The following include narratives from slaves collected from interviews housed at the Library of Congress.
I Got A Record is Molly Kensey a former enslaved person who, when freed, worked as a restaurant operator, nurse, and washerwoman.
Rose O’Neal Greenhow was a socialite turned spy for the Confederacy. Duke University has a collection of her papers, some of which are reproduced here and formatted for use by teachers.
The Dawes Act
After the Civil War the Dawes Act led to more opportunities for people to move westward. These documents are scaffolded for High School studies to examine this topic.
“Early recollections of the mines, and a description of the great Tulare valley.” by J.H. Carson … Stockton, To accompany the steamer edition of the “San Joaquin republican”, 1852 (With guiding questions)
Excerpt of “Immigration Policy in US History: From 1790 to the Late Nineteenth Century” by Natalia Molina, Professor of History and Ethnicity, University of Southern California (Excerpts with guiding questions)
Collection of Native American Sources on the Dawes Act of 1887. (Quotes, excerpts, and images with guiding questions)
The Smoky Hill and Republican union. [volume], May 29, 1862. (Excerpts and guiding questions)
The Industrial Revolution
Westinghouse Works video – women at work in a factory taping coils. From the Library of Congress collection, Inside an American Factory: Films of the Westinghouse Works, 1904 collection.
Images of children at work at the turn of the century from the National Child Labor Committee Collection in the Library of Congress.
World War I
A collection of World War I posters focused on messages about/for women in the United States. These images come from the Library of Congress collection.
Hip Hop Culture
The Cornell Hip Hop Collection includes the digitized images from the Adler Hip Hop Archive documenting the history of the American culture known as hip hop. Here you will find a selection of images from the collection, prepared documents with background information and guiding questions that you could use with students, and PDFs of the original collection entries including more selected images.