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Top 10 eBooks for Social Studies Teachers

Top 10 eBooks for Social Studies Teachers | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
With hundreds of different topics to study between the major Social Studies disciplines, it can be a complete drag to pick out the best eBooks for your students.
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Resources from Rhode Island College History and Social Studies educators for the classroom http://geographyeducation.org
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The Posters that Warned against the Horrors of a World with Women’s Rights

The Posters that Warned against the Horrors of a World with Women’s Rights | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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Monopoly Was Designed to Teach the 99% About Income Inequality

Monopoly Was Designed to Teach the 99% About Income Inequality | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"In the 1930s, at the height of the Great Depression, a down-on-his-luck family man named Charles Darrow invented a game to entertain his friends and loved ones, using an oilcloth as a playing surface. He called the game Monopoly, and when he sold it to Parker Brothers he became fantastically rich—an inspiring Horatio Alger tale of homegrown innovation if ever there was one.

Or is it? I spent five years researching the game’s history for my new book, The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game, and found that Monopoly’s story began decades earlier, with an all-but-forgotten woman named Lizzie Magie, an artist, writer, feminist and inventor."

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The 100 Most Influential Figures in American History

The 100 Most Influential Figures in American History | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"Was Walt Disney really more influential than Elizabeth Cady Stanton? John D. Rockefeller than Bill Gates? Babe Ruth than Frank Lloyd Wright? Explore more from The Atlantic on the most influential figures in American history right here."

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This is an incredible list...everyone on the list fits my personal idea of "Americans that every educated American should know about" person."

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23 maps that explain how Democrats went from the party of racism to the party of Obama

The party originally supported slavery and Indian removal.


The Democratic Party is the longest-existing political party in the US, and arguably the world. But in its over 180 year existence, it's completed a remarkable ideological and geographic transformation. Originally a staunch defender of Southern slavery, the party now wins the support of most nonwhite voters. Once an advocate of rural interests against coastal elites, the party now draws much of its strength from cities and coastal areas. These maps tell the tale of the Democratic Party's origins, its various metamorphoses, and the sources of its strength — and weaknesses — today.

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Roosevelt's 'Date of Infamy' Speech

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Listen to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt deliver his "Date of Infamy" appeal to Congress, one of the most important political speeches of the 20th century.
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World War One Through Arab Eyes

World War One Through Arab Eyes | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
One hundred years after the Ottomans joined the war, this three-part series tells the story from an Arab perspective.
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This was programmed on Al Jazeera

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Before Rosa Parks, There Was Claudette Colvin

Before Rosa Parks, There Was Claudette Colvin | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Most people know about Rosa Parks and the 1955 Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott. But nine months before Parks sat down and refused to move, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin refused to give up her seat on the same bus system. She was one of a number of women who refused to give up their seats in protest of Jim Crow segregation laws.
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How Did Gettysburg Smell? How Did Vicksburg Taste? A Sensory History of the Civil War.

How Did Gettysburg Smell? How Did Vicksburg Taste? A Sensory History of the Civil War. | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"Hancock (a nurse) was so overcome by the smell that she viewed it as an oppressive, malignant force, capable of killing the wounded men who were forced to lie amid the corpses until the medical corps could reach them. Hancock’s account, vivid in its horror, proves the limitations of the visual record of war. No photograph of the aftermath of the battle, writes Smith, could “capture the sounds, the groans or the rustle of twitching bodies”—and no image could ever capture that smell.

The Smell of Battle is an unconventional history of the Civil War, written with special attention to olfaction, touch, taste, sight, and hearing. It joins other recent histories of the war—Drew Gilpin Faust’s This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War; Michael C.C. Adams’ Living Hell: The Dark Side of the Civil War—in trying to represent the war’s massive levels of death and disruption so that 21st-century readers will really feel the history, deep in their bones."

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FBI threats to MLK prompt snooping warnings

FBI threats to MLK prompt snooping warnings | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Heavily redacted versions of the 1964 letter have been available for years, but an uncensored copy was recently discovered by Yale historian Beverly Gage. Now revealed are brazen threats to smear King by making details of his numerous extramarital affairs public and hints at an audiotape that may have accompanied the letter.

While the letter is unsigned, a Senate Committee confirmed a decade after it was sent that it had come from the FBI during then-Director J. Edgar Hoover's five-decade-long leadership of the bureau.
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The Real Johnny Appleseed Brought Apples—and Booze—to the American Frontier

The Real Johnny Appleseed Brought Apples—and Booze—to the American Frontier | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The apples John Chapman brought to the frontier were very different than today's apples—and they weren't meant to be eaten


John Chapman died in 1845, and many of his orchards and apple varieties didn't survive much longer. During Prohibition, apple trees that produced sour, bitter apples used for cider were often chopped down by FBI agents, effectively erasing cider, along with Chapman's true history, from American life.
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American Civil War: Daily Gains

"See every day of the American Civil War unfold as the Union fights against the Confederacy to reunite the country in a bitter struggle."


The Civil War was a crucial moment in American history, a bitter struggle for the nation’s future and, depending on how you look at it, it was basically over before it began.  Looking at a dynamic map of the war shows just how hard-pressed the Confederacy was from the start — and how the Union attacked from all sides to crush the South.

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Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns

Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
'Teachers work hard, but I now think that conscientious students work harder. '
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Today in History...

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"The Cuban missile crisis as it was reported in The Times, 52 years ago today."

