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How do the speeches of Sojourner Truth and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper differ? Historian Carla Peterson examines documents for answers. [...] »

Diaries give a personal view of historical events. Historian Peter Hahn interprets the diary of Robert Ode, kept as he was held hostage in Iran. [...] »

Notices for Japanese-Americans to report to camps. LOC

How did the World War II internment of Japanese Americans happen? Historian Frank Wu examines Executive Order 9066. [...] »

Photo, Baseball game, Manzanar Relocation Center, Calif., 1945, Ansel Adams, LoC

If the U.S. interned you and your family, how would you respond? [...] »

Newspaper article published in the Patriot press in 1775

Smithsonian Barbara Clark Smith looks at what a colonial newspaper article says—and doesn't say—about a Patriot protest. [...] »

1804 inventory listing possessions of Thomas Springer of Delaware

What can an inventory tell you about daily life in Delaware in 1804? Curator Barbara Clark Smith asks this document four questions. [...] »

Bartleby, The Scrivener in Putnam's Monthly in November and December 1853

Is reading a piece of historic literature once enough? Not if you want to get the most out of literary sources. [...] »

Untitled daguerreotype of Niagara Falls taken in 1853 by Platt Babbitt

What does an 1853 daguerreotype have to say? Plenty, says Frank Goodyear, particularly about tourist culture and the rise of railroads and photography. [...] »

Portrait of Bill Tatnall playing the guitar during a 1935 recording expedition

Written primary sources only tell you so much. To learn about history that was never written down, listen to sources like these two songs. [...] »

Milk Tickets for Babies, in Place of Milk, created by Thomas Nast in 1876

Today, we accept paper—and electronic—money as a fact of life. Historian Michael O'Malley analyzes an 1876 cartoon criticizing "greenbacks." [...] »

 
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