life and accomplishments of Alexander Hamilton'
    • Date: 1757
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    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. This set also includes a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions. A selection of Library of Congress primary sources exploring the topic of American authors in the nineteenth century,...
    • Date: 1830
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    Baseball Across a Changing Nation A selection of Library of Congress primary sources exploring baseball and the various ways it was experienced by Americans between the close of the Civil War and the beginning of WWII. This set also includes a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions. Baseball has been part of the culture of the United States since the earliest days of the nation, and the...
    • Date: 1860
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    Charts and Graphs A selection of Library of Congress primary sources exploring charts and graphs. This set also includes a Teachers Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.
    • Date: 1900
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    Children's Lives at the Turn of the Twentieth Century A selection of Library of Congress primary sources exploring Children's Lives at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. This set also includes a Teachers Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.
    • Date: 1890
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    Civil War Images: Depictions of African Americans in the War Effort A selection of Library of Congress primary sources exploring the ways in which African Americans were depicted in the Civil War effort. This set also includes a Teachers Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.
    • Date: 1861
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    Civil War Music A selection of Library of Congress primary sources exploring historical perspectives about the American Civil War. This set also includes a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.
    • Date: 1861
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    Civil War Photographs: New Technologies and New Uses Photographs that help to document the photographic technologies used during the Civil War. This set also includes a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.
    • Date: 1860
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    Civil War Soldiers' Portraits: The Liljenquist Family Collection A selection of Library of Congress primary sources exploring the Civil War portraits in the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs from the Library of Congress. This set also includes a Teacher s Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.
    • Date: 1860
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    The Civil War: The Nation Moves Towards War, 1850-61 Conflict between abolition and slavery marked the 1850s, preceding the election of 1860 and the attack on Fort Sumter that started the Civil War. The Kansas-Nebraska Act, Dred Scott, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown, and secession in maps, newspapers, political cartoons and song sheets.
    • Date: 1850
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    The Constitution A selection of Library of Congress primary sources exploring the United States Constitution. This set also includes a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.
    • Date: 1785
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    Dust Bowl Migration A selection of Library of Congress primary sources exploring the The Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945). This set also includes a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.
    • Date: 1930
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    Found Poetry A selection of Library of Congress primary sources exploring found poetry and the ability to retell history from one's own perspective. This set also includes a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.
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    The Harlem Renaissance A selection of Library of Congress primary sources exploring the Harlem Renaissance. This set also includes a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.
    • Date: 1920
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    Hispanic Exploration A selection of Library of Congress primary sources exploring the contributions and interactions of Hispanic peoples in North America during the age of exploration. This set also includes a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.
    • Date: 1500
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    Immigration Challenges for New Americans A selection of Library of Congress primary sources exploring the topic of immigration from the early nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth century. This set also includes a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.
    • Date: 1900
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    The Industrial Revolution in the United States A selection of Library of Congress primary sources exploring the Industrial Revolution and its effects in the United States. This set also includes a Teacher s Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.
    • Date: 1876
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    The Inventive Wright Brothers A selection of Library of Congress primary sources exploring the contributions of the Wright brothers to flight. This set also includes a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.
    • Date: 1880
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    Jamestown A selection of Library of Congress primary sources exploring Jamestown as the first permanent British settlement in North America. This set also includes a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.
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    Japanese American Internment A selection of Library of Congress primary sources exploring Japanese Internment during World War II. This set also includes a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.
    • Date: 1941
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    Jim Crow and Segregation A selection of Library of Congress primary sources exploring Jim Crow in the US. This set also includes a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.
    • Date: 1865
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    LGBTQ Activism and Contributions A selection of Library of Congress primary sources exploring LGBTQ Activism and Contributions. This set also includes a Teachers Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions. Photos, film footage, newspaper articles, interviews, and audio recordings explore LGBTQ Americans' political activism and contributions to U.S. cultural life.
    • Date: 1865
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    Maps From The World Digital Library A selection of primary sources exploring historic maps presented by the World Digital Library. This set also includes a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.
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    Mexican American Migrations and Communities A selection of Library of Congress primary sources exploring the topic of Mexican American migrations and communities, including photos, newspapers, and oral history interviews. This set also includes a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.