Martin Luther King and the American Civil Rights Movement in Visual Culture Monographs

A bibliography of titles in the Libraries on Martin Luther King, Jr. created by Amber Thiele can be accessed as an electronic resource (opens as PDF).

Rosa Parks, Mother of the American Civil Rights Movement

“When I declined to give up my seat, it was not that day. Or bus, in particular. I just wanted to be free like everybody else. I did not want to be continually humiliated over something I had no control over: the color of my skin.”

Thanksgiving Day in America

The Smithsonian American Art/National Portrait Gallery Library houses two issues, November 29, 1862 and December 3, 1864, of Harper’s Weekly containing illustrations depicting troops celebrating Thanksgiving at the front. The illustrations were done for the newspaper by Winslow Homer (1836-1910), who is regarded as one of America’s finest artists.

Veterans Day and Memorial Day—Two Federal Holidays Honoring those Who Serve With Honor

The nation’s second federal holiday instituted to honor those serving in the armed forces is Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day. President Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) proclaimed Armistice Day to be November 11, the date of the cessation of battles between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. In European countries this day has been known as Remembrance Day, Armistice Day or Poppy Day.

National Dog Appreciation Day—August 26

From cave paintings to modern video artists have been inspired by dogs and illustrated their gratitude through all artistic medium. The Smithsonian American Art/National Portrait Gallery Library holds monographs on the subject of dogs in art.

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