This past weekend we remembered Martin Luther King Jr. and his ideals. To extend the lesson in the classroom, one particular source to show students is a “March on Washington” poster from HSP's collection. It outlines the goals of the March and represents the need for equality, fair wages, jobs, and adequate housing for all Americans. This primary source is a wonderful example to show students the importance of civic engagement.
This blog was posted on behalf of Sarah Sharp, Global Educator for World Heritage Philadelphia
This post is by Jessica Tyson, a California public high school history teacher on sabbatical in Philadelphia.
Today, December 7th, we honor the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Regardless of age, the title of this blog in a quote by Franklin Roosevelt that is difficult to forget. As a nation, it has been forged into our psyche. We remember parents, and grandparents, talking about the effect of this day on their lives and families. This date is proof that a moment in time, such as the attack on Pearl Harbor, can change the course of history and human events.
“Judas sold only one man, Arnold three million” – Benjamin Franklin
The title of this blog is a quote found in the scrapbook of the United German Singers Collection. No, this has nothing to do with the von Trapp family from the Sound of Music; they were Austrian. Rather, these singing groups were mostly comprised of German immigrants. and The scrapbook from the first half of the 20th century details their programs and life for the German immigrants. One article that particularly stuck out to me was this very small clipping dated August 25th, 1914.
When the 19th Amendment was ratified on this day in 1920, Philadelphia was the largest city and Pennsylvania was by far the largest state in which women had not previously had the right to vote.
The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and now the nomination of our first female presidential candidate by a major political party - the list does not stop there as Philadelphia is a city of firsts. Another first for Philadelphia happened at the 1948 presidential convention, when the Democrats, Republicans, and Progressives all hosted conventions here in Philadelphia. These conventions made history as the first to be televised, yet they also were well-known for large scale protests, specifically against a Civil Rights platform.
"If I say goodbye the nation learns to move on. It outlives me when I'm gone" -- President George Washington from the musical Hamilton
Sometimes taking the extra minute to dive into the history of a document can help uncover an array of information previously unconsidered. The Pope’s Dream, is often used with students in our archives to illustrate the anti-Irish sentiment in the United States at the end of the 19th century.
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