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The Underground Railroad: Separating Myth from Fact

I grew up in a house built in 1812, and there was one room in the basement that my grandmother believed had been a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Discussing Civil Rights with Kids: Because It Makes a Difference

What impact does Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech have today? Is it still relevant? Is it, perhaps, more relevant than ever?

Take a Walk with Ancient Human Footprints

Have you taken a walk today? Between 10,000 and 19,000 years ago, a group of early humans took a walk just like you might take, and left footprints behind to prove it!

 

Election Time: What Can We Learn from Historical Campaign Speeches?

Have you been watching the presidential debates? While some of the topics discussed during this year’s election cycle might not be appropriate for younger viewers, there are plenty of speeches being made and town hall meetings being held where the candidates speak about policy, the presidency, foreign relations, and many other things that are important for all of us to hear.

 

 

How To Talk To Your Students About 9/11

Teenagers who are entering 9th grade this year will be the first graduating class for whom the terrorist attack of September 11 is truly history. It happened before they were born. They have no memory of that clear, sunny, blue-sky day, no story that's been told to them about a parent picking them up from preschool in tears, no memory of their own. They only have what we as parents and educators can teach them.

A New Year, a New Ebook! Democracy and Civic Unrest
photo credit: Minnesota Historical Society

Welcome to 2016! The first few weeks of a new year always feel full of potential. Will this be the year you finally read War and Peace? Will this be the year you eat salads every day? Maybe this will be the year you finish writing a book, building a house, or training for a marathon! The possibilities are endless.

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