Civil War Education in High School and College

December 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Civil War Education in High School and College

Thomas Fangmann   Teaching the Civil War in High School and College Classrooms   For this project I have selected three articles from the journal The History Teacher on the theme of Civil War education. I chose this theme because memory of the Civil War and the Confederacy are salient themes within current political debates […]

My Education in History

December 12, 2018 | Comments Off on My Education in History

Michael Savoca HIST-799 Project 5 Why is it so easy to be drawn to something that is always just out of reach? For as long as I can remember, there has always been an innate appeal to the past and all those who inhabited a world that only now exists in memory and the materials […]

A short history of the ‘white genocide’ conspiracy – Julian

December 12, 2018 | Comments Off on A short history of the ‘white genocide’ conspiracy – Julian

The myth of ‘white genocide’ In the wake of a week of violent, racialized shootings in the United States at the end of October 2018, much attention has been given to the spurious beliefs held by white nationalists and neo-Nazis like Robert Gregory Bowers, who opened fire in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11 people. […]

Review of Jane Yolen’s “Encounter” by Ilanna

December 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Review of Jane Yolen’s “Encounter” by Ilanna

Encounter is a picture book written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by David Shannon. It tells the story of the first meetings between a young Taino boy and European explorers (presumably Christopher Columbus and his crew). Written in eloquent, lyrical prose and accompanied by beautifully painted illustrations, the book is both poetic and poignant. The […]

Historical Fiction Part 5

December 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Historical Fiction Part 5

As discussed as an option during the first class of the semester, this will be a piece of a semester-long project in which a historical fiction piece will be written. The excerpt continues on from where the previous left off. PROMPT WRITE A HISTORICAL FICTION THAT SOMEHOW: directly considers questions of what history is how […]

Review of Night by Elie Wiesel

December 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Review of Night by Elie Wiesel

Teaching teenagers about atrocities humans have committed throughout history is difficult for a variety of reasons that extends further than the actual facts of these events. One of the bigger problems teachers encounter when talking about atrocities is that the level of violence that occurred during these atrocities are hard to fathom and imagine other […]

Project 4- Should or Shouldn’t Historians be Pundits?

November 29, 2018 | Comments Off on Project 4- Should or Shouldn’t Historians be Pundits?

The question of whether or not historians should be pundits is currently under a lot debate.  Social media, the internet, and the current state of politics in America have created a culture where more people are consuming information about current events than ever before.  Accompanying the increased access to information inevitably is an increase in […]

Project 4 – Dangerous Games and the Current Use of History in Politics

November 28, 2018 | Comments Off on Project 4 – Dangerous Games and the Current Use of History in Politics

Thomas Fangmann The book Dangerous Games by Margaret MacMillan provides rich examples of the ways in which history has been used to shape the present. Some examples of the uses of history include: supporting the idea of the nation, creating group pride, justifying group grievances, providing entertainment, and so much more. Furthermore, MacMillan provides examples […]

Historical Fiction Part 4

November 28, 2018 | Comments Off on Historical Fiction Part 4

As discussed as an option during the first class of the semester, this will be a piece of a semester-long project in which a historical fiction piece will be written. The excerpt continues on from where the first left off. PROMPT WRITE A HISTORICAL FICTION THAT SOMEHOW: directly considers questions of what history is how […]

Competing Views of History in Denmark

November 28, 2018 | Comments Off on Competing Views of History in Denmark

As Margaret Macmillan points out in her book Dangerous Game: The Uses and Abuses of History, events of a nation’s past are often interpreted and commemorated selectively by political groups in order to promote a particular agenda. This is particularly true when the historical event in question was particularly traumatic or divisive. Macmillan cites the […]

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