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This is a blog that explores the history of the Great War (WWI) and the lives of American Soldiers through out. It is featured by the US. National Archives in Washington DC. When the United States declared war on Germany in April 1917, President Woodrow Wilson undertook a massive propaganda campaign to expand support for the war. He declared that, America would help make the world “safe for democracy.” Democracy...
This is a secondary source designed by Humanities Texas that include excerpts from the report of Lieutenant Neil M. Howison in 1846. If historical documents are passports for time travel, there is no better embarkation point than the stacks of the National Archives. On dimly lit shelves, gray Hollinger manuscript boxes and bound volumes preserve countless handwritten reports, petitions, and letters spanning more...
This lesson was part of a collaboration between the Library of Congress and National History Day. This version appeared in the 2015 NHD theme book and is supplemented with additional Texas newspaper resources. Chronicling America makes digital copies of newspapers from around the country dated between 1836 and 1922 available online. Available through the Library of Congress with support from the National Endowment...
This book is about the Pecan shellers strike in San Antonio. On January 31, 1938, some 10,000 pecan plant workers walked off their jobs in San Antonio. The strikers — primarily Mexican-American women — were fed up with toiling in the city’s stuffy, tuberculosis-inducing pecan-shelling plants, shredding their fingers for 6 cents a pound. Activist Emma Tenayuca, nicknamed “La Pasionaria” for her fiery personality,...
The goal of this guide is to enhance your students’ visit to the exhibit A Destined Conflict: The U.S. - Mexican War. The lessons were excerpted from Curriculum Guide for Teaching Texas History, which is available for download at http://www.sanjacintomuseum.org/Education/For_Teachers/. Lesson documents are in PDF format for ease of downloading, but Word versions are available to teachers on request to insure...
Admiral Chester Nimitz was assigned as commander-in-chief of the Pacific Fleet following the Pearl Harbor attack. Joe Cavanaugh and James D. Hornfischer elaborate on the life of Admiral Nimitz that prepared him for the role, including his childhood in Fredericksburg, Texas.
As America entered WWII, it was apparent that U.S. naval aviation technology ranked behind Japanese technology. Joe Cavanaugh and James D. Hornfischer discuss the changes to U.S. military technology and mindset during the 1940s
Joe Cavanaugh and James D. Hornfischer describe the period of American globalization and expansion of commerce that preceded the attack on Pearl Harbor, and detail the reasons for engaging in war with Japan.
Part one of the Texas Talk, The 75th Commemoration of Pearl Harbor and the Texas Connection with James D. Hornfischer. Joe Cavanaugh and James D. Hornfischer respond to the question of how Pearl Harbor resonates with audiences 75 years later.
The 75th Commemoration of Pearl Harbor and the Texas Connection with James D. Hornfischer. Bestselling author James D. Hornfischer and Joe Cavanaugh from the National Museum of the Pacific War discuss the history surrounding the attack on Pearl Harbor and its connection to Texas. Admiral Chester Nimitz was named the commander-in-chief of the Pacific Fleet weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and led America's...
This is the biography featured by NASA on JUDITH A. RESNIK (PH.D.) NASA ASTRONAUT from Texas who was aboard the Challenger. PERSONAL DATA: Born April 5, 1949, in Akron, Ohio. Died January 28, 1986. Unmarried. She was a classical pianist and also enjoyed bicycling, running, and flying during her free time. EDUCATION: Graduated from Firestone High School, Akron, Ohio, in 1966; received a bachelor of science degree in...
Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution (TXSSAR) Archive is a resource uploaded by the University of North Texas. The Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution (TXSSAR) Archive contains materials donated by TXSSAR State Organizations, TXSSAR Local Chapters, and TXSSAR members and their families. It covers over a century of materials, from bound volumes of original membership applications through current...
This is a project developed through the generous support from the Humanities Media Project at The University of Texas at Austin's College of Liberal Arts, the African and African Diaspora Studies Department, and the Department of History. This website offers a digital visual history of Matagorda County by photographing archival documents and historical sites in the region. It expands on contemporary understandings...
This is an article written by C.W. Raines on enduring laws of the Republic of Texas that include the Texas Education Law passed in 1839.
This article provides an overview of the History of Public Education in Texas from the Texas Education Agency.
The Museum of South Texas History began the Sunday Speaker Series of the New Year in January with a talk by Joseph Fox about Lone Star beer’s 1970s marketing campaign. Upcoming talks feature the evolution of women's fashion and Confederate and Union Tejanos. The Sunday Speaker Series features talks that span various aspects of Texas history and culture. The series is free with regular admission into the museum. The...
TAMI is happy to release its newest lesson plan, Texas in Transition: Social, Political, and Economic Issues in 1920s Texas. Completely free and full of primary source materials, Texas in Transition uses a project-based learning approach to improve retention of new content and develop students’ personal ties to the past. Accompanying worksheets and an annotated list of resources for additional research are also...
The Bullock Texas State History Museum presents an up-close look at 81 of its artifacts in a full-color coffee-table book, “Seeing Texas History” (University of Texas Press, $40 hardcover). The artifact photographs are arranged chronologically, beginning with an ancient tool made from a rabbit jaw and continuing through cultural and historical items from modern-day Texas. Each picture is accompanied by a short text...
Every year the Texas Library Association and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission announces the Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List, collecting and recognizing children's graphic novels appropriate for grades K-5.
Women and the Rangers: Mothers, Wives, & Daughters. The words “Texas Ranger” do not usually call to mind the picture of a woman, yet women have played an important part in the history of the Rangers. They have been mothers and grandmothers, sisters and daughters, sweethearts and wives, aunts and nieces, friends and foes. Women were also commissioned as Special Rangers in the 1920s – 1940s, with one even...
After the Civil War, Confederate veterans turned to the state government to provide pensions for their services. Dr. Randolph "Mike" Campbell explains the Confederate pension system in Texas. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Dr. Randolph "Mike" Campbell traces the process that Dora Shaw went through while applying for a pension as a widow of an African American Confederate veteran. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
After the Civil War, Confederate veterans turned to the state government to provide pensions for their services. Dr. Randolph "Mike" Campbell explains the Confederate pension system in Texas. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Dr. Randolph "Mike" Campbell uses primary research to tell the story of Guy Shaw, an African American who lived in Harrison County and received a Confederate veterans' pension. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Join TSHA Chief Historian Randolph “Mike” Campbell as he reveals an untold story he uncovered while researching for his book, A Southern Community in Crisis: Harrison County, Texas 1850-1880. “Texas Confederate Veteran Pensions: The Curious Cases of Guy and Dora Shaw of Harrison County,” focuses on the complex race relations in East Texas following the Civil War. Dr. Campbell uses primary archival sources to tell...
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