Saturday, March 20, 2004

Gerald Ford

Gerald Ford This is a biography of American President Gerald Ford.

From the site:

Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. (born July 14 , 1913 ) (born Leslie Lynch King, Jr. , renamed after adoption) was the fortieth ( 1973 - 1974 ) Vice President and the thirty-eighth ( 1974 - 1977 ) President of the United States . He remains the only President to serve without being elected to either the presidency or vice presidency.

Ford was a member of the House of Representatives for 24 years from 1949 - 1973 , and became Minority Leader of the House. After Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned during Richard Nixon 's presidency, on October 10 , 1973 , Nixon appointed Ford to take Agnew's place. The United States Senate voted 92 to 3 to confirm Ford on November 27 , 1973 and on December 6 , the House confirmed him 387 to 35.

When Nixon then resigned in the wake of the Watergate scandal , Ford assumed the presidency, proclaiming that "our long national nightmare is over". One month later, Ford gave Nixon a blanket pardon for any crimes he might have committed while President or indeed anything else he might have done - a move that many historians believe cost him election in 1976 .

Thursday, March 18, 2004

"Remember the Ladies"--Women in the Curriculum.

"Remember the Ladies"--Women in the Curriculum. This essay looks at the importance of teaching about the role of women in history.

From the site:

In March 1776, Abigail Adams implored her husband John to "...remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors...." This plea, unfortunately, did not affect the practical political behavior of John Adams and other founders of the United States. It was not until the 20th Amendment to the Constitution in 1919 that women throughout the United States gained a fundamental right of citizenship: the right to vote for representation in government.

The month of March, National Women's History Month, is an appropriate time to recall Abigail Adams' statement and to assess how women are treated in history and in other subjects of the social studies curriculum in schools. To what extent and how do social studies educators "remember the ladies" in curriculum development and teaching? This ERIC Digest examines (1) treatment of women in standard textbooks and curricula, (2) strategies for including women in the social studies curriculum, (3) available resources for teachers and students, and (4) justifications for improving treatment of women in the curriculum.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Historical Text Archive

Historical Text Archive This site features articles, books, and links for historical texts from several countries.

From the site:

Welcome to the Historical Text Archive !

The HTA publishes high quality articles, books, essays, documents, historical photos, and links, screened for content, for a broad range of historical subjects.

Founded in 1990 in Mississippi as an anonymous FTP site, when the World Wide Web became readily available in the US, it became a Web site as well.

This site is dynamic with regular additions to its contents and its link collection.

The site is divided into three sections: articles, e-books, and links. The article section contains the articles, documents, essays, and photographs. You can reach any of these by using the navigation table on the left of the screen or by using the breadcrumbs.

Sunday, March 14, 2004

German Immigrants: Their Contributions to the Upper Midwest

German Immigrants: Their Contributions to the Upper Midwest This lesson plan uses German immigration to the USA as a method for teaching information literacy skills, primary sources, and Web evaluation skills. It is geared towards secondary students.

From the site:

Why did Germans immigrate to the Upper Midwest in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century? What contributions did they make to the region's cultural heritage? Students use American Memory photographs and documents to answer these questions and others while strengthening their German language skills.

Content Objectives:

Students will:

gain an understanding of how contemporary lifestyles/cultures/traditions are influenced by the contributions of the settlers of that region; and

use their prior knowledge of German to discuss photographs of people.