Bookmark This: Living History


Many ASCD members and readers of the Inservice feature My Back Pages know how fun and interesting it can be to read articles published in Educational Leadership from decades past—particularly when the full image of the publication is preserved, advertisements, illustrations, and all.

On a much larger scale, the Web site Chronicling America is preserving history through a vast archive of American newspaper images from the 19th and early 20th century. On August 1, the site added 73,000 new pages of content, including newspapers from Nebraska and Texas, bringing the total pages on the site to 642,000, spanning the years 1890–1910.

A joint project of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment of the Humanities, the site is a great way to bring a digital edge to an exploration of history. A search of the database for “presidential election,” for example, yields an article from the San Francisco Call‘s February 18, 1904, edition on Grover Cleveland’s address to Democrats. Cleveland urges his party to victory in the upcoming election; Cleveland “says obsolete issues no longer challenging popular interest should be manfully abandoned”!

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