I checked out some of the historical events that happened in the month of November—then I search the Library of Congress database for links to those events. To my surprise, all of the historical events I searched for turned up digitized information for the following famous people and dates:
- November 1, 1770—the War of Spanish Succession begins with the death of Charles II of Spain:
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gdc/scd0001.00215498487 Gustavus Adolphus; a history of the art of war from its revival after the middle ages to the end of the Spanish succession war, with a detailed account of the campaigns of the great Swede, and of the most famous campaign of Turenne, Condé, Eugene and Marlborough. With 237 charts, maps, plans of battles and tactical manoeuvres, cuts of uniforms, arms, and weapons, by Theodore Ayrault Dodge. This is a treasure-filled book of charts and maps of European battles from 1594-1714.
- Peter I was proclaimed the Emperor of all the Russias on November 2, 1721. Using the search term “Peter I of Russia,” I found pictures; a book, A Memoir of the Life of Peter the Great by John Barrow http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gdc/scd0001.00092032218; and a play, Peter the Great, a Play in Five Acts at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gdc/scd0001.00069298679.
- Daniel Boone was born on November 2, 1734. Searching with the term “Daniel Boone, I found that the Library collection has pictures and drawings of him and two digitized books, one titled the Life of Daniel Boone http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gdc/scd0001.00145707493, and the other is Daniel Boone, Pioneer of Kentucky by John S.C. Abbott, http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gdc/scd0001.00054065139.
- November 7, 1811: General William H. Harrison led 1000 Americans in a battle which defeated the Shawnee Indians at the Battle of Tippecanoe in Indiana. The Library has letters to General Harrison from famous Americans, a digitized biography of him, and some prints depicting the General.
- November 8, 1519: Hernando Cortes conquered Mexico. Searching the Library’s site under his name, I found prints and engravings, a photo of a monument to him in Spain, and two digitized books detailing his exploits.
- November 9-10, 1938: Kristallnacht (night of broken glass) in Germany. Nazi mobs burned synagogues and vandalized Jewish businesses and homes. The Library has a series of Jewish American Heritage Month Stories (http://www.jewishheritagemonth.gov/stories.html for one) and a Teachers Site at http://www.jewishheritagemonth.gov/teachers.html, and also photos from that event.
Send your students to these sites for interesting primary sources that will add zest to your lessons.