In 1892, Homer Plessy was a 30-year-old shoemaker who lived in Louisiana. One day, on his way home from work, he got onto the railroad train and sat in a “white” car. He broke the law – a state law that said African Americans had to ride in separate railroad cars. He was arrested, put on trial, and convicted. Plessy appealed his case to the Supreme Court, saying his arrest violated the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution. His arrest violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, which states that he should be treated equally under the law.
The two-party system began with the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson agreed on nothing. From our free lesson plan: Step #1: Examine the facts. Turn these sheets into overhead transparencies. Cover over Thomas Jefferson and let the class speculate what he believed. Step #2: Compare & Contrast the two men. Step [...]
The most moving photo I have ever seen.
World History The Congress of Vienna, 1815: When Talleyrand and the others redrew the map of Europe, what did it look like? Adam Smith: During the Industrial Revolution, everybody and his brother opened a factory. To raise profits, the businessman cut wages. Who was willing to work for low wages? Thomas Malthus: Was he correct? [...]
You can always count on a different point of view from @MrDs_Nabe. Check out his latest post regarding the Confederate Constition: Article I, Section VIII, subsection 18: “Congress shall have the power to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by [...]
US History Celebrating Black History Month One of the darkest decisions of our supreme court? – The Dred Scott decision. World History How many of Magellan’s original crew made it back to Spain?
US History While Abraham Lincoln was certainly not a slave, he knew what it meant – to be deprived of the fruits of your labor! World History Pizarro was not a nice guy!
Talk about legacies: World History The man who’s lie made his name famous forever. US History The president who’s inaction can easily be called the greatest mistake a president has ever made.
Irony sells the plot. Just ask any good movie director or author! In History too – sometime our stories are fueled by irony: US History: Meet the Southerner with sympathies to the North and the victorious Northerner with sympathies to the South. World History: Meet the “Navigator” who never sailed a mission.
I love finding common themes from diverse places. My pursuit of daily warm-ups shows me just how often it happens. What’s the common theme between today’s? Queen Elizabeth I Zachary Taylor Join us in the comments section to let us know what you see as the common threads between these 2 leaders.
A common theme throughout history. When leaders do as they please it usually means bad results for others! World History – If King Henry VIII was privy to modern science (men determine the sex of a child), would England ever have gone to Protestantism? US History – James K. Polk knew what he wanted – [...]
World History A good idea not to be in France (Part 2). Catherine de Medici and the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre. Followed by some sanity and the Edict of Nantes. US History If you think standing firm against the opposing political party is hard – just imagine how hard it is to truly take on [...]
Still relevant. Still inspiring! After you’ve shown the clip to your students. Have them do this prediction exercise.
World History A good idea not to be in France (Part 1). Why a French boy named John moved to Geneva, Switzerland. US History Today is the 50th anniversary of JFK’s inauguration speech. We’ve secured a great 4 minute highlight clip that would be well worth the time to show to your students. View it [...]
US History – In Colonial days and the early United States, Tavern life was important for . . . ! Heck Martin Van Buren was a by product of the Tavern. World History – Maybe only the most important person history has ever known. Please join us in discussing ways to make our daily warms-ups [...]
Did England have any Renaissance artists? Indeed! Why so angry at the British Andy? – The Hero of The War of 1812.
Whether you teach US or World History, today is all about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The March on Washington – what was the purpose? We have also posted Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail and a class discussion. This letter is rather long, but it would make a great extended weekend reading assignment. [...]
US History – “The Tariff of Abominations” – predict the long term consequences. World History – I think we should stop feeding them to the lions!
World History – What Caused Paris to Become a City? – think Attila! US History – Why the “Era of Good Feelings” didn’t last long.
The birth of a nation and the downfall of an empire. US History – James Madison and the Stretchy Clause World History – Come on in Alaric, the water’s fine.
World History – Worst Mistake Ever? US History – Best Decision Ever? What if TJ refused the Declaration of Independence? It would be a little like you not taking advantage of our $99 Unlimited Download special! Napolean is being forced to take the deal off the table today (Monday 1/10/11) – so don’t miss out [...]
US History: How would you like to have to follow George Washington? World History: Who’s Buried in The Great Pyramid of Giza?
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For U.S. History: A list of Supreme Court decisions with brief definitions. http://nersp.nerdc.ufl.edu/~acadian/vickey/agout/ch20out1.pdf
Are you as jealous as I am? NCSS 2010 is in full swing and you’re not there (at least most of you aren’t). If you’ve never been before – it is like Christmas for Social Studies teachers. Lots of goodies to look at – lots of presentations to see – and most importantly a sense [...]
This is opposite of our traditional information dissemination methods – and will work wonders on their retention of the material. When students discover information on their own, they are far more likely to retain than when told to them.
Tonight’s #sschat What type of simulations have you used in your SS classes? What are the benefits of using? Looking forward to great chat.
OK – so the technology on that wasn’t what I had hoped. A bit of a bust, but hey we all have our learning curves. Please comment if you know of any good tools for twitter archival on a blog. Thanks – George
VOTE! If we do nothing else as social studies teachers, it is our job to instill in our students their need to vote. We are given a great opportunity in this country. Our government is by the people, for the people. This only works when the PEOPLE VOTE. Whether Republican, Democrat or Independent – VOTE! [...]
10 Amazing Cold War Propaganda Posters – The Cold War lasted from the end of World War II right up to the early 1990s, although the Soviet Union and the USA never actually engaged in direct battle. Instead, the Cold War was expressed through weapons development (the nuclear arms race), technological development (the space race), [...]