Blogs tagged "american history"

The National Parks and History

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon. Source: author photograph
It was, and remains, the bluest blue I have ever seen. As I stood on a rock jutting out over Crater Lake, the remnants of a massive volcanic eruption 7,700 years ago, I thought about the immensity of time and history that gives this place shape and meaning. Then I leapt. The freezing cold water disrupted these thoughts for the moment, but the National Parks have a way of sticking with you.Read More »
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Telling America’s Stories with Quilts

Harriet Powers’s pictorial quilt 1898. Wikimedia Commons.
“We Americans have adopted quilts as a symbol of what we value about ourselves and our national history,” —Laurel Horton, “Speaking of Quilts: Voices from the Late 20th century.”Read More »
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A Special Guide for Teachers to the Films of Ken Burns

home page image from Ken Burns site
More Americans get their history from Ken Burns than any other source.  —Historian Stephen AmbroseOn May 9, 2016, the distinguished documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will deliver the Jefferson Lecture, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The lecture is the highest honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.Read More »
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“American Experience: Last Days in Vietnam”: A Classroom-Ready Resource

American Experience: Last Days in Vietnam gives a powerful account of the days leading up to the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. Produced and directed by Rory Kennedy and nominated for an Academy Award® for documentary feature, the film, featuring narratives from people who lived through this experience, illuminates the moral dilemmas facing both U.S. military personnel, who would have to disobey orders to save lives, and South Vietnamese, who faced imprisonment or worse if they could not—or chose not to—escape. The producers describe the film:Read More »
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Introducing the AP US History Study Guide: Gilder Lehrman’s One-Stop Guide to American History for AP Students

After many years of planning, the College Board has introduced an overhauled and redesigned AP United States History course for the 2014–15 school year. The changes to this course include a new curriculum framework, revised learning objectives, and the introduction of key concepts for each historical period. In addition, the AP US History test has been revamped to include a short-answer section and a revised multiple-choice section.Read More »
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