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Archive for May, 2015

Review: Immigration

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Here is a helpful Power Point, presented chronologically and divided into periods, which summarizes immigration in USH.

Review: Evolution of Political Parties in USH

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Here is a document that shows the evolution of political parties in US History while comparing and contrasting opposing parties.

Review: Presidential Administrations

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

The key events, acts, etc. of each Presidential administration. The Presidents in Review.

Here is another version, also good.

Here is a similar Power Point version of the same

And here is the Presidential Rankings table posted in my classroom.

The Most Common* Job In Each State 1978-2014

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

…and the rise of truck drivers.

from our friends at Planet Money

KCRW Discussion: One Nation under God…but Since When?

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

American values may be compatible with the Christian Bible…but the Founding Fathers insisted on the separation of church and state. Yet many Americans believe they live in a historically “Christian Nation.” We hear about a long-running campaign to associate religion and politics.

Fresh Air Interview: How Ronald Reagan Used An ‘Invisible Bridge’ To Win Over Americans

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Between 1973 and 1976, Americans saw a president resign in disgrace, a calamitous end to the Vietnam War, gas lines at service stations, the financial collapse of New York City, two presidential assassination attempts, and the kidnapping of a publishing heiress by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

Perlstein says Reagan spoke to Americans’ anxieties with a simple message about America’s inherent greatness — and became the leader of a potent political movement.

“[Reagan’s] ability to preach this liturgy of absolution in the midst of moral chaos … was the soul of his political appeal,” Perlstein tells Fresh Air’s Dave Davies.

How Thousands Of Nazis Were ‘Rewarded’ With Life In The U.S.

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

In his new book, The Nazis Next Door, Lichtblau reports that thousands of Nazis managed to settle in the United States after World War II, often with the direct assistance of American intelligence officials who saw them as potential spies and informants in the Cold War against the Soviet Union.

Lichtblau says there were whole networks of spy groups around the world made up of Nazis — and they entered the U.S., one by one.

Fresh Air Intewrview: ’70s ‘Days Of Rage’

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Bryan Burrough’s new book describes the Weather Underground and other militant groups’ tactics to protest the government. He interviews former radicals who had never gone on the record before.

Fresh Air Interview: ‘Pope And Mussolini’ Tells The ‘Secret History’ Of Fascism And The Church

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

It’s commonly thought that the Catholic Church fought heroically against the fascists in Italy. But historian David Kertzer says the church actually lent organizational strength and moral legitimacy to Mussolini’s regime. Kertzer recently won a Pulitzer Prize for his book The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe.

How JFK made NASA his secret weapon in the fight for civil rights in America

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Most Americans know the name of the first black player in professional baseball — Jackie Robinson. But how about the first black professional in the US space program? 

That was Julius Montgomery. He was part of a small cadre of African American mathematicians, engineers and technicians who helped power the space race — at a time when laws kept them from using the same toilet as their coworkers. (Later, he also integrated the Florida Institute of Technology.) These men were the vanguard of what became a government strategy to integrate the South.

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