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End of TAH Days –Visiting Harpers Ferry, Antietam, Gettysburg, Lincoln Cottage with Arkoma Educators

  It will be a bittersweet three days for me on June 4, 5 and 6, 2013 when I travel under the auspices of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History with K-12 educators from the Arkoma (OK) Teaching American

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touching history(ans)

I couldn’t help but follow the previous post… no disrespect intended. Last week I had a chance to meet David Blight, whose work on the Civil War in American Memory I found so captivating. He was here, in Vancouver, to

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Touching History

183rd Ohio Volunteer Enlistment Document September 1864

As I walked into my friends house my interest was slightly peeked. Her description of some civil war stuff her mother in law had me a little curious. As I entered the dining room I actually gasped and became short

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African Americans in the Civil War (Lesson Plan)

“Ms. Laing we LOVED that lesson! Can you do more like those?” Hearing those words from high school students who have earned their reputation as an apathetic bunch, was like the proverbial music to my ears. I’ve been teaching my

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the Civil War in our memory

Besides my fascination with the mindset of slavery advocates, I’m starting to take a keen interest in Americans’ attitudes (if they have them) about the war. Again, the work of David Blight on Civil War in American Memory has been

Posted in Discussion, Memory

the first painting

The first mural in my room, a beautifully painted eagle breaking the chain to England. In its talons are the Declaration and Constitution. This one is 4 years old. I suggested we paint over it, but the kids fell into

Posted in Discussion, Images

decorating the classroom

I know the point to our group is to work with technology, but I am too happy with this not to share. I have two murals in my classroom. The first one will be in another post. The mural here

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Cool Tagxedo of Douglass’s “Cast Off the Mill-Stone,” Sept. 1861

Posted in Discussion, Word Clouds

“That is one angry map”

I started the new year with a piece of art to begin a conversation. The piece: State Names; 2000; Jaune Quick-To-See Smith; Born: St. Ignatius, Montana; 1940; oil, collage and mixed media on canvas; 48 x 72 in. (121.9 x

Posted in Discussion, Mapping, Word Clouds

Newspapers and the Civil War

I wonder how dreadful it must have been for Sam Wilkerson to write his story while sitting next to his dead son. Here was a journalist communicating with the most powerful medium available at the time. He illustrated courage and

Posted in Discussion, Primary Sources
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