Union Square opened as a public park in 1839, and by the first decades of the twentieth century was an established destination for anyone who wanted to stroll under the trees, shop for flowers, or just sit and read a newspaper. But it was also the site of a variety of large and small public demonstrations and events.
Uncle Sam is not only one of the most recognizable symbols of the United States, but also one of the most long-lived. He's been around for more than two centuries, and has taken on different roles, different outfits, and even different faces throughout his existence.
In the October 2017 issue of Social Education, the journal of the National Council for the Social Studies, our & "Sources and Strategies" article features two manuscript documents from individuals with very different responses to the armistice that ended the major fighting of World War I.
Teachers can help their students explore these moments and many more using the Library's newest primary source set, World War I. This set brings together primary sources that document a war that was like no other, and that brought about tremendous political, social, and technological changes.
As part of our commemoration of the one hundredth anniversary of U.S. involvement in World War I, the Library has launched a new World War I topic page bringing together the richest resources in our collections, along with information about special events and upcoming programs.
How can you share your response to a major world event? In the 19th and early 20th centuries, you might have put your thoughts down in a poem and sent it to a newspaper. The 1918 entry of the United States into World War I triggered an especially dramatic outpouring of these personal responses in verse.
The Library of Congress has a large online collection of posters from World War I, a time when especially engaging and effective posters were in use.