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Things Are All Upside Down

Earlier this year, at a potluck dinner, a new acquaintance learned I was a history teacher and did that thing many do – told a story about themselves. Her story was a familiar one: about how “crazy left-wing” her high … Continue reading

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A Lost, Bowlegged Cossack with Rickets

A medium to longterm goal of mine is a re-write of our ancient civilizations, pre-history, and Neolithic Revolution curriculum. Pre-600 CE is not an area of expertise of mine; I know enough about it to know it’s way more fascinating … 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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