Juli Boretsky

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How a Tiny Cape Cod Town Survived World War I’s Only Attack on American Soil

July 21, 1918, dawned hot and hazy in Orleans, Massachusetts. Three miles offshore, the <i>Perth Amboy,</i> a 120-foot steel tugboat, chugged south along the …

Cape Cod

Donald Trump is taking America back — to 1798, when John Adams colluded with an enemy power

<b>Donald Trump; John Adams (Getty/Photo Montage by Salon)</b><p>“His Highness” John Adams attacked the press, tried to deport his enemies and colluded with a foreign power. Hmm<p>Jeff Biggers<p>July 18, 2018 11:00am (UTC)<p>While President Donald Trump's dalliance with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Monday in …

Donald Trump

7,000-Year-Old German Grave Shows New Side of Neolithic Brutality

The nine bodies were unceremoniously dumped into a burial pit, tangled in a jumble of limbs anathema to the precise arrangements typically seen in …

Archaeology

Is this the US president most like Trump?

<b>Millard Fillmore is one of the most obscure US presidents, but there is plenty about him that may seem uncannily familiar.</b><p>Asylum seekers and economic migrants are flocking to the United States.<p>Xenophobes warn these foreigners will fuel crime, drive down wages and destroy the nation.<p>As nativism …

Donald Trump

Libraries Launch “Archivist in a Backpack” – UNC Chapel Hill Libraries

April 5, 2018<p>Historian Bernetiae Reed (left) and archivist Josephine McRobbie prepare portable archiving kits at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Wilson …

UNC Chapel Hill

Link Love: 6/29/2018

Link Love: a weekly post with links to interesting videos and stories about archival issues, technology and culture, and Washington D.C. and American …

Smithsonian

Found: Rosa Parks’s Arrest Warrant, and More Traces of Civil Rights History

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Fred Gray, 87, bespectacled and a bit hard of hearing, stood quietly over the archival box. His hands, though, were a twitching blur: flipping past some folders, opening others, rustling through records that dated back more than half a century.<p>“Some of these,” said Mr. Gray, who …

Black History

AP World History Is Worth Saving

In 2001, the College Board added a course to its offerings for high school. In addition to the AP European History and AP United States History …

AP World History gets a makeover, and high school teachers rebel

High school history teachers are in revolt over the alteration of a widely taught Advanced Placement course that they say threatens to present a skewed, Eurocentric history of the world to thousands of students.<p>The plan is so incendiary that outraged history teachers protested against it this week …

Education

The wheels are falling off technology in schools: Microsoft

Controversy still surrounds technology in schools, with leading Finnish educator Pasi Sahlberg last week saying smartphones were hurting learning. He …

The Tragedy Of The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Was A Landmark For Workers' Rights

The 18-minute fire killed 146 people and spurred unions and legislators to push for better working conditions.<p><b>Sources:</b> American Experience / PBS, History.com, Paul E. Teague, M.A. and Chief Ronald R. Farr / nfpa.org, Angie Boehm / Global Nonviolent Action Database, Katherine Allen / Readex, Avery …

What Was the Vietnam War About?

Was America’s war in Vietnam a noble struggle against Communist aggression, a tragic intervention in a civil conflict, or an imperialist counterrevolution to crush a movement of national liberation? Those competing interpretations ignited fiery debates in the 1960s and remain unresolved today. How …

Geopolitics

King Wanted More Than Just Desegregation

The civil-rights activist’s vision for education was far grander than integration alone. How disappointed he would be.<p>Editor’s Note: Read <i>The Atlantic</i>’s special coverage of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.<p>Image Above: The folk singer Joan Baez joins King in escorting children to their newly …

Racism Is ‘Built into the Very Bones’ of Mississippi

Jesmyn Ward reflects on choosing to raise her children in her home state.<p>Editor’s Note: Read <i>The Atlantic</i>’s special coverage of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.<p>I did not understand how poor my family was until my maternal grandmother told me a story about sackcloth dresses and beans. I was in my …

