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Why a medieval peasant got more vacation time than you

Why a medieval peasant got more vacation time than you | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
John Maynard Keynes, one of the founders of modern economics, made a famous prediction that by 2030, advanced societies would be wealthy enough that leisure time, rather than work, would characterize national lifestyles.
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Here are two articles that might change how you think about the past: the first discusses historical changes in vacations and holidays (we get less now than ever before) and the second discusses historical changes to sleeping patterns (1 8-hour stint is a new thing).  Somethings we erroneously assume that everything is better now than it used to be (or vice versa depending on the issue and your perspective), but the course of human history and is much more complicated than that.  

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Jennifer Ryan's curator insight, September 11, 2013 11:02 PM

issomething is this history being rewritten? Or, have we been getting the wrong message from someone?

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Historian Says Don't 'Sanitize' How Our Government Created Ghettos

Historian Says Don't 'Sanitize' How Our Government Created Ghettos | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"We have a myth today that the ghettos in metropolitan areas around the country are what the Supreme Court calls 'de-facto' — just the accident of the fact that people have not enough income to move into middle class neighborhoods or because real estate agents steered black and white families to different neighborhoods or because there was white flight.  It was not the unintended effect of benign policies, it was an explicit, racially purposeful policy that was pursued at all levels of government, and that's the reason we have these ghettos today and we are reaping the fruits of those policies."


Tags: economicrace, racism, historical, neighborhoodpodcast, urban, place, poverty, socioeconomic.

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Has chess got anything to do with war?

Has chess got anything to do with war? | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
From ancient India to the computer age, the military has used chess as both a metaphor and even as training for warfare.


There is nothing more dangerous - or deafening - than warfare. And there are few pursuits that are as safe and as quiet as chess.

Yet chess began in 6th Century India as a 64-square board game, called Chaturanga, precisely modelled on the military forces of the day. There were "elephants", "chariots" and "'infantrymen".

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Kaye De Petro's curator insight, May 4, 7:32 PM

To add interest to  my class room I would start my students' study of Medieval history with the history of chess - they found it fascinating!

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France Wins Battle Against Belgium's Plan For A Waterloo Coin

France Wins Battle Against Belgium's Plan For A Waterloo Coin | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
A two-euro coin commemorating the bicentennial of Napoleon Bonaparte's defeat will not be widely released, after France objected to what it called a "negative symbol."
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Celebrating national history is great...but if your moment of greatest triumph comes at the expense of a country that is now in an supranational organization with you...well, then it can get awkward.

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Kaye De Petro's curator insight, April 15, 7:46 PM

Surely after 200 years the French can be big enough to accept defeat!

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The Amritsar Massacre

The Amritsar Massacre | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Early in April 1919 news of the arrest of Indian nationalist leaders in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar sparked riots in which a mob went on the rampage, killing several Europeans, leaving an English female missionary for dead, and looting numerous banks and public buildings. British and Indian troops under the command of Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer were sent to restore order and Dyer banned all public meetings which, he announced, would be dispersed by force if necessary.

Despite this, thousands gathered in protest in a walled enclosure called the Jallianwala Bagh, near the city’s Golden Temple, sacred to Sikhs. Dyer marched a force of 90 Gurkha and Indian soldiers into the enclosure and, without warning, they opened fire for about 10 to 15 minutes on the panicking crowd trapped in the enclosure. According to an official figure, 379 were killed and some 1,200 wounded, though other estimates suggest much higher casualties.
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April 13, 1919.  This was a pivotal moment that propelled the independence movement in India, and help Gandhi get more popular support. 

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Women On 20s

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Women On 20s aims to compel historic change by convincing President Obama that NOW is the time to put a woman's face on our paper currency. But who should it be? We believe that's for you, the public, to decide from a slate of inspiring American women heroes.
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History isn't just about the past--it's also a communal experience about how we collectively choose to remember the past.  How we tell history tells us as much about ourselves as it does previous generations. 

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Stephen Zimmett's curator insight, April 11, 12:37 PM

I saw this same post on face book

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Preparing the Next Generation Four Reasons to Use GIS in the History Classroom

Preparing the Next Generation Four Reasons to Use GIS in the History Classroom | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

“We tell our students about change over time, we have our students read about change over time, with GIS my students are able to see change over time”.
- Teresa Goodin, Gifted Resource Teacher, Albemarle County Schools

  • Do you want your students to work like twenty-first century “digital” historians?
  • Do you aim to have your students grasp the connections between geography and history?
  • Do you aim to make your activities inquiry-based, interactive, and exciting?
  • Do you aim to create activities that integrate twenty-first century workforce skills?
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Kaye De Petro's curator insight, March 31, 5:24 PM

An interesting idea.

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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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Mapping US History with GIS

Mapping US History with GIS | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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Get students thinking about patterns and the 'why's' of history with a focus on the geography and movement behind the historical story.  This is the link to some of the digital maps that can help you put history in it's place.  For more lesson plans, click here


Tags: historical, USA, mappingspatial, GIS,  ESRI, edtech.

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Michele Lally's curator insight, May 16, 2:27 PM

I feel so drawn to and inspired by this curricula, I must study and get certified in the social sciences!

 

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The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement

The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
On December 1, 1955, a 42-year old African American woman finished her job as a seamstress in a department store in Montgomery, Alabama. She waited to board the Cleveland Avenue city bus that, alth...


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Painting The 'Epic Drama' Of The Great Migration

Painting The 'Epic Drama' Of The Great Migration | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
A rare exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art features 60 of Lawrence's paintings about the journey of 6 million African-Americans, who fled the segregated South during the Great Migration.


That mass exodus of African-Americans began a hundred years ago, and lasted until the 1970s. New York's Museum of Modern Art is honoring that history by displaying Lawrence's entire series for the first time since 2008, when it was shown at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. Co-owned by the two museums, the paintings are making a rare appearance together now at MoMA in "One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North."

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Off the Spice Rack: The Story of Salt — Hungry History

Off the Spice Rack: The Story of Salt — Hungry History | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

has been pivotNot just tasty but essential for life, salt has a long and tumultuous history all its own.


You wouldn’t think it to look at them, but your salt and pepper shakers have caused a lot of problems over the years. Underneath that innocuous ceramic bulb lies a history of kingdoms torn apart, newly discovered worlds and powerful trade dynasties. The story of spices fills many a book, but we’re going to take an abridged look at salt and pepper over the next two weeks.

Salt doesn’t just make your food tastier—it’s actually required for life. Sodium ions help the body perform a number of basic tasks, including maintaining the fluid in blood cells and helping the small intestine absorb nutrients. We can’t make salt in our own bodies, so humans have always had to look to their environments to fill the need. Early hunters could get a steady supply of salt from meat, but agricultural groups had to seek it out by following animal tracks to salt deposits.

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Why the real story of the Irish Famine is not taught in U.S. schools

Why the real story of the Irish Famine is not taught in U.S. schools | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
So many textbooks overlook Ireland's Great Hunger and the Irish American story.
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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