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Searching for Leadership in World War I

Belligerents, Causes, Leaders, and Present (1918) Results
It is ironic to talk about leadership when we discuss World War I. Almost all historians agree that the war was caused by either weak or reckless leadership on the part of the leaders of the European nations involved. Moreover, historians have documented the way generals in each of these countries made a series of tragic mistakes, leading to death in the trenches of Western Europe. Read More »
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Henry David Thoreau at 200

Walden Pond in late June. 27 June 2012
"As things turned out, Thoreau, very likely without knowing what he was up to, took man's relation to Nature and man's dilemma in society and man's capacity for elevating his spirit and he beat all these matters together, in a wild free interval of self-justification and delight, and produced an original omelette from which people can draw nourishment in a hungry day." —E.B. White, "A Slight Sound at Evening"Read More »

The Declaration of Independence as the Foundational Document in American History

“The Declaration Committee,” 1876 lithograph print.
In recent years, as primary sources become more central to teaching American history, students have been asked to analyze these documents for their historical and literary significance. Among the most important American documents, most teachers would include the Declaration of Independence along with the Preamble to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.Read More »
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Spiraling up with Summer Reading Selections from EDSITEment!

Amedee lighthouse spiral steps
Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time." —E.P. Whipple"There is a temperate zone in the mind, between luxurious indolence and exacting work; and it is to this region, just between laziness and labor, that summer reading belongs." —Henry Ward BeecherAs the old song goes: the “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” are upon us. The work of the school year lies behind.You are about to enter another dimension … next stop, the Summer Reading Zone!Read More »
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Re-discovering America’s Popular Poet: Carl Sandburg

Chicago skyline at dawn
“I see America, not in the setting sun of a black night of despair ahead of us, I see America in the crimson light of a rising sun. . . . I see great days ahead, great days possible to men and women of will and vision.” —Carl Sandburg interview with Frederick Van Ryn, This Week Magazine (January 1953)Ask your students to recall the last time they heard a poet read from their work on television or the Internet. Chances are they won’t be able to remember such a time, in the media or anywhere.Read More »
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