May 29, 2020

Timely Connections: Slavery & Compromise

In a Fox News interview with White House chief of staff John Kelly on Oct. 30, 2017, the former marine general said that “the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War”. Kelly's statement set off a firestorm of impassioned responses across traditional and social media about the cause of the Civil War and the history of slavery and compromise prior to this seminal event. Read some of the contemporary articles, review background information about compromises over slavery prior to the … [Read more...]

Integrating Tech: NHD 2017 Digital Resources

General resources National History Day Contest Rule Book NHD 2017: Taking a Stand in History Themebook NHD 2017: Taking a Stand sample topic ideas Chicago Metro History Fair (CMHF) 2017 suggested topic ideas NHD 2017: Selecting a Topic for a History Project Curated resource lists for NHD 2017 topic ideas NHD 2017  U.S. History Topic Ideas Part I NHD 2017  U.S. History Topic Ideas Part II NHD 2017 European History Topic Ideas Part I NHD 2017 European History … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Sioux (Dakota) & Sitting Bull

Sioux Sioux images Dakota images Sioux ghost dance (film) Mary Louise Defender Wilson and Keith Bear: Sioux and Mandan Hidatsa storytelling and music from North Dakota streaming webcast Oral history interviews mentioning Sioux indians Indian fanfares: The Camanche revel, The Sioux gaillarde, The Manitou air dance Poems from Sioux and Chippewa songs Books related to the Sioux Texts related to the Dakota and the Sioux Sioux indian historic newspaper coverage … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Thanksgiving page Nov. 24, 1916

The Leavenworth Echo. (Leavenworth, Wash.), 24 Nov. 1916. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. Articles (Click the page image above to zoom in and read the articles or open this .pdf document.) The Nation's Thanksgiving New York "Kids" on Thanksgiving A Happy Thanksgiving Song of the Glad Folks … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Wampanoag

The Wampanoag the tribe in Massachusetts is famous for having helped the Pilgrims to survive the first difficult winters in America. Learn more by clicking through to the links below. Images Wampanoag image set Massasoit and his warriors Massasoit--On his way to meet the Pilgrims and sign the Peace Treaty Goffe rallying the men of Hadley [in defense of Indian attack during King Philip's War, Hadley, Mass., 1675-76] Historical newspaper coverage Massasoit … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: A Preacher Tries Farming

The page shown above comes from a transcript of a 1930s oral history interview with George Strester who remembers a memorable Thanksgiving time when his father, a preacher, tried farming in Nebraska in 1873. Click the links below to browse through some related images, then read Strester's whole story. Describe how the images enhanced your understanding of the story. young family, near Woods Park, Custer County, Nebraska sod house near Woods Park, Custer County, Nebraska Mrs. Debusk, … [Read more...]

NHD 2017: Selecting a Topic for a History Project

The graphic above from the Chicago Metro History Fair (formerly Chicago Metro History Education Center or CMHEC) is a great encapsulation of how to choose a topic for a history fair project. In addition, ask yourself the questions listed below. Does the topic relate to the 2017 National History Day (NHD) theme: Taking a Stand in History? For Illinois students, does the topic relate to local or Illinois state history? Does the topic really interest you? Do you have a personal … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: The Seminoles

Seminole image set Political cartoons related to the Seminoles Maps related to the Seminoles Seminole song recordings Books about the Seminoles Indian Chieftain newspaper 1882-1902 Seminole Indians historic newspaper coverage through 1922 Modern-day legislation related to the Seminoles Skulls, Scalps and Seminoles: Science and Violence in Florida, 1800-1842 streaming webcast Seminole Chief Osceola Osceola in Florida background Osceola of Florida portrait … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Election Day

Read the lyrics to the song shown above, written by Sylvia Fine. What is the main message of the song? What is the tone of the song? Which words help set the tone? How does the tone influence the feeling you get from this song? Now compare these song lyrics to a draft of the lyrics (.pdf document). In what ways did the song change? For example, were the changes more about the overall content (i.e., the song's message) or more about word choice? Explain which version speaks to you more … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Presenting Party Platforms

Zoom into this 1888 presidential election document online or in a .pdf document. Look closely at the graphical elements of the complete document and compare and contrast the presentation of information in the Harrison and Cleveland maps. Which is more pleasing visually and why? How does the visual presentation affect the tone of each map? Describe your findings using specific details from the maps to support your conclusions. Now compare and contrast the textual information presented on each … [Read more...]