Category Archives: History

A Horror-Show, For Sure

Last night I flipped through Hunter S. Thompson’s Gonzo Papers Vol. 1, looking for some peace of mind in his coverage of Nixon in 1969. I was not disappointed. From “Memoirs of a Wretched Weekend in Washington”: The Inauguration weekend … Continue reading

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We Filter and Warp the Thought of Others

With the APWH exam around the corner, my class is currently studying Period 6 (1900 to Present). Over the next few weeks we dig into the scientific developments of the 20th Century – Einstein, atomic bombs, immunizations, birth control, etc… Obviously, … Continue reading

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Oddly Aligned

The Sunday Review regularly produces a reliable number of history-related articles. Without trivializing the current importance of the stories, there are some great AP US History and AP World History connections in Isabel Wilkerson and Neil MacFarquar‘s stories this week (note: … Continue reading

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Du Bois Fought Back

Ta-Nehisi Coates brought this article on W.E. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction from the African American Intellectual History Society to my attention via Twitter. I wrote about the current “debate” awhile ago, but Guy Emerson Mount  provides a crucial reminder of … Continue reading

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Well-Written is Not the Same, Necessarily, as Popular

I saved James Snell’s article History is Literature awhile ago and finally got around to reading it. Given the limits on time that delayed this article for a month, I am terrified at the number of books I added to … Continue reading

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Which Her People Intended Should Exist in All Future Time

The Washington Post reports that, under new state guidelines, schools in Texas should teach that slavery was a “side issue” to “state’s rights” in the Civil War. Ironically, the essential Sam Wineburg’s tweet brought this article to my attention. No … Continue reading

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The Past is a Great Darkness

Several of my students recently read Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale as part of a literature circle involving Feed and Fahrenheit 451. As Handmaid’s Tale was the only one I had not read, I grabbed a copy. While a full … Continue reading

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How Can You Teach Genocide When You Haven’t Seen the Movie?

As a break between the APWH exam and the Global History and Geography Regents exam in June I am experimenting with a Choices unit on genocide. I need to find the right balance between the Choices lesson structure and my usual class … Continue reading

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The Week After

My students were WAY too confident coming out of the APWH exam. After reading the 2015 Free Response Questions I know why they were confident. I also know why I’m terrified. This year’s questions were incredibly fair and straightforward, although … Continue reading

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The World In Which I Live

The World History Association’s annual essay contest offers a $500 prize to K-12 students responding to the question “In what way has the study of world history affected my understanding of the world in which I live?”. Deadline is May 1. … Continue reading

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