The following is from Norma Thiese, AMF '99.
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I'll start. Although not in American Memory, I like showing evidence of
the writing process using various drafts of the Declaration of Independence
from <http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/declara/declara1.html> and
<http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/tr00.html>. The former address has
better narrative description and the latter has higher resolution images.
Also on writing process, the Walt Whitman notebooks
<http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/wwhtml/> require considerable pre-screening,
but are quite interesting and tie nicely with other items on the Library
site. (Warning: his barely legible handwriting can't be machine
transcribed--younger kids will definitely have trouble reading it.)
From <http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/wwhtml/gazette2.html>: Small enough to
fit in Walt Whitman's pocket or rucksack, the four worn notebooks contain
early pencil drafts of his poetry, cryptic observations on life on the
battlefield and death in Civil War hospitals, and detailed notes such as a
reporter would make for later reference.
The American Treasures exhibit highlights pages 65 and 68-72 from the
"Earliest Notebook" (apparently also known as "1847 Notebook").
For example, page 12 of Notebook 101 "Hospital Notebook" describes the
Antietam field hospital otherwise known as "Smith's Barn." A search
elsewhere in American Memory for "Antietam hospital" will turn up photographs.
In a few weeks, I am giving a presentation to language arts teachers,
grades 4--12, on the American Memory Collections. The focus of the
conference is on language arts and history. My session will be on how
documents from the AM collection can be used in the language arts classroom.
Do you have any favorite AM documents or lessons that you use with students
in the language arts curriculum?
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