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Why little boys wore dresses

Why little boys wore dresses | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
“No, they didn’t!” The group of third-grade students exclaimed. “Yes, they did.


Just to jog our cultural perceptions and remember that cultural norms (including gender norms) are socially constructed and change over time and space. 

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The Problem With History Classes

The Problem With History Classes | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Single-perspective narratives do students a gross disservice.
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I think the title should be "the problem with many history classes as envisioned by legislators, policy makers and other non-teachers."  

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MLK Jr. – The Uncomfortable Truths History Books Won’t Touch

MLK Jr. – The Uncomfortable Truths History Books Won’t Touch | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
For many, the words “I have a dream” are the only thing they associate with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Dr.

Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc, Lewis Walker, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, February 27, 2:12 PM

PRONABEC teachers, you heard and saw MLK's "I have a dream" speech.  Here's a link to another one of Dr. King's speeches.  It can be used to teach so many things.

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Sorry, Oklahoma. You don't get to ban history you don't like

Sorry, Oklahoma. You don't get to ban history you don't like | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Going after Advanced Placement History because it doesn’t teach “American Exceptionalism” is anything but patriotic
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An Anti-Suffrage Children's Book From 1910, Mocking "Baby" Activists

An Anti-Suffrage Children's Book From 1910, Mocking "Baby" Activists | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Anti-suffrage literature printed in the 1910s, as suffrage activists in the United States ramped up their campaign for enfranchisement, took a number of clever forms. Advocates like the members of the National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage tried to portray a desire for the franchise as foreign to women’s nature. (See, for example, the many anti-suffrage postcards that used humor to police gender roles, mocking women who wanted to vote as unnaturally aggressive and their husbands as unmanly.)

In this piece of anonymously-authored ephemera, suffragettes are pictured not as men, but as roly-poly three-year-old girls. They bear an array of placards whose slogans mix the actual platform items of women working for the vote (“Votes for Women,” “Equal Rights”) with petulant and childish demands (“No More Early Bedtimes,” “Cake Every Day”).

In the course of the book, the weak-willed protestors leave behind their goals one by one, after kissing boys, eating too many sweets, or simply falling asleep—a story that paints women’s desire for suffrage as frivolous and shallowly felt.
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Happy birthday, 15th and 16th Amendments

Happy birthday, 15th and 16th Amendments | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Today we celebrate a constitutional ratification twofer: the 15th Amendment (ratified February 3, 1870) and the 16th Amendment (ratified February 3, 1913). Here’s what you need to know.
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Boggle your students' minds by pointing out that the Supreme Court declared the income tax unconstitutional in 1895, but Americans loved it so much that they amended the Constitution to get it back.

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Without Technology, You'd be Dead in Days

Without Technology, You'd be Dead in Days | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
How humans evolved with technology, and why we would be extinct without it.


Our bodies are not configured to survive without the aid of technology. Without technology, we are birds without nests, beavers without dams. We cannot live without tools. We never have.

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This Was the First Instance of Science Changing the Way We Saw Time

This Was the First Instance of Science Changing the Way We Saw Time | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

There was an era in history, American history, during which every locality had its own time. People who didn't have access to satellite systems or even, necessarily, telegraphs, waited until the sun was directly overhead and set their clocks to noon. No one cared if their town clock was a few minutes off. And no one cared if the next town over had their noon at a slightly different time.

Then came the railroad. The railroad was fast, and suddenly what had been the journey of months became a journey of weeks or even days. The railroad also had to be kept fast – and profitable – and that meant selling tickets up and down the line, and telling people when they had to be at the station to get on board (hence, the need to create time zones and standardize time across places).

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Stephen Zimmett's curator insight, January 26, 2:14 PM

Interesting Story

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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
Messy Nessy Chic
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What Your Favorite Sport Looked Like When It Was Invented

What Your Favorite Sport Looked Like When It Was Invented | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
No Helmets And Less Padding
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Arlis Groves's curator insight, December 31, 2014 5:00 PM

They're all here.  What's your favorite sport?  

 

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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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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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Stephen Zimmett's curator insight, December 16, 2014 3:10 PM

This was programmed on Al Jazeera

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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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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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The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom

The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"Imagine you are a slave. You belong to a farmer who owns a tobacco plantation on the eastern shore of Maryland. Six long days a week you tend his field. But not for much longer . . .What will you do? Make your choices well as you embark on your journey to freedom.

