Saturday, April 03, 2004

History House Inc.

History House Inc. History like you should have learned it. Bizarre stories, trivia, and books every week.

From the site:

History House has been dormant for about 20 months now. All of its principals (Ian, Sebastian, Victoria) have not forgotten you, but they have been kidnapped by the hurly-burly of the world. Ian is nearing the end of his PhD, Sebastian's company is growing by leaps and bounds. For old times' sake, we are resurrecting a classic April Fool's piece and even wrote a couple of book reviews. We hope you enjoy.

Thursday, April 01, 2004


OCEAN Indexes the best history content on the net, including material in History World, from which it evolved. Also offers a toolbar with history search and timeline of world history.

From the site:

OCEAN (One-Click Edited-Access Network) is new from HistoryWorld, itself an award-winning educational site.

At the centre of the network is the OCEAN index, already containing more than 35,000 precise links to external sites.

This is (as far as we know) the only place where human editors are selecting the best online pages to deliver precise historical content on all branches of general knowledge.

No more sifting through the chaotic results delivered by search engines. And all OCEAN links are checked daily to ensure they are available.

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon This is a good biography of American President Richard Nixon.

From the site:

Richard Milhous Nixon ( January 9 , 1913 - April 22 , 1994 ) was the thirty-sixth ( 1953 - 1961 ) Vice President , and the thirty-seventh ( 1969 - 1974 ) President of the United States . He is the only President to have resigned from office. His resignation came in response to the complex of scandals called the Watergate conspiracy .

Nixon was raised as an evangelical Quaker by his mother, Hannah, who hoped he would become a Quaker missionary. His upbringing is said to have been marked by such conservative Quaker observances as refraining from drinking, dancing, and swearing. However, this is doubtful, as the evangelical sect of Quakerism known as Friends Churches, having been largely organized by itinerant Methodists, bore little resemblance to the traditional 'unprogrammed' Quaker religion, with its silent worship, avoidance of paid clergy, and strict adherence to pacifism. In any case, his father was less religious, focusing on the family business, a store that sold groceries and gasoline. There is much debate as to whether Nixon went through the expected Quaker soul-searching attendant on whether to become a conscientious objector in World War II. During the period of his political career, however, he was not a practicing Quaker.

He attended Whittier College (a Quaker school), graduating second in his class, and Duke University Law School, where he received a full scholarship. He served as a noncombatant officer in the US Navy in World War II , and was a lawyer for PepsiCo .

Sunday, March 28, 2004

Teaching America's Founding Documents.

Teaching America's Founding Documents. This essay presents idea for how to teach about documents like to US Constitition and the Declarartion of Independence.

From the site:

Great ideas about law, government, and the rights of individuals marked the founding of the United States of America during the last quarter of the 18th century. These ideas, embedded in America's founding documents, are the connective cords by which national unity and civic identity have been maintained in the United States from the 1770s until today. To be an American is to understand and to have a reasonable commitment to the ideas in America's founding documents. This Digest (1) identifies four founding documents and the great ideas in them; (2) discusses inclusion of the founding documents and great ideas in the core curriculum of schools, and (3) provides an annotated list of World Wide Web sites for teachers and learners on the founding documents and the great ideas in these primary sources.


Four key documents of the founding era in United States history are: (1) the Declaration of Independence (1776), (2) the Constitution of the United States (1787), (3) the Federalist Papers (1787-88), and (4) the Bill of Rights (1791).

The Declaration of Independence, approved by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, proclaimed and justified the separation of 13 American colonies from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and the establishment of a new nation, the United States of America. This founding document includes the criteria by which to determine whether or not a government is good and thereby worthy of support by people living under its authority. The first criterion is that governments are created by the people for the primary purpose of guaranteeing or protecting their God-given rights to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." The second criterion is that a government derives its authority from the consent of the governed, the people. A good government satisfies these two criteria or at least recognizes and addresses them, even if it does so imperfectly. A bad government either willfully disregards these two criteria or addresses them ineptly. If a bad government is impervious to improvement in terms of the two criteria, then the people have a right to revolution to change it, which is what Americans did through their War of Independence, 1775-1783.