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The Cuban Missile crisis was some thing Kennedy avoided

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The Evolution of Women's Workwear Through the Decades

The Evolution of Women's Workwear Through the Decades | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Clothes say a lot about women's evolving roles in the workplace. A history of 20th century office fashion in photos.
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Before Ebola, Ellis Island’s terrifying medical inspections

Before Ebola, Ellis Island’s terrifying medical inspections | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Oct. 15, 1966 marked the day that Ellis Island (along with Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty) was officially listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
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This is a timely opportunity to stitch some good American History into the current events that are dominating the airwaves. 

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History vs. Christopher Columbus

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/history-vs-christopher-columbus-alex-gendler  Many people in the United States and Latin America have grown up celebrating the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s voyage. But was he an intrepid explorer who brought two worlds together or a ruthless exploiter who brought colonialism and slavery? And did he even discover America at all? Alex Gendler puts Columbus on the stand in History vs. Christopher Columbus.

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This is excellent. Look zt it and share.

 

 

Stephen Zimmett's curator insight, October 17, 5:34 PM

Christopher Columbus slaughtered many indians   in his quest to find  what we thought was his quest to discover America. He was ruthless and barbaric.  Honoring him on Columbus Day is a real misgiving for the American people.

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Quiz: Can You Figure Out the Meaning of Centuries-Old Slang?

Quiz: Can You Figure Out the Meaning of Centuries-Old Slang? | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The words historical thesaurus may send children running to the hills, for fear they're likely to be bored to death by some fellow with a…
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How the Berlin Wall Fell

When TIME sent photographer Anthony Suau to cover the opening of the border between East and West Berlin in 1989, he knew it could be the story of a lifetime


In 1961, the communist government of East Germany erected a wall between the democratic West Berlin and communist East Berlin. For the next 28 years, the wall, which prevented most East Germans from defecting to the West, became a symbol of the Cold War. Photographer Anthony Suau shows us, through his photographs, how in November of 1989, the Berlin Wall fell and Germans began to reunite.

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If you are interested you should watch this video

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The Real Pirates of the Caribbean

The Real Pirates of the Caribbean | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Explore the travels and exploits of five real pirates of the Caribbean. Click through the tabs to track the adventures of each pirate overlaid on Spanish ports and pirate strongholds in the area. Zoom into the map to see additional detail.
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This interactive StoryMap is great way to show the historical and geographic context of colonial-era piracy in the Caribbean.

 

Tags: Middle America, ESRI, mapping, historical.

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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, February 11, 1:54 PM

Pirates were real in this specific time period. But lets just say they were no the type we think of today that Blockbusters glorify. These types of pirates would have beeen working to discover treasures from the Tierra Firme trade line. The point of origin for the South American 'Tierra Firme' Treasure Fleets, ran from Portobelo (Panama) to the Orinoco Delta.

Jess Deady's curator insight, April 17, 10:27 AM

This is a fun exercise than can be used in many classrooms. I like being able to scroll through and zoom into what maps what I want to look at. Also, children love pirates (or most of them anyway) and this would be a great map to bring into their worlds.

Pascal Bazzea's curator insight, July 17, 8:00 AM

Un peu d'histoire... un peu 

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To understand life in East Germany, all you need is this board game

To understand life in East Germany, all you need is this board game | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The board game called Bürokratopoly isn't about getting filthy rich, though players might feel filthy after they're done playing. The popular German game was created by dissidents in communist East Germany years ago as a satire about power and corruption. Now it has become a teaching tool for German kids trying to understand what it was like to live in the Communist East.
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Gas Prices of Yesteryear

Gas Prices of Yesteryear | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"Gas Prices, 1939 http://pic.twitter.com/o8R1lmPd9X "

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US Constitution Day Activities and Lesson Plans

US Constitution Day Activities and Lesson Plans | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"Visit Us Online for US Constitution Day Activities and Lesson Plans. www.ConstitutionDay.cc  Provides Educational Resources and Links to Help Educators."

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Today the United States Constitution is 227 years old.  It was created to defend liberty and protect the individuals from the Government.  This site is your one-stop stop to get teaching resources on the Constitution.  

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Teaching about Emmett Till

Teaching about Emmett Till | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"In memory, Emmett Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955). Lynched this day in history. Till was crucified by the mainstream press. Headlines from newspapers such as the Washington Post referred to him as the 'Wolf-Whistler.' (A 9/19/1955 article in the Post begins: 'Two white men, accused of killing a wolf-whistling Negro boy, went on trial in a steamy Mississippi Delta courtroom today, their two-year-old boys in their laps.' Till's mother's courageous decision, to have an open casket funeral and share photos of his mutilated body with the world, helped inspire the modern civil rights movement."

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Revisionist history would have us imagine that the Civil Rights movement was not triggered by moments of horrific miscarriages of justice; this was one of those galvinizing events.  Here are classroom resources about Emmett Till (A key primary document is the Look Magazine interview with the murderers).

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, August 30, 1:12 AM

This is a part of my personal history remembrance. At the time there was no press that reported on this. Just JET Magazine and the black newspapers the Journal and Guide. The pictures were so unusual that we all gasped. The body was repulsively mutilated. I can still see the images in my mind.

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DC's darkest day, a war that no one remembers

DC's darkest day, a war that no one remembers | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
DC's darkest day, a war that no one remembers
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I'm a geography professor at Rhode Island College. I tweet @ProfessorDixon I welcome suggestions & appreciate meaningful collaboration. http://geographyeducation.org