Online Course Materials in History, Civics, Social Studies

This site focuses on big-picture retrospectives. Daily posts since 2018 on world and national histories are now nearly 1500-posts strong, linked to 10-year timelines going back to the 1450s, one-hundred-year timelines back to zero A.D. and then five-hundred-year timelines BCE, Before the Common Era. "What if?" and alternative history are important intellectual exercises that can … Continue reading Online Course Materials in History, Civics, Social Studies

Why Did the US Join WWI?

History Matters: "The United States could have, if it wanted, quite easily avoided entering World War One. Yet, in April of 1917 it did, joining the Entente and helping with their victory of the Central Powers. But why did the US get involved? To find out watch this short and simple animated history documentary." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhTFWe8dbEk

How Robert E. Lee Made the Momentous Decision To Oppose the Union

In light of the movement to take down Confederate statues, the life of Gen. Robert E. Lee deserves further examination. Jonathan Horn wrote about Lee's choices that changed history in his book, "The Man Who Would Not Be Washington." In it, he points out that in 1860, Lee was considered the representative of George Washington's … Continue reading How Robert E. Lee Made the Momentous Decision To Oppose the Union

China and India Share A 1,491-Mile Border. It Causes Conflict

Bloomberg Quicktakes: "The boundary between China and India represents the longest contested border on the planet. Confrontations between the two sides have turned deadly in recent years, as China becomes increasingly aggressive in the region." The scenery in this documentary is spectacular. The comments below this Youtube video are also illuminating. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKXldNsmRaw

Life and Times of the One and Only Frederick Douglass

Crash Course Black American History #17: "Clint Smith teaches you about one of the most famous writers, orators, and advocates of the 19th century, Frederick Douglass (1818-1895). Douglass was born in slavery, escaped to the North, and became one of the most influential people of his time. Douglass wrote about the experience of slavery in … Continue reading Life and Times of the One and Only Frederick Douglass

Social Media Backlash to Removal of Iconic Robert E. Lee Statue in Richmond

Did the mythology of the valiant and romantic Southern Lost Cause finally die In Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederacy, on Sept. 8? A huge statute of Confederate General Robert E. Lee was removed from Monument Avenue, the city's main boulevard, amid cheers. Several commentators have noted that "the capital of the Confederacy has … Continue reading Social Media Backlash to Removal of Iconic Robert E. Lee Statue in Richmond

Your Memories of 9/11? The Thin Line Between Life and Death

On the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, I asked readers of the Slender Threads newsletter to share their memories. Subscribe to the newsletter by clicking here, I shared "When stopping for a cup of coffee was the difference between life and death..." Reviewing old emails, I also … Continue reading Your Memories of 9/11? The Thin Line Between Life and Death

Like ‘Dark Ages’, The Medieval World Is Reconsidered

Common usage of the term "medieval" seems to equate it with "crude, violent, barbaric"; "backwards"; "savage," and "the dark ages." But Sarah McNamer, a self-described medievalist and professor of English and Medieval Studies at Georgetown University, has taken The Washington Post to task for incorrectly using the word. "It is manifestly false that the medieval … Continue reading Like ‘Dark Ages’, The Medieval World Is Reconsidered

How Tech Could Transform Education

The Economist: "The pandemic not only disrupted education—it also thrust technology onto a sector which historically has been slow to adopt it. Will classrooms ever be the same again? 00:00 How the pandemic has affected education. 03:08 Why the education sector has been slow to adopt technology. 05:02 Technology helps children have a personalised learning … Continue reading How Tech Could Transform Education

Frances Perkins, First Female Cabinet Member, FDR’s Secretary of Labor, Architect of Social Safety Net

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-iXj7LC9Fo Frances Perkins (1880-1965) was a labor activist who helped Franklin Roosevelt achieve New Deal reforms. Boston College Historian Heather Cox Richardson recounts Perkins' career, beginning with the investigation into the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, which killed 147 people. Click. Additional videos on Frances Perkins.