Using Historical Newspapers for Primary Source Analysis and Writing Prompts

Chronicling America, Library of Congress
This site provides access to digitized copies of historical newspapers from 1836 - 1922 for over 20 states (with more to be added). Use the advanced search features to search by subject, location, and/or date.

Boston Public Library Electronic Newspapers Databases
Click on the Boston Globe (1872 - 1922) via Access Newspaper Archive. Use the search by state feature to search by topic and date.
Note: To access the BPL newspapers collections you must have a BPL eCard. E-Card applications are available at: http://www.bpl.org/contact/form_ecard.php

Activator: Historical Newspaper Scavenger Hunt:

Extra, Extra: Using Historic Newspapers for Primary Source Analysis and Writing Prompts:

A Process for Reading Historical Newspaper Articles:

Morning Session:
The Wilsonian Moment: Woodrow Wilson's Post-World War I Diplomacy on the World Stage

Session/Recommended Readings:
Manela, Erez. The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism. London: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Manela, Erez. “Imagining Woodrow Wilson in Asia: Dreams of East-West Harmony and the Revolt Against Empire in 1919.” American Historical Review, 111 (2006), 1327 – 51.

Mao Zedong, “So Much for National Self-Determination,” “Poor Wilson,” and “Study the Extremist Party,” (1919), in Stuart R. Schram, ed. Mao’s Road to Power: Revolutionary Writings, 1912 – 1949, 7 vols (1992), I, 337 – 338.

Documents Referenced:

The Fourteen Points:

The League of Nations Covenant, Article 10:

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Afternoon Session:
Strategies for Seminar Discussion in the History Classroom

Overview/Instructional PowerPoint:


"Peace Without Victory" (Condensed):

Rubric for Determining a Seminar Text:

Sample Seminar Questions:

Script for Seminar Process:

Plan/Steps for Seminar:

Seminar Participant Reflection:

Sampler of Seminar Questions:

Seminar Questions for Peace without Victory:

Observer Roles:

Ranking and Quadrant Chart Example Questions: