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A People's History of the United States

A Note and a disclaimer.<p><i>The Note</i>: This great book should really be read by everyone. It is difficult to describe why it so great because it both …

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Welcome to <b>Historical Thinking Matters</b>, a website focused on key topics in U.S. history, that is designed to teach students how to critically read …

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Lesson 3: The Battle Over Reconstruction: The Aftermath of Reconstruction

The Lesson<p>Introduction<p>President Ulysses S. Grant presided over the waning days of Reconstruction.<p><b>Credit:</b> Image courtesy of American Memory at the …

LibGuides: Reconstruction The Gilded Age: Websites Online Curriculum

A lesson plan from the Library of Congress.<p>An online exhibit for students about the Reconstruction era. By Eric Foner and Olivia Mahoney, from …

Reconstruction and its Aftermath, a part of the African American Odyssey exhibition, is about the difficulty free blacks faced during the reconstruction period.

The Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 freed African Americans in rebel states, and after the Civil War, the Thirteenth Amendment emancipated all U.S. …

Gilder Lehrman Reconstruction Seminar Resources

The DBQ Project

Jackdaw.com Primary Source Documents

Checkout our hottest specials!<p>Civil War Album<p>Price: $61.50<p>Lewis & Clark Expedition: 1804–1806<p>Price: $69.50<p>Patriots and Loyalists<p>Price: $36.50<p>Silk Road<p>…

How to Create a Multimedia Timeline on HSTRY

Last fall I reviewed HSTRY when it was still in beta. Recently, it lost the beta label and opened to everyone who wants to use it to create …

4th July and Independence Day Facts & History

What’s so special about the 4th July? For Americans, it’s the day of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain – 238 years ago today. But do …

The 5 Key Attributes of the John F. Kennedy Allure

Full Text Version:<p>JFK is consistently ranked in the top three Presidents of all time in public polls (alongside Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham …

Battle of Monte Cassino

<b>17 Jan 1944 - 18 May 1944</b><p>Contributor: C. Peter Chen<p>ww2dbaseThe Allies reached the western end of the German Gustav Line in Italy in mid-Jan 1943. The …

When Was Adolph Hitler Born?

Saturday 20 April 1889<p>A photo of Adolph Hitler as a child.<p>Adolf Hitler was born on 20 April 1889 in Braunau am Inn, a town within the …

Emotional Drone Footage of Auschwitz Shows the Massive Extent of Concentration Camp

Drone footage released to mark the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation by Soviet soldiers shows the incredible extent of the camp at Birkenau. …

Where Did The Battle of the Bulge Take Place?

Towards the end of 1944, the Ardennes offensive carried Hitler’s vain hopes of retaking Antwerp, splitting the Allied forces and persuading the …

Remembering Dresden: 70 Years After the Firebombing

In the last months of World War II, Allied bombers from the British Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Force conducted several major bombing raids on the eastern German city of Dresden. Beginning on the night of February 13, 1945, more than 1,200 heavy bombers dropped nearly 4,000 tons …

Germany

Socratic Seminars

<i>"The unexamined life is not worth living."</i><b><br>-Socrates</b><p>The Socratic method of teaching is based on Socrates' theory that it is more important to enable …

Teaching

Primary Source Designs for Learning Handbook

Pre-Reading Strategies<p><b>Goal:</b> To establish purpose for reading primary source, to activate and build background knowledge, and address unfamiliar …

Primary Source Designs for Learning Handbook

During Reading Strategies<p><b>Goal:</b> To improve comprehension and analysis of primary source material and practice metacognitive skills.<p>SCIM-C<p>SCIM-C was …

Cartoon of the Day: Search Results

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How to teach mind mapping and how to make a mind map

<b>Introduction to Mind Mapping</b><p>Mind mapping is a visual form of note taking that offers an overview of a topic and its complex information, allowing …

Lecturing: Four Things to Keep in Mind | Teaching United States History

Many unseasoned (and plenty of seasoned) teachers hate giving lectures. I never feared lectures because I have a background in third-person …

5 Things You May Not Know About the Men Who Built America

Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller and Cornelius Vanderbilt are five of the greatest businessmen America has ever known. …

War

10 Things You May Not Know About Rosa Parks

On the afternoon of December 1, 1955, 42-year-old African American Rosa Parks, returning home from her job as an assistant tailor at a Montgomery, …

8 Things You May Not Know About the California Gold Rush

On January 24, 1848, a carpenter working at a mill in northern California made a discovery that would change the course of American history—two gold …