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Why Do They Call it "The Olympics" Anyway?

The Olympics“Holding an Olympic Games means evoking history.”—Baron Pierre de Coubertin, father of the modern Olympics.As the world turns its eyes this July to London, England, the site of the 2012 Summer Olympics, it will be fun to take the longer view by examining the historical and philosophical significance of the Games in Ancient Greece. In doing so, we should ask: What was it like to compete in or attend the ancient Olympics?Read More »
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FDR's Four Freedoms Speech For the Classroom

The “Four Freedoms” in historical contextOn January 6, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his annual State of the Union Address to both houses of Congress. At a time when Western Europe lay under Nazi domination and the United States had not yet entered the war, FDR boldly presented a “post-war” vision in which the American ideals of individual liberties were extended throughout the world. Alerting Congress and the nation to the necessity of war, Roosevelt made one of the most famous political formulations of the 20th century, announcing:Read More »
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Kipling for the Classroom

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“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”—Rudyard KiplingRead More »
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A Whale of a Reading!

http://www.whalingmuseum.org/programs/moby-dick-marathonPursuing Melville: “A Dead Whale or a Stove Boat”"I have swam through libraries and sailed through oceans."Read More »