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What is Chronicling America?

EDSITEment Resources for National History Day 2013/14: Rights and Responsibilities in History

The Theme for National History Day 2013–2014 is “Rights and Responsibilities in History”:  a fascinating subject with lots of potential for a really unique and winning project—if you have the resources to carry it out.

EDSITEment staff has been putting together the best humanities resources for over sixteen years with substantial, timely lessons built around primary sources, websites created and vetted by experts in the field, award-winning films, and databases like Chronicling America.

What is Chronicling America?

Leadership and Legacy in History: How to Use Chronicling America for National History Day Project 2015

Chronicling America: A Unique Collection of Primary Sources

You may already know about Chronicling America, the long standing partnership between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, which provides free access to almost 8 million digitalized pages of America’s Historic Newspapers from 1836–1922. But did you know what unique types of primary source information this collection contains?

Historian Carter G. Woodson establishes “Negro History Week”

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Julia Ward Howe composes “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”

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Picturing Early America: People, Places, and Events 1770–1870

A resource developed from NEH Summer Institutes held at Salem State University that explore early American art and culture. The website assists teachers of American history, literature, art, geography, social studies, American studies, and other fields who wish to incorporate American art into their classrooms. It includes podcasts, unit plans, and print and electronic bibliographies.

What is Chronicling America?

An Introduction to Chronicling America


  • John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath”: Verbal Pictures

    Created December 17, 2012
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    Students align original FSA photographs from the 1930s and the author’s own journal entries, to trace parallel elements John Steinbeck then incorporated into passages in The Grapes of Wrath.

    President Barack Obama is sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts

    Presidential Inaugurations: A Capitol Parade on a Cold Winter's Day

    The cornerstone of the inaugural ceremony is the inaugural address. Each president attempts to outline in the course he hopes to follow over the coming years in just a few short pages.

    Rickett's and Steinbeck's Sea of Cortez sardine boat, The Western Flyer, at dock

    Tracking John Steinbeck in "The Grapes of Wrath"

    Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw teams with Bill Gilly, professor of Marine Biology at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station to discuss the influence of Steinbeck’s best friend, marine biologist Ed Ricketts, on Steinbeck and his work— in particular, "The Grapes of Wrath."

    How Teachers Can Make the Most of “The Dust Bowl”

    Related EDSITEment Lesson Plans and other Content for Dust Bowl

    Florence Thompson and her children in pea pickers campConnect to the Dust Bowl through these peer-reviewed lessons and websites from EDSITEment.