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Resources from Rhode Island College History and Social Studies educators for the classroom http://geographyeducation.org
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What U.S. History Would Have Been Like With Hashtags

What U.S. History Would Have Been Like With Hashtags | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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This collection isn't meant to be serious, but these images would get students to think about how historical events were played out and see the internal social and political dynamics in ways that they can relate to. 

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What Vladimir Putin chooses not to know about Russian history

What Vladimir Putin chooses not to know about Russian history | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

KGB agents are apparently not taught history, or so it would seem from Vladimir Putin 's recent statement that only "God knows" how a portion of southeastern Ukraine ever became part of that country. The Russian president refers to the region as "New Russia," an old idea that has always been — and remains — an aspiration rather than a fact. Luhansk, Donetsk, Odessa and other New Russian cities have been a part of Ukraine for nearly a century. And even before that, they were never truly Russian.

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Historical context is so critical and in this op-ed piece, a retired history professor explains the historical context that Putin is brushing aside as he seeks to legitimize more land grabs. 

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Archaeologists' findings may prove Rome a century older than thought

Archaeologists' findings may prove Rome a century older than thought | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
As Italian capital approaches 2,767th birthday, excavation reveals wall built long before official founding year of 753BC
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Last week Rome celebrated it's birthday, but like many of my friends, the age they tell the world is younger than reality.  753 B.C. is a long time ago, but examining the wall shows that it was around long before that.  As stated in the article, "It was already known that the settlement of Rome was a gradual process and that the traditional date for its foundation was invented by a later writer. There is evidence of people arriving on the Palatine hill as early as the 10th century BC." 

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10 inventions that owe their success to World War One

10 inventions that owe their success to World War One | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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War can disrupt supply chains and also create new modes of production, promote emerging fashions and spur new innovations.  World War I was no blessing, but these inventions are the silver lining. 

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Matt Richardson's curator insight, May 2, 2014 7:12 AM

This is an interesting article. (Scooped from Dr. Dixon's page.)

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Because Washington Crossed the Delaware

Because Washington Crossed the Delaware | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"This podcast explains the route that Washington and his troops took while crossing the Delaware River. Listeners will also discover the pivotal importance that this victory played on the Revolutionary War and American history. To read this entire article, please visit Maps101.com and to listen to our entire podcast collection, please visit Stitcher.com"

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Big History Project

Big History Project | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"Consider the big questions about our Universe, our planet, life, and humanity. From the Big Bang to modern day to where we are going in the future, Big History covers it all."

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The map that caused a century of trouble

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"A map marked with crude chinagraph-pencil in the second decade of the 20th Century shows the ambition - and folly - of the 100-year old British-French plan that helped create the modern-day Middle East."

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Many of the geopolitical issues that confront the Middle East stem from the secret Sykes-Picot Treaty that divvied up the Ottoman Empire

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Is this the best April Fool's ever?

Is this the best April Fool's ever? | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"On 1 April 1957, the BBC current affairs programme Panorama hoaxed the nation with a report about the annual spaghetti harvest."

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Without some knowledge of the world around you, the more susceptible you can be to falling for anything.  Happy April Fools!  

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What medieval Europe did with its teenagers

What medieval Europe did with its teenagers | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"Today, there's often a perception that Asian children are given a hard time by their parents. But a few hundred years ago northern Europe took a particularly harsh line, sending children away to live and work in someone else's home. Not surprisingly, the children didn't always like it."

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Just a reminder for students today that they live in a good time and place for educational opportunities and personal liberties.  

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Arlis Groves's curator insight, March 26, 2014 12:05 AM

Young folks today may be surprised to learn that, had they been born a few hundred years ago in Medieval Europe, they might well be working for another family through their teenaged years.

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Five myths about the Cold War

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Our friends and enemies were so much clearer then — right?
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With U.S.-Russian relations strained, many are using historical comparison to the Cold War.  This article is a nice reference point to see where such an analogy breaks down. 

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If WWI was a bar fight…

If WWI was a bar fight… | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"Germany, Austria and Italy are standing together in the middle of the pub when Serbia bumps into Austria and spills Austria's pint."

