Blogs tagged "U.S. History"

Truth and Memory in the Mississippi Delta: What the Emmett Till Case Means Today

Panelists Alvin Sykes, Wheeler Parker, and Jerry Mitchell
Rolando Herts, PhD, Director, The Delta Center for Culture and Learning, Delta State University, Cleveland, MississippiOn the same day when the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other national media outlets announced the reopening of the Emmett Till case, 36 K-12 educators from across the country were gathered for a panel discussion in the Tallahatchie County Courthouse, where the Till murder trial took place in 1955.Read More »
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Addiction in American History

Federal Narcotic Farm Dedication Ceremony, 1935. Lexington, Kentucky
By Cody J. Foster* Is the United States experiencing a resurgence of addiction or has it always been a part of the nation’s darker past? In what ways has addiction affected families and communities across the country? What can we learn from the history of addiction treatment and how might these lessons better inform our present-day policies?Read More »
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A Very Brief Introduction to the Modern World through Eighteen Maps

Early French map of New Orleans
By Julia Nguyen, Senior Program Officer, Division of Education Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities.Maps help us orient ourselves in a landscape and interpret the world around us. At a time when many of us frequently access digital maps on phones or in cars, there is still value in deep reading of historical maps first produced on paper.Read More »
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Five Essential Resources for Teaching Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt and United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
“One of the things people don’t understand about Eleanor Roosevelt, because she seemed so ladylike, and she has that aristocratic voice and that manner: she was tough as nails. In fact she was one of the best politicians of the 20th century.” — Geoffrey Ward, Eleanor RooseveltEleanor Roosevelt was a key figure in some of the most important social reform movements of the twentieth century, including the progressive movement, the New Deal, the women's movement, the struggle for racial justice, and the founding of the United Nations.Read More »
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