October 2015 Blog Posts

Global Encounters for National History Day 2016

Sikh patrol passing through a village. From "The New York Sun," January 10, 1915
Last month we investigated how to find and use high-quality resources to help you start "exploring" your 2016 NHD project. This month we’ll focus on “encounters”. As NHD's Education Director, Lynne O’Hara,  notes in her very helpful introduction,Read More »
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Academy of American Poets Forum 2015

The Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets
For the past ten years as the leaves begin to turn in mid-October, poetry lovers from all over the country have converged on New York City for the Academy of American Poets annual Poets Forum. During the event-filled weekend, the public is invited to hear chancellors of the academy, and acclaimed poets, present readings and converse on the state of the art.Read More »
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Alexis de Tocqueville’s Warning: The Tyranny of the Majority

“First Blood.” This 1812 political cartoon shows the warring Federalists and Rep
A French aristocrat visits Jacksonian AmericaIn 1831, an ambitious and unusually perceptive twenty-five-year-old French aristocrat, Alexis de Tocqueville, visited the United States. His nine-month sojourn led to the writing of Democracy in America, universally regarded as one of the most influential books ever written.Read More »
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Witch-Hunting in Salem Village

Matteson painting inspired by Salem Witch trails depiciting courtroom drama
Witchcraft was hung, in History,But History and IFind all the Witchcraft that we needAround us, every Day —Emily Dickinson (poem 1583)October is here. As the days begin to shorten and late afternoon shadows grown long, we prepare for Halloween. Our fascination with the supernatural in all its frightening aspects seems to peak this time of year.Read More »
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