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Mark Thomas
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Teaching American History  - 
 
For the final four weeks of our school year, I'm showing students in all of my social studies class the 1987 PBS series, Eyes on the Prize.

While the content matches state standards for U.S. History, I'm also showing this to my Geography and World History, as well as my lone 7th Grade social studies class.

I thought I'd seen the entire series when it originally aired, but now I'm certain I missed quite a bit of the program.

The vast majority of my students know almost nothing of the Civil Rights Era, this despite the long-overdue coverage by state and local standards.

My students, who almost certainly believe I'm older than dirt, (I turned 55 last week), are appropriately stunned to learn the lunch counter sit ins and Freedom Riders events occurred during my lifetime.

They are, with a little prompting by me, understanding how television made it nearly impossible for many whites, especially in the North, (also largely segregated), to ignore the monstrous conditions still being imposed in the Deep South a century after the end of the Civil War.

Eyes on the Prize is a great instructional video for introducing the modern Civil Rights Movement.
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+Mark Thomas thank you so much for exposing your students to this information. You are, yet again, proving what a great teacher you are. BTW, please tell your students that one does not even approach the age of dirt until they are at least 100. Belated Happy Birthday.
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Weekly Theme May Day marks the start of Labor History Month

Without organized, mass agitation, history seems to show all gains for the (growing) poor and (shrinking) middle class are easy pickin's for the wealthy. 

Let's not forget - and honor with our own willingness to sacrifice - these May anniversaries of events that affected the lives of workers:

May 4, 1886 - The Haymarket Riot
May 11, 1894 - Pullman Strike
May 20, 1920 - Matewan Massacre 
May 28, 1851 - Ohio Women's Rights Convention
May 31, 1889 - Johnstown Flood
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Woohoo!!!! It is happening. Harriet Tubman is the new face of the $20 bill.
Harriet Tubman will replace President Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill, a Treasury Department official said Wednesday.
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In this I am in full agreement.  I loathe Andrew Jerkson.
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On this date April 4th in the year 1968 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Was assassinated by James Earl Ray as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis,Tennessee .... {Ancestral Drums are Beating}
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And the madness still exist today. We must never forget. RIP MLK.
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Yet another example of a U.S. based corporation supporting the facists in the build up to World War II.  (This article describes the links between Texaco and General Franco of Spain.)

The links between Henry Ford, Charles Lindberg, and Prescott Bush and Nazi Germany  are well documented.    And IBM provided the hollerith cards that allowed the Nazis to identify and track persons of jewish ancestry.

If you are aware of other examples, please share them to this group.
“Merchants have no country,” wrote Thomas Jefferson in 1814. “The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.” The former president was ruing the way New England traders and shipowners, fearing the loss of lucrative transatlantic commerce, failed to rally to their country in the War of 1812.
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We all know about the Southern Strategy, but this study purports to explain why the Southern Stratey works.
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Weekly Theme Matewan Massacre

For decades, particularly during the Cold War, high school U.S. history texts omitted or whitewashed most of the violence carried out against working people by private corporations, often with the help of state and federal troops. Among the events left out of textbooks was the May 19, 1920 Matewan Massacre, as well as the Battle of Blair Mountain, which occurred several months later in the mining hills of West Virginia.

Today, business interests use Right to Work laws, instead of bullets, to curtail worker rights. Have workers become too passive for their own good?
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Such a bad time for the coalminers back then. Trying to get a union started. My dad was a coalminer and other family members also. Still do.
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Thanks to +Annette Cleary for originally sharing this post on *History as Prologue."
Harriet Tubman and President Andrew Jackson lived on opposite sides of the American experience.
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This is absolutely cool!
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Today in American History - April 4, 1967

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks out against the war in Vietnam at Riverside Church in New York City.  King maintained his antiwar stance and supported peace movements until he was assassinated on April 4, 1968, one year to the day after delivering his Beyond Vietnam speech.

"Dr. King came to view U.S. intervention in Southeast Asia as little more than imperialism. Additionally, he believed that the Vietnam War diverted money and attention from domestic programs created to aid the black poor. Furthermore, he said, ‘the war was doing far more than devastating the hopes of the poor at home…We were taking the black young men who had been crippled by our society and sending them eight thousand miles away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in southwest Georgia and East Harlem.'”  - history.com

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History as Prologue Collections

Keeping up with the ever-changing times of Google, our community now has its own Collections site.

While I personally wish more members could add content to this community, my understanding is only the owner of a community can post to his or her collections. I'll do my best to add content from our community. In the meantime, please be frequent visitors to the collections so as to help this community's growth and visibility.

Thanks!
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Weekly Theme Before ALEC, business owners organized to thwart worker rights - with tragic consequences.
Let's not forget the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, 105 years ago on this date.
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Please checkout my newest blog post about the 1968 election.
It's my opinion that our current prison situation and our country's view of crime stems from decisions made in 1968, during the Presidential campaign season, by the Nixon campaign team. As the war in Vietnam was becoming ...
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  • Indianapolis Public Schools
    High School Social Studies Teacher, 2014 - present
    I teach sections of American History, World Geography and Current Events in one of our district's alternative education programs. I support students seeking to complete credit courses in social studies as they make their way towards graduation.
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    Classroom Teacher, 2012 - 2014
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    Content Editor, 2011 - 2012
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Avid Google+ fan, teacher, proud progressive liberal, history blogger and foodie.
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I received my student pilot's license on my 16th birthday. I'm an Eagle Scout. I was promoted, meritoriously, to Sergeant in the Marine Corps. I completed college in my mid-30s. I ran a small, hometown newspaper. I served a term as a council member in my hometown. I presented at a statewide conference on gifted education. Oh, and I saw Stevie Ray Vaughan four times during his final year on Earth.
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Defining the terms of my review, I've just returned from a tour of the Madame Walker Theater and my sole regret is having not visited the landmark sooner. There was no stage production or even rehearsal taking place during the tour. In fact, including my guest and me, I doubt there were ten people in the structure during the two hours of the visit. What made the experience so memorable was a 91 year old docent, a D-Day veteran who spent his youth living, playing working and learning along Indiana Avenue on which the theater was built when he was only aged five. Thomas Ridley, with the recall and energy of a man half his age, described the history of the building's namesake, Madame C.J. Walker, the nation's first self-made female millionaire who, as the child of two former slaves, built a thriving enterprise manufacturing and marketing hair care and beauty products largely for fellow African-American women. The theater, however, was built five years after the company matriarch died, by her also dynamic daughter and the Indianapolis attorney who managed the company both before and after Madame Walker's death. Built two years before the start of the Great Depression, the theater's four stories rose at the center of Indianapolis' thriving Black community. Mr. Ridley described how the theater showed both silent films as well as the new phenomenon of "talkies". As the Crossroads of America, Indianapolis was a regular stop for the top jazz bands of the day and Ridley believably saw them all. The architecture borrows from the flatiron style on the exterior, while the theater itself displays reminders of East Africa and Egypt, a preference of M. Walker's fashion conscious daughter, A'Lelia. The physical community described by Mr. Ridley is gone, an unintended consequence of desegregation in the 1950s and 60s and the unthoughtful effect of urban renewal of the 1970s. If you visit the theater, do so with an appreciation of the story represented by the building and not with the gauche idea of comparing it with some contemporary venue built with little consideration for community. If you're very lucky, Thomas Ridley will be your guide.
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