What Kids Are Really Learning About Slavery

A new report finds that the topic is mistaught and often sentimentalized—and students are alarmingly misinformed as a result.<p>A class of middle-schoolers in Charlotte, North Carolina, was asked to cite “four reasons why Africans made good slaves.” Nine third-grade teachers in suburban Atlanta …

Don't know where to start? The essential novels of Ursula K Le Guin

From the fantasy of Earthsea to ambisexual planets, these masterpieces offer brilliant introductions to a dazzling writer who broke entirely new ground

Planets

Ursula K Le Guin, by Margaret Atwood: ‘One of the literary greats of the 20th century’

The author of The Handmaid’s Tale bids hail, farewell and thank you to the revered sci-fi and fantasy author, who has died aged 88<p>I am very sad that Ursula K Le Guin has died. Not only was she one of the literary greats of the 20th century – her books are many and widely read and beloved, her …

Literature

Startup Republic: How France reinvented itself for the 21st century by wooing entrepreneurs to Paris

The City of Light is cutting through a long tradition of government bureaucracy to make it easy for global companies to launch in France. …

Startups

NASA's Lovely Tribute to the Teacher Who Perished on Challenger

Two astronauts will carry out the original lessons Christa McAuliffe had planned for her time in orbit in 1986.<p>In the summer of 1985, Christa McAuliffe was preparing to fly aboard the space shuttle <i>Challenger</i> to become the first private citizen in space. McAuliffe had been selected from more than …

Space Exploration

The Civil Rights Activist Whose Name You've Probably Never Heard

Dion Diamond was sitting at a "whites only" lunch counter in Arlington, Va., in 1960 when a crowd started gathering around him. At the time, he was a young black man participating in a sit-in at a local five-and-dime store with a group of black and white university students, and they were drawing …

Civil Rights

Girl plays ‘Star Wars’ Cantina theme with a pencil, is groundbreaking math genius

What you're about to watch is the work of a name you should remember: <b>Dani Ochoa.</b><p>Dani, who characterizes herself as "a girl with too much time on her …

mathequation

The Rockefellers vs. Exxon, the Company That Made Them the Rockefellers

<b>John D. Rockefeller</b> once said that “God gave me my money,” much as He had given human beings dominion over the Earth, and though John D. couldn’t …

Bono: The Rolling Stone Interview

In 1985, shortly after U2 broke through in America, <i>Rolling Stone</i> named them the “band of the Eighties.” Over the course of 30 years and 16 cover …

Music

How Star Wars Revolutionized Entertainment

So many things come in threes, even <i>Star Wars</i> trilogies. Three sets of three sequential space science fiction films have already been produced or are …

When School Becomes a Game

Adam Avery<p>How can educators get students to be more engaged? Some experts say it's a matter of gamifying the learning experience.<p>Every year, the American Psychological Society talks to Americans about their mental state. In 2013, the topic was stress—and the group found that, of the teenagers who …

1971: How one year and five men changed the course of Georgia football

In the late 1950s, 5-year-old Clarence Pope would sit on a large rock in his backyard during Georgia football games. He lived five blocks east of …

Student Journalism

The American Revolution: A Free Course from Yale University

When you have a little time, you can drop in on a free course that revisits a seminal moment in U.S. history--the American Revolution. Taught by Yale …

American Revolution

Teachers Around The Country React To Investigation Into Ballou High School

So far the reaction has been swift and strong to our investigation into Ballou High School in Washington D.C., where we shed light on chronic absenteeism and a pressure teachers say they felt to pass failing students and get them to graduation.<p>The day after our report, city and district leaders …

Education

Global SPHERE Network promotes research opportunities for high school students

A coalition of U.S. educational institutions has launched an online database of opportunities around the world for high school students to get …

High School

Light Speed Delivery: The Smithsonian’s R2-D2 Mailbox

This wasn’t the mailbox they were looking for.<p>As part of a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the <i>Star Wars</i> saga, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) …