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Write your story, change history - Brad Meltzer

Write your story, change history - Brad Meltzer | TJMS United States History | Scoop.it
The idea that youth is wasted on the young? Wrong. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the creators of Superman were all under 30 when they wrote themselves into history.
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Ever wonder why history matters?  Where do you fit in?  We are a part of what will become history.  What will it say about you?

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Dolley Madison Saves Washington's Portrait Video - Andrew Jackson - HISTORY.com

Dolley Madison Saves Washington's Portrait Video - Andrew Jackson - HISTORY.com | TJMS United States History | Scoop.it
Hear the tale of how first lady Dolley Madison risked her life to save George Washington's portrait from a fiery fate as British troops approached the White House.
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What you might not know about the Declaration of Independence - Kenneth C. Davis

What you might not know about the Declaration of Independence - Kenneth C. Davis | TJMS United States History | Scoop.it
In June 1776, a little over a year after the start of the American Revolutionary War, the US Continental Congress huddled together in a hot room in Philadelphia to talk independence. Kenneth C. Davis dives into some of the lesser known facts about the process of writing the Declaration of Independence and questions one very controversial omission.
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Mission 1 | Mission US | THIRTEEN

Mission 1 | Mission US | THIRTEEN | TJMS United States History | Scoop.it
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Chinese Exclusion Act

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"The Chinese Exclusion Act (1882) was a US law that shut off all immigration from China to the US except for scholars, merchants, diplomats and professionals. It is where the American idea of “illegal aliens” comes from, the beginning of the country’s racist immigration policies.


At first immigration from China was limited, then Japan and Korea (1907), then the Asiatic Barred Zone (1917) and then southern and eastern Europe (1924). On top of that, Chinese and Mexicans were being driven out by violence and deportation.


That is why the US was so lily-white in the 1950s. Some think of that as the “natural” state of the country, but it was the creation of a set of racist policies that began with the Chinese Exclusion Act, policies that were not overturned till 1965."

 


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There was a China town in San Jose, CA (south of San Francisco) that burned down – twice! It is no longer there. However, there is a small Japan Town now in San Jose and a ‘Little Saigon’.


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The Incomplete List of US Companies & Universities That Benefited From Black Slavery

The Incomplete List of US Companies & Universities That Benefited From Black Slavery | TJMS United States History | Scoop.it

 

Americans tend to think that only the South or only slave traders and slave owners benefited from slavery.


But it was not that simple. Slaves and land were the main forms of wealth in the US before 1860. Therefore slaves figured in insurance policies and bank loans. Therefore universities turned to slave owners and slave traders to raise money. Industry in the North and in Britain made money processing slave-grown tobacco, cotton and sugar from the South and the Caribbean. Railway companies used slave labour. The most profitable activity on Wall Street was – the slave trade.


For example:


Click through for list



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Sheppard Software's U.S. Government Games Menu

Fun games to teach you about how the U.S. government works!
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Match the power of government with the correct branch.

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Supreme Decision | iCivics

Supreme Decision | iCivics | TJMS United States History | Scoop.it
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Learn how the Supreme Court makes decisions.

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Do I Have a Right? | iCivics

Do I Have a Right? | iCivics | TJMS United States History | Scoop.it
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Test your knowledge of Constitutional rights.

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The Presidency - U.S. Grant and the Crisis of Reconstruction | C-SPAN

The Presidency - U.S. Grant and the Crisis of Reconstruction | C-SPAN | TJMS United States History | Scoop.it
We hear from UCLA historian Joan Waugh about the different kind of fight that Ulysses S.

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The Other Rosa Parks: Now 73, Claudette Colvin Was First to Refuse Giving Up Seat on Montgomery Bus

The Other Rosa Parks: Now 73, Claudette Colvin Was First to Refuse Giving Up Seat on Montgomery Bus | TJMS United States History | Scoop.it


"... nine months before [Rosa] Parks’ historic action, a 15-year-old teenager named Claudette Colvin did the very same thing. She was arrested, and her case led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s order for the desegregation of Alabama’s bus system.


Now 73, Claudette Colvin joins us for a rare interview along with Brooklyn College Professor Jeanne Theoharis, author of "The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks." Theoharis says Parks’ act of defiance may not have happened if not for Colvin’s nine months before.


Colvin says learning about African-American history in school inspired her act. "I could not move, because history had me glued to the seat," she recalls telling the bus driver and the police officer who came to arrest her. "It felt like Sojourner Truth’s hands were pushing me down on one shoulder and Harriet Tubman’s hands were pushing me down on another shoulder." 



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Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement -- Literacy Tests

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"Today, most citizens register to vote without regard to race or color by signing their name and address on something like a postcard. But it was not always so.

Prior to passage of the federal Voting Rights Act in 1965, Southern (and some Western) states maintained elaborate voter registration procedures whose primary purpose was to deny the vote to nonwhites. This process was often referred to as a "literacy test." But in fact, it was much more than just a reading test, it was an entire complex system devoted to denying African-Americans (and in some regions, Latinos and Native Americans) the right to vote.

