Blogs tagged "World War II"

Memorial Day: Commemoration, Rediscovery, and Reconsideration

Photo of poppy field
On the last Monday in May the nation celebrates Memorial Day. It is, of course, a day off from school and work and the unofficial beginning of the summer. There are cookouts, picnics, and always a televised concert on the National Mall.Much more important, it is an occasion to pay tribute to those men and women who have died in defense of the homeland. There is a rich literature of speeches, stories, poems, and essays about these sacrifices. Read More »
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Teaching Advertisements as Primary Sources

Ad for Coca-Cola, 1890s
Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising. —Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s CourtRead More »
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Using National Endowment for the Humanities Resources for National History Day 2015

On September 29, I was excited to participate in one of the first National History Day webinars of the new school year: an example of NEH’s and EDSITEment’s partnership with National History Day.Read More »
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Dorothea Lange: “Grab a Hunk of Lightning”

Photographer Dorothea Lange takes a break on top of a car
Elizabeth Partridge is the author of the companion volume, Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning, (Chronicle Books). She is also author of the children's biography, Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange, (Viking Children's Books, Grades 4–8).“To live a visual life is a tremendous undertaking. I have only touched it, just touched it." Dorothea LangeRead More »
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