Category Archives: history

“The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro”–Frederick Douglass

Almost a decade before the Civil War, Frederick Douglass was asked to speak at Rochester, New York’s Fourth of July celebration (held on the fifth) in 1852. What the citizens, the white citizens, of Rochester heard was not what they … Continue reading

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My Bucket List with Eric Foner

It was the last day of 8th grade today. Next week is graduation rehearsal and graduation, but today was the last day of classes. I had a big pile of papers to get back to my students and I actually … Continue reading

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For a minute or two a primary source made Bobby Franks come alive

Yesterday, a parent came in to class to share some primary sources he had acquired. Since we are in the middle of our research project this seemed an awesome “show and tell,” especially because the items he was going to … Continue reading

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Historian as rock star

Eric Foner is a remarkable historian who has turned the Dunning interpretation of the period of Reconstruction on its head. His analysis of this period is stunningly intelligent and inclusive, speaking of the remarable far-sightedness, almost modern ring to some … Continue reading

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Meaning beyond Union

Abraham Lincoln was an afterthought, not even the main attraction at the dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg 149 years ago today. Edward Everett was the one everyone had come to listen to. He was one of most famous … Continue reading

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Gas leaks

The gas company is putting in new lines in the neighborhood. They have been working in the neighborhood all summer running pipes down the entire block. Today they dug a trench through our front yard up to the house. Sometime … Continue reading

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History isn’t supposed to repeat itself

The annual Pullman debates were today. The students take on the roles of Jane Addams, Eugene Debs (founder of the ARU-American Railway Union), George Pullman, Pullman Workers, the GMA (General Managers Association- a group of Railroad CEOs), Governor Altgeld, Rev. … Continue reading

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