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Some may see this as a flippant approach to history, which in the strictest sense it certainly is.  I also see this as a fairly down-to-Earth way to help students understand how a minor issue can spiral out of control.  Middle school and high school students can absolutely relate to a fight that never should have started and as a bonus, bringing some humor into the classroom can be refreshing.  But like any good inside joke, you have to understand the context first to make it funny.    

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A 1940s Board Game for French Kids Taught Tactics for Successful Colonialism

A 1940s Board Game for French Kids Taught Tactics for Successful Colonialism | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Published in 1941, this “Trading Game: France—Colonies” aimed to teach French children the basics of colonial management. 


Players drew cards corresponding to colony names, then had to deploy cards representing assets like boats, engineers, colonists, schools, and equipment, in order to win cards representing the exports of the various colonies.  “Images on the game,” Getty Research Institute curator Isotta Poggi writes in her blog post on the document, “provide a vivid picture of the vast variety of resources, including animals, plants, and minerals, that the colonies provided to France.” Cartoons on the cards depict coal (mined by a figure clearly intended to be a “native”), rubber, wood, and even wild animals.

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14 Mind-Blowing Facts That Will Completely Change Your Perception Of Time

14 Mind-Blowing Facts That Will Completely Change Your Perception Of Time | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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This isn't the most academic source, but these 14 examples are sure-fire ways to get students interested and thinking.  8 of them can from this list on the Huffington Post

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The Sinking of the Lusitania-- (1918)

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On the 99th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, here's a groundbreaking animated propaganda film, dating from 1918, by pioneer animator Winsor McCay.  This is a fascinating historical glimpse at the event as it was recorded at the time, but also demonstrates the power of a new form of technology and how it was used to legitimize military action.  

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Stephen Zimmett's curator insight, August 6, 2014 3:42 PM

Interesting 9 minute film

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What Would You Have Looked Like 100 Years Ago?

What Would You Have Looked Like 100 Years Ago? | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"From the scrunchies and jean jackets that dominated the 1980s to the plaid shirts and heavy boots that defined 1990s grunge, everyone has their favorite teenage fashion trend. But what would we have worn if we were flower children of the 1970s or flappers of the 1920s? Ohio State University student Annalisa Hartlaub was able to paint a picture by depicting each decade's quintessential mainstream and counterculture looks. Using herself as a model and tinting each picture to realistically reflect the technology of the decade, Hartlaub's "Counter // Culture" photo project catalogs nearly 100 years of fashion history from 1920 through today."

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Sara Samples's curator insight, May 5, 2014 2:26 PM

Fun!

D Langen's curator insight, August 22, 2014 10:46 AM

Here is a great photo study to use when teaching counterculture. Students often have difficulty seeing persons in other eras as anything but "foreign". This photo study may also help students convey a sense of familiarity across time and social groups.

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"The Hatpin Peril" Terrorized Men Who Couldn't Handle the 20th-Century

"The Hatpin Peril" Terrorized Men Who Couldn't Handle the 20th-Century | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"[In the early 20th century] To protect themselves from unwanted advances, city women protected themselves with some sharp accessories.  For the first time, women who fought back against harassers were regarded as heroes rather than comic characters, as subjects rather than objects. Society was transitioning, slowly but surely, from expecting and advocating female dependence on men to recognizing their desire and ability to defend themselves."

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Alexander the Great

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"Considered the finest military leader in history, Alexander III of Macedon, best known as Alexander the Great, was born in Pella, the Macedonian capital, in July 356 BC. His father, Philip II, was king of Macedon, one of many Greek city-states, and a great warrior.


Alexander the Great was the most gifted military commander in history, leading 40,000 soldiers 20,000 miles over the course of 12 years, and Hellenistic culture spread far and wide due to his military campaigns. Trade connected Greece to points as far away as India and China. Medicine, math, science and philosophy flourished, influencing the Romans, who would go on to influence Western European culture and therefore our culture today"

Seth Dixon's insight:

Here are the opening and concluding paragraphs of an article that my wife and I wrote for Maps 101.  If your school district subscribes you have access to a rich library of over 4,000 resources at your disposal.  If not, you are still able to listen to some of these articles on the Geography News Network that have be made into podcasts. 

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A New World Order...

