Smithsonian Libraries Gov Docs/Exhibit: The Making of a Homemaker Sustaining a home and healthy family was a full time job for middle class women in late nineteenth century America. To almost all, a comprehensive domestic guidebook could be indispensable. These books were primarily aimed at the middle and upper class female, who saw keeping a healthy and happy home her role in life. Not only did they detail the day-to-day activities of a homemaker, but also prescribed the appropriate moral…

Smithsonian Libraries Gov Docs/Exhibit: The Making of a Homemaker Sustaining a home and healthy family was a full time job for middle class women in late nineteenth century America. To almost all, a comprehensive domestic guidebook could be indispensable. These books were primarily aimed at the middle and upper class female, who saw keeping a healthy and happy home her role in life. Not only did they detail the day-to-day activities of a homemaker, but also prescribed the appropriate moral…

Mexican Identity: Juana Gallegos's story - While there is no single Mexican immigrant experience, the story of Juana Gallegos is fairly typical of those who migrated in the early 20th century. Born in 1900 in the rural town of Miquihuana, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Juana’s life was disrupted by shifts in agriculture, the building of a national railway system, and the Mexican Revolution.    Although Juana left Mexico in 1923, she never stopped visiting her relatives or thinking of herself as…

Mexican Identity: Juana Gallegos's story - While there is no single Mexican immigrant experience, the story of Juana Gallegos is fairly typical of those who migrated in the early 20th century. Born in 1900 in the rural town of Miquihuana, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Juana’s life was disrupted by shifts in agriculture, the building of a national railway system, and the Mexican Revolution. Although Juana left Mexico in 1923, she never stopped visiting her relatives or thinking of herself as…

The Rockford Peaches. 1945. Library of Congress. LC Blog - A League of Their Own.

The Rockford Peaches. 1945. Library of Congress. LC Blog - A League of Their Own.

Portrait of Sarah Vaughan, Café Society (Downtown)(?), New York, N.Y., ca. Aug. 1946. Photograph by William P. Gottlieb. William P. Gottlieb Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Portrait of Sarah Vaughan, Café Society (Downtown)(?), New York, N.Y., ca. Aug. 1946. Photograph by William P. Gottlieb. William P. Gottlieb Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

LOC Gov Docs/Collection: Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860 Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860 contains just over a hundred pamphlets and books (published between 1772 and 1889) concerning the difficult and troubling experiences of African and African-American slaves in the American colonies and the United States. The documents, most from the Law Library and the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, comprise an assortment of trials and cases, reports, arguments…

LOC Gov Docs/Collection: Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860 Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860 contains just over a hundred pamphlets and books (published between 1772 and 1889) concerning the difficult and troubling experiences of African and African-American slaves in the American colonies and the United States. The documents, most from the Law Library and the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, comprise an assortment of trials and cases, reports, arguments…

The Daniel A. P. Murray Pamphlet Collection presents a panoramic and eclectic review of African-American history and culture, spanning almost one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, with the bulk of the material published between 1875 and 1900. Among the authors represented are Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Benjamin W. Arnett, Alexander Crummel, and Emanuel Love.

The Daniel A. P. Murray Pamphlet Collection presents a panoramic and eclectic review of African-American history and culture, spanning almost one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, with the bulk of the material published between 1875 and 1900. Among the authors represented are Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Benjamin W. Arnett, Alexander Crummel, and Emanuel Love.

1945 "Guide To Command of Negro Naval Personnel" - fascinating text at link. What were the daily problems of "Negro Personnel," esp. at bases in segregated areas? What handicaps did recruits have on arrival, & how did they strive to overcome them & excel? How did bad officers inflame tensions,  did good officers educate themselves to improve? If you update the language, it contains some advice that would be valuable today to white people who haven't thought about some issues. Your comments?

1945 "Guide To Command of Negro Naval Personnel" - fascinating text at link. What were the daily problems of "Negro Personnel," esp. at bases in segregated areas? What handicaps did recruits have on arrival, & how did they strive to overcome them & excel? How did bad officers inflame tensions, did good officers educate themselves to improve? If you update the language, it contains some advice that would be valuable today to white people who haven't thought about some issues. Your comments?

In a letter to President William McKinley dated April 5, 1898, famed sharpshooter Annie Oakley offered up an interesting service. The United States was on the cusp of a war with Spain. In case a war was to break out, Oakley offered the government the service and expertise of 50 “lady sharpshooters” who would also provide their own arms and ammunition. McKinley did not accept her offer.

In a letter to President William McKinley dated April 5, 1898, famed sharpshooter Annie Oakley offered up an interesting service. The United States was on the cusp of a war with Spain. In case a war was to break out, Oakley offered the government the service and expertise of 50 “lady sharpshooters” who would also provide their own arms and ammunition. McKinley did not accept her offer.

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