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George Will Confirms Nixon's Vietnam Treason

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Richard Nixon was a traitor. The new release of extended versions of Nixon's papers now confirms this long-standing belief, usually dismissed as a "conspiracy theory" by Republican conservatives. Now it has been substantiated by none other than right-wing columnist George Will. Nixon's newly revealed records show for certain that in 1968, as a presidential candidate, he ordered Anna Chennault, his liaison to the South Vietnam government, to persuade them refuse a cease-fire being brokered by President Lyndon Johnson.
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Hollywood vs. history: a lot of this year's hit movies have tackled real-life events. Two New York Times film critics consider how to watch a 'historical' movie. - Free Online Library

Free Online Library: Hollywood vs. history: a lot of this year's hit movies have tackled real-life events. Two New York Times film critics consider how to watch a 'historical' movie.(MEDIA) by "New York Times Upfront"; News, opinion and commentary General interest Motion pictures Methods Movies
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fact checking popular docudramas against history. This could be useful for teachers of literature or social studies.

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A History of the Chocolate-Chip Cookie

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The chocolate-chip cookie celebrated its seventy-fifth birthday this year. The creator of the chocolate-chip cookie has always been known to us.
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Share it like Cicero: How Roman authors used social networking

Share it like Cicero: How Roman authors used social networking | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
One of the stories I tell in "Writing on the Wall" is about the way the Roman book-trade worked. There were no printing presses, so copying of books, which took the form of multiple papyrus rolls, ...
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The Comforts of the Apocalypse

The Comforts of the Apocalypse | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Our hunger for crisis is breeding dystopian narcissism.
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This is a powerful piece. This could be useful as a common core resource that could also energize a discussion on topics like utopia/dystopia, open/closed mindsets, positive/negative attitudes, exploring the possibilities of predicting the future, even the Bible (as literature). 

 

Also, here's an interesting tidbit provided in the article: "George Orwell's 1984, which does not end, as often thought, with the triumph of Big Brother but with "Appendix: The Principles of Newspeak." The appendix is written as if from the far future, a time in which Newspeak and the dictatorship of Oceania have ceased to exist. In a major shift of perspective, we pivot from the destruction of Winston Smith to the treatment of the novel's events as fodder for an article in an alien encyclopedia.

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Let's eat cake! Luxury unwrapped

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Alice Blackhurst is one of six Cambridge PhD candidates to take part in a series of podcast interviews offering an insight into graduate research in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Her work focuses on ideas of luxury.
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An exploration of the concept of "luxury" in the past and in our times. 

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Revealing India and Pakistan’s Ancient Art and Inventions

Revealing India and Pakistan’s Ancient Art and Inventions | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
China, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Maya--these are ancient civilizations people tend to know something about. The Harappan civilization of the Indus Valley, on the other hand, is maybe less well known, but just as fascinating and inspiring for us today.
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Roman toilets were quite stinky, large international study reveals

Roman toilets were quite stinky, large international study reveals | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Yes, the Romans had toilets and sewage. No, they didn't match our idea of a clean bathroom in no way. Their toilets were stinking, disease spreading places, which gave rats and snakes an easy entrance to the house.
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fun stuff to share with teenagers. 

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The Roman Empire: in the First Century. The Roman Empire. Life In Roman Times. Family Life | PBS

The Roman Empire: in the First Century. The Roman Empire. Life In Roman Times. Family Life | PBS | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Ancient Rome was a man’s world. In politics, society and the family, men held both the power and the purse-strings – they even decided whether a baby would live or die. 

Families were dominated by men. At the head of Roman family life was the oldest living male, called the "paterfamilias," or "father of the family." He looked after the family's business affairs and property and could perform religious rites on their behalf. 

Absolute power 

The paterfamilias had absolute rule over his household and children. If they angered him, he had the legal right to disown his children, sell them into slavery or even kill them. 

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I've heard this, but didn't believe it. I wonder how ancient Greece compared. Students would probably get a kick out of talking about their rights throughout history. Imagine an inquiry-based learning assignment that looks at their value as children at various times in history...

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A Brief Medical History Of The Cranberry

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Is there a less alluring fruit than this impenetrably tart berry? From its inelegant bog origins to its dowdy association with Pilgrims, there's nothing sexy about cranberries.
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Going Meta On Historical Thinking | s-usih.org

Going Meta On Historical Thinking | s-usih.org | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
About a month ago someone posted a talk by John Toews, University of Washington professor of History and former director of its Comparative History of I...

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The Science Behind Honey’s Eternal Shelf Life

The Science Behind Honey’s Eternal Shelf Life | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
A slew of factors--its acidity, its lack of water and even the presence of hydrogen peroxide--work in perfect harmony, allowing the sticky treat to last forever
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Beneath the Surface of History: The Submarine

With loads of experiments and inventions under his belt, Cornelius Drebbel was a true Renaissance man. But one of his inventions was more useful than any oth...
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Fun educational videos at Youtube's HiddenGeniusShow. 

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