Today is Memorial Day in the United States. The holiday was first celebrated in 1868 when Union General John Logan called for a day on which to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers. Originally known as Decoration Day, it was gradually expanded to honor the fallen soldiers of all wars and became official in 1971 when the Uniform Holidays Act set its official date as the last Monday in May.
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Thanks to Richard Byrne's list of 11 Social Studies Resources to Try in 2011, this continues to be the most popular post on The History Lab. And since it is now halfway through 2012, I thought it might be time to give it an update. All 60+ place marks above have been tested and now direct to live sites. Take a few minutes (or an afternoon) to explore your favorites, then check out the resources below for even more virtual tours and webcams.
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To learn more about the Homestead Act and westward expansion, try the following resources:
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Today marks the anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington state's Cascade Mountains. The eruption, which deposited ash in eleven states, caused more than $1 billion in damages and killed 57 people.
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To learn more about volcanoes in general, refer to this post.
On this day in 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered the unanimous ruling in the landmark civil rights case Brown v. Board of Education. In it, the Court declared that state-sanctioned segregation of public schools was a violation of the 14th Amendment and was therefore unconstitutional. This historic decision marked the end of the "separate but equal" precedent established nearly sixty years earlier in Plessy v. Ferguson and served as a catalyst for the expanding civil rights movement.
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My name is Angela Zorn. I work full-time as an educator at Bullitt Central High School in suburban Kentucky where I teach AP US History and AP US Government & Politics. In addition, I provide training & consulting services throughout the United States.