 

To play The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom, you must download and install the free Sandstone Player Software on your computer. Sandstone is required to support the 3-D style interaction in the game. Click here to find instructions for downloading Sandstone on a Mac or PC.  The game is also available as both an iOS and an android app."


Tags: USA, historical, National Geographic.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 26, 3:14 PM

I enjoyed including the underground railroad in my Social Studies work. Canada played a role as the destination of many who escaped via the railway.

 

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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, February 27, 2:10 PM

This link could be used in a potential CLIL lesson.

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When Americans Lynched Mexicans

When Americans Lynched Mexicans | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Blacks weren’t the only victims of violence by white mobs.


While there are certainly instances in the history of the American South where law officers colluded in mob action, the level of engagement by local and state authorities in the reaction to the Plan de San Diego was remarkable. The lynchings persisted into the 1920s, eventually declining largely because of pressure from the Mexican government.

Historians have often ascribed to the South a distinctiveness that has set it apart from the rest of the United States. In so doing, they have created the impression of a peculiarly benighted region plagued by unparalleled levels of racial violence. The story of mob violence against Mexicans in the Southwest compels us to rethink the history of lynching.

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History of Lynchings in the South Documents Nearly 4,000 Names

History of Lynchings in the South Documents Nearly 4,000 Names | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
After compiling an inventory of 3,959 lynching victims in 12 Southern states from 1877 to 1950, the Equal Justice Initiative wants to erect markers and memorials on certain sites.


Tags: raceconflict, racism, historical, the Southlandscape.

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Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, February 16, 12:00 PM

Fascinating, extremely sad map regarding almost 4000 lynching victims in the US South from 1877 to 1950.  

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Map of Europe 1914 - 2014

Map of Europe 1914 - 2014 | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
When Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, on June 28 1914, few could have known it would reverberate for four years of brutal war, leading to the fall of three European empires and revolution in what would become the Soviet Union. The past 100 years have seen another World War and the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, but much of present-day Europe is based on the lines drawn following the conflict sparked by Princip's bullet.
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This interactive map has a nice 'slider' feature to compare the two maps. 

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Rowena Spence Cortina's curator insight, February 4, 11:11 AM

This map has a cool slider feature so that you can compare 1914 and 2014.  

Jamin's curator insight, February 21, 4:14 AM

Une double carte superposée comparant l'Europe en 1914 et en 2014. Il suffit de pousser le curseur vers la droite ou vers la gauche pour faire apparaître l'une ou l'autre carte. Un document intéressant pour voir l'évolution du territoire européen en un siècle. Première.

 

Kent College History's curator insight, February 23, 2:17 PM

Brilliant little map of Europe comparing national borders in 1914 and 2014.

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A century of National Geographic maps

A century of National Geographic maps | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Celebrating the 100th year of the National Geographic cartographic department, they provide a truncated roundup of the thousands of maps they've made over the past century. I liked this tidbit about the Germany map above:


Our maps haven't just chronicled history; they've made it. General Dwight D. Eisenhower carried our map of Germany during his 1945 offensive. When a B-17 carrying Admiral Chester Nimitz got lost in a rainstorm, the pilot landed safely using the Society's map of the Pacific war theater. The map, Nimitz later wrote Gilbert H. Grosvenor, "lent an unexpected but most welcome helping hand."

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Why Historical Maps Still Matter So Much, Even Today

Why Historical Maps Still Matter So Much, Even Today | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Mega-collector David Rumsey explains how maps are an "archive of information."


With 150,000 or so old print maps to his name, David Rumsey has earned his reputed place among the world's "finest private collectors." But the 69-year-old San Francisco collector doesn't have any intention of resting on his cartographic laurels. He continues to expand his personal trove as well as the digitized sub-collection he makes open to the public online — some 38,000 strong, and growing.

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Gadsden Purchase Establishes US-Mexico Border

Gadsden Purchase Establishes US-Mexico Border | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
On December 30, 1853, the United States and Mexico established their existing border with the completion of the Gadsden Purchase.
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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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Roosevelt's 'Date of Infamy' Speech

Roosevelt's 'Date of Infamy' Speech | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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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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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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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