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Surprisingly, my most popular post by over 4000 hits!! This post is a brief summary of the events that brought us to the point last fall when Korea fired its missiles.
A short post written during the Opening Day week of the current MLB season, this has been a surprisingly popular post, for what is essentially a missive supporting the inclusion of sports–specifically baseball–in our understanding of history. It is also a panegyric for baseball’s history, the only American sport with such old roots.
One of my favorite posts! In this post, I explored the Anglo-Saxon experience through literature, both modern and Anglo-Saxon. By following the link, down the page, to the Norton Anthology you can listen to Seanus Heaney read excerpts from his edition of Beowulf; before you start the recording, cue up the video of the fire to recreate the Anglo-Saxon experience.
Another of my favorite posts, this was written up as a review of a Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. It is literally a history of the color red and it’s development in the days when one paid extra for dye–sometimes quite a bit extra! The history hinges on the discovery of a South American species of insect that produces the color scarlet red. It is fascinating!
In reading The Ball is Round, A global history of Soccer, I stopped to ask whether the author’s claim that soccer, or football, belonged on the modern world history stage was really a necessity. In the end, while I found different points in his argument compelling, I am not sure that it is quite the requisite he claims it to be. Still, demonstrating a point by using real events in sports can often make it more memorable and accessible to students. I think it certainly bears consideration and one should at least take the investigation under advisement and explore the argument and its evidence.
This was the opening post in a series I wrote up about Washington DC based on the Washington Historical Society’s 2010 conference. The workshops I attended set up a nice program considering some different themes surrounding the capital city. In this first post, I introduce that program for the week of blogs that follow, including Washington DC’s spaces and places.
I was stimulated to write by an article for photojournalists and others who establish article and photo-editing. (Good advice for a blogger, too.) It spurned me to think of a number of ideas about how to adopt pictures into a more coherent and deliberate teaching strategy. This post is the result.
A timely post that picks up traffic in an anticipation of the Robert C. Byrd-created day of Constitution-learning. It is mandatory that educators spend time on the Constitution every September.
This post really took off in one day when it was StumbledUpon. Highlighting a brilliant enterprise of collaboration: IT geniuses came together to recreated a historical 3-D representation of Washington DC throughout its eras. Watch the flick and read about the creation process.
The fourth piece in this series featured a look at the National Mall. This is a short piece, but popular because of the provided images.