The registration procedures, and the Registrars who enforced them, were but one part of an interlocking system of racial discrimination and oppression. The various state, county, and local police forces — all white of course — routinely intimidated and harassed Blacks who tried to register.


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Could you pass a literacy test?  Why were these voting tests determined to be illegal?  Letting students see an actual test that was given in the 1960s show just how discriminatory they were.  

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Excellent article! Thank you for posting.
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These barriers were erected more recently than we like to think.  Jumping through 'hoops' like the requirement to present a picture ID at the polling place continue to limit access to the fundamental franchise of our democracy if we can still call it that. Our students need to be aware of this recent history and the current challenges to voter rights. --Lou

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What Does 'Sold Down The River' Really Mean? The Answer Isn't Pretty

What Does 'Sold Down The River' Really Mean? The Answer Isn't Pretty | TJMS United States History | Scoop.it
It's a phrase that came to signify betrayal. It used to mean something far worse.
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NSA collection of phone data is lawful, federal judge rules

NSA collection of phone data is lawful, federal judge rules | TJMS United States History | Scoop.it
A federal judge in New York ruled Friday that the massive collection of domestic telephone data brought to light by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is lawful, rejecting a challenge to the program by the American Civil...
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History vs. Andrew Jackson - James Fester

History vs. Andrew Jackson - James Fester | TJMS United States History | Scoop.it
Andrew Jackson was both beloved and loathed during his presidency. In this imaginary courtroom, you get to be the jury, considering and weighing Jackson’s part in the spoils system, economic depression, and the Indian Removal Act, as well as his patriotism and the pressures of the presidency. James Fester explores how time shapes our relationship to controversial historical figures.
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The Invisible Blue-Jean Particles in the Original Star-Spangled Banner

The Invisible Blue-Jean Particles in the Original Star-Spangled Banner | TJMS United States History | Scoop.it
The American flag at the Smithsonian has collected blue cotton fibers over the years, but not as many as popular legend says.
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In the 1960s, the Smithsonian opted to put the flag in the only Smithsonian building that was air conditioned, thinking the cool temperature would help preserve the aging flag. But in the most extensive conservation project in the flag's history, conservationists like Thomassen-Krauss found that exhibits designed to protect the flag were in fact doing the opposite.
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Mission 3 | Mission US | THIRTEEN

Mission 3 | Mission US | THIRTEEN | TJMS United States History | Scoop.it
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This is an award-winning interactive learning site.  See what you think.

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The Invasion of America - Video

 

Between 1776 and 1887, the United States seized (stole) over 1.5 billion acres from America's indigenous people by treaty and executive order. The Invasion of America shows how by mapping every treaty and executive order during that period. It concludes with a map of present-day federal Indian reservations.



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Westward Movement, or the growth of the United States, meant that the land was taken from Native Americans.  This animated map helps us visualize the scope and sequence of the nation's growth and the decline of Native American lands between 1776 and 2010.

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Chinese Americans in Mississippi under Jim Crow

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A guest post by commenter Jefe: Chinese Americans in Mississippi under Jim Crow (1877-1967) were classified as "colored". In the 1920s, when it started to affect the education of their children, th...
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This article addresses one of the questions students often ask during our study of the nation after Reconstruction.  "What about people who weren't either black or white?"

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PBS KIDS: The Democracy Project | President For A Day

Meet US presidents past and present, make campaign buttons and learn about US history and the election process.
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Branches of Power | iCivics

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WHAT A FIND? A well-known underwater explorer believes he's found the HOLY GRAIL OF SHIPWRECKS. Sitting on the ocean floor for more than 500 years just off the coast of Haiti — possibly Christopher Columbus' Santa Maria.

Among the wreckage, Clifford says he found a cannon of 15th century design, making it difficult for the weapon to come from anything but Columbus' fleet. (WATCH)
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Could it be?  We'll all stay tuned to see what the experts decide.

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Selected Online Works by Civil War Era African American Women (Virtual Programs & Services, Library of Congress)

Selected Online Works by Civil War Era African American Women (Virtual Programs & Services, Library of Congress) | TJMS United States History | Scoop.it
Selected Online Works by Civil War Era African American Women Bibliography (Virtual Services and Programs, Digital Reference Section, Library of Congress) (RT @MAAHMuseum Check out @librarycongress's guide to online works by African American women...

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As a teacher always looking for primary sources authored by lesser-known individuals, I'm pleased that this resource exists and is available to my students.

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Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, March 10, 1:44 PM

The Library of Congress has organized a webpage around primary sources by Civil War era African-American women - what a treasure trove of primary sources!

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What Honest Abe's Appetite Tells Us About His Life

What Honest Abe's Appetite Tells Us About His Life | TJMS United States History | Scoop.it
Food played a big role in the life of President Abraham Lincoln, who cooked alongside his wife.
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There's more than one way to learn the personal stories of historic figures.  I like the idea of looking at lives through the food they loved, hated, and enjoyed cooking.

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http://slaverystories.org/home

http://slaverystories.org/home | TJMS United States History | Scoop.it

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Oral History and more

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The Constitution, the Articles, and Federalism: Crash Course US History #8 - YouTube

In which John Green teaches you about the United States Constitution. During and after the American Revolutionary War, the government of the new country oper...

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