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Problem – Olney – Pullman = No problem

In our Pullman debates today (our attempt to resolve the labor issues in the Pullman Strike of 1894), KM, who was playing Governor John Peter Altgeld, reduced it all down to a mathematical equation—Attorney General Richard Olney and George Pullman … Continue reading

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The Beatles: 1000 years later

This was created by Scott Gairdner– comedy writer, director, and performer in Los Angeles. He is presently a staff writer for Conan.

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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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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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All kinds of research going on

In class today we were quietly reading some material on labor and the Pullman strike which afforded me a chance to touch base with some of my students regarding their research papers. (We will be working on preparing for a … Continue reading

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Thank you, Horatio Bat man

Presently we are in the midst of learning about the period of Reconstruction. We have immersed ourselves in lots of primary resources, challenging and sometimes obscure, at least to 8th graders–texts which reflect sophisticated vocabulary, complicated syntax, lots of double … Continue reading

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Who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb?

Right around the corner from the dorm we are staying in is Grant’s Tomb. I don’t know why I always thought it was in Ohio. I found it rather randomly, just wandering down Riverside Drive. It’s actually quite ironic in … Continue reading

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Tenement Museum

History is a long period of time but when looked at as a series of lifetimes it doesn’t seem that far away. At the Tenement Museum in New York City, the visceral and palpable meaning of this nearly overwhelmed us. … Continue reading

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“The cap in your mouth can obstruct breathing if swallowed.”

Riding home last night I was listening to NPR which had a report on the 14th annual Wacky Warning Labels Contest, started by Bob Dorigo Jones in 1997. The idea behind the contest is that in our litigious society, we are being over-warned … Continue reading

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