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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, 2014 4:44 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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The United States Army Used Camels Until After the Civil War

The United States Army Used Camels Until After the Civil War | TJMS United States History | Scoop.it
It all started in the 1850's, when the first American settlers started moving west.

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Voices of the Civil War Episode 21: "Sojourner Truth"

The women's rights movement in America was directly influenced by the work of the abolitionist movement. By 1863, the abolitionist and women's rights advocat...
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“Stink Onions,” “Heart’s Farm,” “Place to Find Gold”: Literal Names of U.S. Places, Mapped

“Stink Onions,” “Heart’s Farm,” “Place to Find Gold”: Literal Names of U.S. Places, Mapped | TJMS United States History | Scoop.it
It’s easy to think of words such as California or Texas or New York as just the places on the map, but those words actually meant something, once, and those meanings offer a little glimpse into history.
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The Wizard of Oz and the 1896 Presidential Election

Excerpt from NPR program on the hypothesis that the book, The Wizard of Oz, was based on the 1896 presidential election and the controversy over gold vs. sil...

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 22, 2013 2:23 PM

I have recently read the book the Wizard of Oz with my children and the book fits this hypothesis much more accurately than the movie does.  The Emerald City wasn't truly that color but everyone was force to wear emerald-colored glass (hence, they all believed that the ordinary things had extraordinary monetary value).

Ms. Harrington's curator insight, May 22, 2013 2:28 PM

Henry Littlefield's "Parable on Populism" covers this hypothesis in great detail and is worth the read. 

Mike Busarello's Digital Storybooks's curator insight, May 22, 2013 2:35 PM

I have been discussing this hypothesis with my classes for years..finally a short video to promote discussion!

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The punishable perils of plagiarism - Melissa Huseman D’Annunzio

The punishable perils of plagiarism - Melissa Huseman D’Annunzio | TJMS United States History | Scoop.it
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Be warned...

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As my colleague and fellow traveler, Arlis Groves states, "Be warned...."  I would like to add be original you have plenty of thoughts use them.

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8 Things You May Not Know About Memorial Day

8 Things You May Not Know About Memorial Day | TJMS United States History | Scoop.it
From its Civil War origins to its modern-day traditions, find out more about America’s most solemn holiday.
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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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Evidence of Cannibalism Found at Jamestown

Evidence of Cannibalism Found at Jamestown | TJMS United States History | Scoop.it
New evidence supports historical accounts that desperate Jamestown colonists resorted to cannibalism during the harsh winter of 1609-10.
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This may or may not prove to be fact, but it is an example of why history is such a fascinating subject.  With new technologies and persistant and enduring studies, pieces of the history puzzle eventually begin to fall into place or to add surprising insights to what we think we know.  Stay tuned.

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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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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 13, 2014 12:49 PM

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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Lou Salza's curator insight, March 5, 2014 8:41 AM

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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I always enjoy interactive learning.  This particular site also focuses on some of the myths we've been believing about Thanksgiving for years without question.  Are you guilty of passing on misinformation, too?

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Civil War Battles & Casualties

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This interactive map can be a helpful resource for details about battle casualties.

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Ms. Harrington's curator insight, November 18, 2013 12:10 PM

Interactive map

Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, November 18, 2013 1:11 PM

Awesome interactive map of Civil War battles

Teresa M. Nash's comment, November 28, 2013 2:20 AM
Awesome!
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What Does 'American' Actually Mean?

What Does 'American' Actually Mean? | TJMS United States History | Scoop.it
In Latin America, "American" means anyone from the American continent. U.S. citizens claiming the word are considered gauche or imperialist. So what's the solution?
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Tough question.  Pose this question to people you know.  See what they say.

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Arlis Groves's curator insight, June 20, 2013 12:22 PM

A difficult question.  I posed this question on my social networking site, and it was tricky for most of us to answer.

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Encyclopedia Smithsonian: Facts about the United States Flag

Encyclopedia Smithsonian: Facts about the United States Flag | TJMS United States History | Scoop.it
Today in 1777: The flag of the United States is created by an official act of the Continental Congress. http://t.co/w7QBfMEN4I #FlagDay

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7 Things You Should Know About Medgar Evers

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On the 50th anniversary of his death, explore the life and legacy of the civil rights pioneer.
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Old Leaves Reveal Cause Of Great Famine

Old Leaves Reveal Cause Of Great Famine | TJMS United States History | Scoop.it
By Ann Gibbons More than 1 million people died of starvation and disease during the Irish Potato Famine (also known as the Great Famine), between 1845 and 1852—a watershed event for the Irish that caused 1 million people to emigrate and fueled...
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Remembering V-E Day

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As we commemorate its 68th anniversary, check out some surprising facts about how the world reacted to Victory in Europe.
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Cinco de Mayo Video — History.com

Cinco de Mayo Video — History.com | TJMS United States History | Scoop.it
Get the history of Cinco de Mayo, a holiday commemorating Mexico's victory at the Battle of Puebla. Find out about Cinco de Mayo traditions, facts and more.
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"Surprising American history behind this Mexican holiday."

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