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Challenges of a New Century (1898-1929)

What did Americans do about the war, immigrants, and changes in industry?

Topic 1: Yellow Journalism and the Spanish American War

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources about yellow journalism and its impact on America's entry into the Spanish American War.

color cartoon drawing of a man covering an ear while men play brass instruments around him


Topic 2: Childhood in the Early 20th Century

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources and relating to childhood in the early 20th-century.

a group of African-American children playing with a pedal car along a city street


Topic 3: William Hoy, Deaf Major League Baseball Player

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources related to William Hoy's baseball career.

sepia-toned image of a seated William Hoy from a baseball card


Topic 4: Conservationism and the Creation of Our National Parks

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources focusing on the the conservation movement of the Progressive Era, Theodore Roosevelt, and the creation of the National Parks.

 title screen from vintage black and white film with “Roosevelt Friend of the Birds” over a painted image of a white bird


Topic 5: Difficulties of Urban Life: The Great Baltimore Fire

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources related to the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 and illustrates difficulties of turn-of-the century urban living.

black and white photo of burned out buildings


Topic 6: Poison! Chemical Weapons in World War I

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources relating to the use of chemical weapons in World War I.

sepia-toned stereoscopic image of two soldiers repairing a phone line while wearing gas masks


Topic 7: Buying America: The Birth of Consumer Culture

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources focused on the rise in consumer culture and advertising during the 1920's.

vintage advertisement with a hand-drawn image of an automobile