The the United States, 9/11 is memorialized in our landscapes and is etched in our collective consciousness. This coming Tuesday is the anniversary and Teaching History has put together a host of teaching materials about the importance, impact of the terrorist attacks of Septemper 11th, 2001 on the United States and the world.
If you are a fan of the 40 hour work week, 8 hour work day, health benefits, child labor laws and this lovely thing called "the weekend," you have the labor movement to thank. The Department of Labor has put together a page entitled 'The History of Labor Day.' This helps us understand that the benefits that we enjoy today are the legacy of generations of workers who courageously fought for for workers rights.
TED Talks A clay cylinder covered in Akkadian cuneiform script, damaged and broken, the Cyrus Cylinder is a powerful symbol of religious tolerance and multi-culturalism.
At first glance this TED Talk appears to be more about ancient history, archaeology and biblical studies that anything modern. Yet as Neil MacGregor, the Director of the British Museum continues his discussion of the Cyrus Cylinder (A clay cylinder covered in Akkadian cuneiform script), it becomes clear that this historical artifact is an important more of how modern states conceive of their heritage, cultural legacy and role within the Middle East today (such as Israel, Iraq, Iran and the U.K.). As such the Cyrus Cylinder is a powerful symbol of religious tolerance and multi-culturalism and plays a role in shaping Middle Eastern cultural and political institutions.
On myHistro you can create advanced geolocated timelines that you can play as presentations. Pin your events, videos and photos to the map and share them with friends and family.
This new resource, myHistro, combines interactive maps with timelines to organize stories, journeys or historical events as the move over time and place. By embedding photos, videos and links this creates an incredibly dynamic platform for telling historical and geographic stories. By combining these features, this is a powerful tool to create customized resources for you students. Pictured above is a sample timeline that shows the spatial and temporal journey of the Olympic torch for the 2012 Games.
The end of World War II was undoubtedly a massively important global event with many repercussions. Yet today the event is only memorialized in the smallest and arguably the most provincial state. This article nicely summarizes some for historical factors behind the holiday remaining in Rhode Island, where it has fallen by the wayside everywhere else.
Question to ponder: Will this still be a holiday in 2030?
This top 10 list is an insight look at the differences in media coverage and popular perception of terrorism based of the cultural background of the terrorist. From a blog typically focused on the MiddleEast, history and religion, you can imagine why the somewhat perplexed at how the terrorist attack on the a Sikh temple is being presented in the media and how Americans conceptualize this type of attack. Just to share one in the top ten: "White terrorists are [portrayed as] 'troubled loners.' Other terrorists are always suspected of being part of a global plot, even when they are obviously troubled loners."
The Geographical Association has produced numerous resources specifically for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games being held in London. The Olympics as an event work as an important teaching moment that operates on numerous scales. What local developmental projects reshaped the urban fabric of London in preparation for these Games? Do international events such as the Olympics foster a global community? Is this idea of a global community perfectly harmonious?
Best of History Web Sites, created by EdTechTeacher, is an award-winning portal that contains annotated links to over 1200 history web sites and activities.
"Designed for history educators and students, this useful portal provides access to more than 700 of the best history resources online. Sites are organized into 10 categories—Prehistory, Ancient/Biblical, Medieval, U.S History, Early Modern European, 20th Century, World War II, Art History, General Resources, and Maps. Many of the five-star Pre-history, Ancient, and Medieval sites are hosted by Smithsonian Institution, PBS, and the Internet History Sourcebooks; and the Library of Congress is the creator of a wide-range of top-rated sites for U.S. history. The 20th-century and World War II sections are voluminous, the latter presenting 42 sites. There are three special categories: Lesson Plans/Activities, Multimedia, and Research. "Multimedia" includes 18 map sites, including the Rumsey collection with more than 8,000 maps. Instructors will find the section on "Teaching with Technology" especially informative. It offers articles and advice about integrating computers into lessons and links to dozens of useful resources on teaching with technology. Visitors can sign up to receive monthly email updates." --review from http://teachinghistory.org
Rasmussen Reports - The best place to look for polls that are spot on...
The Rasmussen Reports indicate the the boost from the Republican National Convention was sufficient (especially in swing states) to make Mitt Romney the frontrunner in the election were held today of today. How will that change in the next few weeks?
This link is a companion site to the book, "Mapping the Nation: History & Cartography in 19th Century America" by Susan Schulten. The author and publisher have made all of the images available digitally, and they are organized by chapter as well as chronologically. This a great resource to find some of the important maps that shaped America and help mold the manner in which we conceptualize America. Geography and history teachers alike will be able to draw on these materials. The chapters include:
The Graphic Foundations of American History
Capturing the Past Through Maps
Disease, Expansion and the Rise of Environmental Mapping
Browse the timeline of war and conflict across the globe.
This database of global wars and conflicts is searchable through space and time. You can drag and click the both the map and timeline to locate particular battles and wars, and then read more information about that conflict. This resource would be a great one to show students and let them explore to find what they see as interesting. This site is brimming with potential.
KH: How has America changed since the attacks of September 11, 2001? We are still struggling to find a balance between saftey and civil liberties. The Patriot Act, prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, interrorgation techniques have all become parts of our lives.
The article asks the questions...
• Can the government listen to our phone conversations and read our e-mails without warrants?
• Should suspected terrorists at the Guantánamo prison in Cuba have the right to challenge their detention in court?
• How much power does the president have to search for and punish those accused of having terrorist ties?
• Are harsh interrogation techniques ever justified? And at what point do they become torture?
Usain Bolt’s 9.63 set an Olympic record in the 100. So how far ahead of every Olympic medalist is he?
The race was spectacular, but how fast were these medalists compared to other Olympians from different eras? Literally, Yohan Blake, Justin Gaitlin and Tyson Gay would have all beat every Olympian ever expect Usain Bolt. Humanity is constantly pushing the physical limits of human physicality with technology. What are the limits of this historical trend?
"Blog of Dr. Miland Brown that features different aspects of world history. Not everything can be covered but sites dealing with any historical issue or topic are possible future posts. Also includes sites which discuss teaching history. Dr. Brown is an academic in North America."
Looking for an interesting and eclectic blog for history teachers? Give this one a look.
Action in Washington D.C. has come to a grinding halt, and politics is increasingly partisan. These statistical meansure show just how ineffective the political process has become in the United States.
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