A New World Order... | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"People outside Independence Hall examining a new map of Europe before the end of WW1, in Philadelphia, October 1918" http://pic.twitter.com/pJIYeXJuj6 

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History vs. Vladimir Lenin

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Vladimir Lenin overthrew Russian Czar Nicholas II and founded the Soviet Union, forever changing the course of Russian politics. But was he a hero who toppled an oppressive tyranny or a villain who replaced it with another? Alex Gendler puts this controversial figure on trial, exploring both sides of a nearly century-long debate.

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Armando's curator insight, April 11, 2014 7:31 PM

History vs. Vladimir Lenin

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After Pearl Harbor, Vandals Cut Down Four of DC's Japanese Cherry Trees

After Pearl Harbor, Vandals Cut Down Four of DC's Japanese Cherry Trees | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

After Pearl Harbor, vandals chopped down four Japanese Cherry Trees. The vandals were never identified, but the carving on the stump made their intent pretty clear: to retaliate against Japan by attacking four of the cherry trees originally donated by the county in 1912 as a gesture of goodwill.

But for many people, destroying just four of the trees wasn't enough. Afterward, according to the Richmond Afro American, there was "talk of cutting [all] the trees down and replacing them with an American variety." In 1942, the Tuscaloosa News reported that "letters are pouring into the National Capital Parks commission, demanding that the gifts from Nippon be torn up by the roots, chopped down, burned."

Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed. 62 years before "Freedom Fries," parks staff decided that a simple change in nomenclature would suffice. Throughout the rest of the war, instead of calling them Japanese cherry trees, they were officially referred to as "Oriental Cherry Trees"—a label apparently presumed to be less inflammatory, partly because China and other Asian countries served as allies during the war.

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A Brief History of U.S. Diplomacy

A Brief History of U.S. Diplomacy | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"The pages that follow trace the history of U.S. diplomacy from the first defensive steps of a fledgling nation to the global reach of a superpower. Benjamin Franklin is regarded as America’s first diplomat, and the four men pictured above were its first 'ministers of foreign affairs.'"

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How Should Crimea Be Shown on National Geographic Maps?

How Should Crimea Be Shown on National Geographic Maps? | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Friday's Russian parliamentary vote on annexation will determine the decision on the map of Crimea, says the Geographer of the National Geographic Society.
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Interactive Map Shows Impact of WWII Firebombing of Japan, if It Had Happened on U.S. Soil

Interactive Map Shows Impact of WWII Firebombing of Japan, if It Had Happened on U.S. Soil | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

When we talk about the bombing of Japan during the World War II, we usually focus on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But before the atomic bombs, the United States had already begun a ruinous campaign of bombing Japanese cities with incendiary weapons. More than 40,000 tons of napalm bombs were dropped on Japanese cities before the atomic bombings took place.

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The 50th Anniversary of the (Re-)Birth of the First Amendment

The 50th Anniversary of the (Re-)Birth of the First Amendment | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
On March 9, 1964, a unanimous Supreme Court reversed a libel verdict against The New York Times in a case brought by Alabama officials who complained about a civil rights advertisement in the paper. The First Amendment, thankfully, hasn't been the same since.


Every person who writes online or otherwise about public officials, every hack or poet who criticizes the work of government, every distinguished journalist or pajama-ed blogger who speaks truth to power, ought to bow his or her head today in a silent moment of gratitude for a single United States Supreme Court decision issued 50 years ago today. It means simply that you can make an honest mistake when writing about a public figure and won't likely get sued.  New York Times v. Sullivan, decided unanimously by the Court on March 9, 1964, in a decision written by Justice William Brennan, finally gave national force to the lofty words of the First Amendment, that there should be "no law... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press." Without that ruling, and the precedent it has generated since (despite the efforts of Justice Antonin Scalia), investigative and opinion journalism as we know it today would not exist.

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Gunfire Erupted Inside U.S. Capitol, 60 Years Ago

Gunfire Erupted Inside U.S. Capitol, 60 Years Ago | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
In March 1954, members of an extremist Puerto Rican nationalist group launched a terrorist attack protesting U.S. control of the island.
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What is the geographic and historical context that ties Puerto Rico with the United States?  This article nicely lays out some of the basics. 


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