Primary Sources

Google News Archive

by jtheiser on November 5, 2012

Here is a tool that I have been exploring and showing teachers how to use for a while now and it’s high time I shared it with you, my readers.

Google news provides you with the ability to search their archives going all the way back to the late 1800s.  This is a great tool to let your students do some historical research.

Searching the Google News Archive

Let’s say you want to search for articles on Clara Barton from the late 1800′s through the early 1900′s.

First, go to: http://news.google.com/archivesearch and enter in your search requirements.

Google News Search

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that you have entered your search criteria, click search and you can view the results.

Notice the dates of the results, the are all within our search range.  Next, let’s say you want to read the article about Clara writing to Mr. Roosevelt.  Simply click on the link and you can view a copy of the newspaper article.

Clara Barton Writes to Mr. Roosevelt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a great way for your students to do research and interact with primary sources.

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Halloween During the Civil War

by fifer1863 on October 31, 2012

Just a quick Civil War themed Halloween post for everyone to enjoy.

Here is a photo from the October 26, 1861 edition of Harper’s Weekly.  It is called “Jeff Davis, Reaping the Harvest” and shows Confederate President Jefferson Davis standing in a field gathering crops with skulls on top of them.

 

Jeff Davis Reaping the Harvest

If you check out the high resolution version, you can really find some cool things in the image.  Can you and your students find:

  1. All of the skulls?
  2. The snake
  3. The noose
  4. The vulture

More questions for deeper thinking:

  • Why would the paper portray Jefferson Davis in this manner?
  • What is the significance of the various objects hidden in the image?
  • What is Jefferson Davis actually reaping?

Just another quick and easy way to integrate primary sources into your classroom.

Happy Halloween!

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Thanks for staying subscribed to my podcast and I hope you enjoy listening. In this episode I am talking about computer troubles, conference travels, and finding primary sources from the Kansas Historical Society and their Kansas Memory Project.

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Available online document from Western Illinois University

July 11, 2012

Available online document from Western Illinois University Malpass Library of a National Union League Pledge. The Digitization Center has been making historical documents available online. The database access is free to the public. Civil War enthusiasts our library has digitized Charles Miles National Union League Pledge. It is dated February 18, 1865 (originally 1863). This […]

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Teaching the Civil War Podcast Episode 21 – The US Capital

May 3, 2012

      Thanks for staying subscribed to my podcast and I hope you enjoy listening. In this episode I share an interview with Ms. Sharon Gang who is with the US Capital Visitor Center.  Ms. Gang talks about how the Capital is remembering the Civil War. Here is a copy of their press release: […]

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Teaching the Civil War Podcast Episode 18 – Language Arts

March 30, 2012

      Thanks for staying subscribed to my podcast and I hope you enjoy listening. In this episode I discuss how you can teach the American Civil War in the Language Arts Classroom.  I also share the Sullivan Ballou letter. Here is a photo of Sullivan Ballou:   Feedback on the show? email me […]

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Teaching the Civil War Podcast Episode 16 – Using Math to Teach the Civil War

March 8, 2012

      Thanks for staying subscribed to my podcast and I hope you enjoy listening. In this episode I talk a bit about how you can use Math to teach and learn about the Civil War. Feedback on the show? email me at podcast@teachthecivilwar.com Follow Me on Twitter Music is by Mark Ferguson and is […]

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Teaching the Civil War Podcast Episode 9.5 – Happy Thanksgiving

November 23, 2011

      Thanks for staying subscribed to my podcast and I hope you enjoy listening. Just a short episode today to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Feedback on the show? email me at podcast@teachthecivilwar.com Follow Me on Twitter Music is by the Mark Ferguson and is used with permission. Subscribe in iTunes SHOW NOTES: Today […]

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Harper’s Weekly Online

November 18, 2011

Ever wonder how newspapers during Civil War covered the battles? Are your doing any research into an aspect of the Civil War and need a great primary source? Well, the Son of the South website has digitized versions of Harper’s Weekly online for your review. According to the website, they have “over 7,000 pages of […]

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Digital Historical Newspapers

May 9, 2011

While browsing my Delicious feed the other day, I came across the HistoryBuff.com website and found it very interesting and thought I’d share.  HistoryBuff.com is providing digitized versions of newspapers from throughout history.  According the the website the “site focuses primarily on HOW news of major, and not so major, events in American history were […]

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Harriet Tubman resources from the Library of Congress

March 25, 2011

Here is a quick link to some great resources on Harriet Tubman that are available via the digital collections at the Library of Congress. These resources include items like photographs, books, and various manuscripts. The Harriet Tubman Online Resources page provides numerous links to different websites that all contain digital historical resources related to Harriet […]

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Abraham Lincoln Cartoons

February 14, 2011

I came across the following link and thought I would share: The HarpWeek website and has over 400 political cartoons on the Lincoln presidency.  You can view different people, symbols, topics, places or artists that had something to do with these cartoons.  You could easily have your students select one of the hundreds of cartoons […]

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Digital Resource Centers

January 17, 2011

There are numerous online libraries of digital archives that offer a vast array of primary sources that allow exploration and interpretation of the past. These primary sources are different however, in that they are not touched or felt but displayed on a computer screen in an electronic format (Friedman, 2005). These online libraries are often […]

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Santa Seek & Find

December 24, 2010

MERRY CHRISTMAS I have blogged about Christmas in the past so I thought that I would continue the tradition of showing more connections of Christmas and the Civil War. This time I am going to focus on a famous sketch of “Merry Old Santa Claus” by Thomas Nast. This sketch appeared in the January 1, […]

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The Lincoln Archive

July 17, 2010

During the recent ISTE Conference, I had the opportunity to meet Karen Needles who is the Director for the Lincoln Archives Digital Project (LADP). According the the website, “the Lincoln Archives Digital Project is providing unlimited access to the historic but fragile paper records of the administration of President Abraham Lincoln.”  This project is “identifying […]

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A soldier from Wildcat Regiment

February 13, 2010

An interesting way for students to experience the Civil War is to personalize it for them. One way to personalize the Civil War is to allow students to experience the war through the eyes (or in this case letters and documents) of a solider. The Library of Congress has created A Solider from the Wildcat […]

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Merry Christmas

December 25, 2009

On January 3, 1863, Harper’s Weekly ran the following Thomas Nast image of Santa Claus visiting the Civil War Soldiers What can you see in the picture?  There is so much to see in this photo.  From the drummer boys playing with the Jack-in-the-box to the troops chasing a pig in the background (notice one […]

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Christmas Eve

December 24, 2009

The above illustration by Thomas Nast is entitled “Christmas Eve, 1862″ and is from an 1862 issue of Harper’s Weekly.  On the right side of the illustration is a Civil War soldier on duty sitting next to a fire on a cold night.  In addition to holding his musket, he is holding a photo of […]

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Civil War era Presidential Elections

November 21, 2009

In this season of elections, I thought it would be interesting to share a website on Civil War era elections. Harper’s Weekly has created a website for researching historical elections from 1860 to 1912. According to the website, the Presidential Elections page features political cartoons from several different digital resource centers such as Harper’s Weekly, […]

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PA Civil War 150 Website

October 9, 2009

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (also on Twitter @phmc) launched a new website dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the role Pennsylvania played in that war.  In addition to the new website, the commission also announced that there will be a Pennsylvania Civil War Road Show.  According to a press […]

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