To learn more about the 14th Amendment & Reconstruction, try the following resources:
On this day in 1848, more than 300 men and women assembled in Seneca Falls, New York for the nation's first women's rights convention. The group was led by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton who introduced the Declaration of Sentiments, detailing the injustices inflicted upon women in the United States and calling upon them to organize and petition for their rights. The resolution, which included a woman's right to vote after some debate, marked the beginning of the women's suffrage movement in America.
To learn more about the Seneca Falls Convention and the Declaration of Sentiments, try the following resources:
All of my posts about women's rights can be found here.
In 2009 the United Nations officially declared 18 July as Mandela Day, honoring South African anti-apartheid activist and former president Nelson Mandela's fight for social justice and human rights. The goal of the day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better through 67 minutes of community service - one minute for each year of Mandela's service.
I just updated the resources collected in The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela post.
All of my posts on human rights can be found here.
The Presidential Timeline, developed by the University of Texas at Austin College of Education and the Presidential Libraries of the National Archives, provides users with access to an impressive collection of digital resources. These include documents, photographs, audio recordings, and videos that are linked via the interactive timeline.
In addition, users can choose to view a president's approval ratings at the bottom of the timeline. This is really helpful when trying to get students to make connections between a president's popularity and historic events.
The site also has educational activities designed to get students interacting with many of the resources on the site. While I haven't had a chance to look at all of these, the ones I have seem to be pretty good. I'm certain that some will find their way into my classroom.
Watch as sixteen year old Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot in the head for advocating for girls' education, addresses the more than 500 delegates at the United Nations.
Like most U.S. History teachers, I use these powerful images to help elicit discussion about child labor and labor laws at the turn-of-the-century. Now, thanks to Joe Manning's work on the Lewis Hine Project, we can also explore what happened to their subjects in the years that followed.
Thank you my Facebook friend Randy Hobson (@randyhobson) for sharing the video with his daughter this morning.
All of my posts about on labor and industry can be found here.
On this day in 1868, the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted. While the Amendment was passed during Reconstruction in order to protect the rights of former slaves, it has been cited in debates on topics ranging from immigration to the debt ceiling.
I just updated the resources collected in the Fourteenth Amendment post.
All of my on civil rights can be found here.
This is an interesting TEDxTalk from historian and author Ray Raphael. In it, he uses the story of the American Revolution to talk about how we construct our national narrative, carefully selecting which stories we share and which we ignore.
Thank you to Michael Kaechele (@mikekaechele) for sharing the link via Twitter.
I am adding the video to my TEDTalks for the U.S. History Classroom post.
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.