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Calendar of Cool: Brown v. Board of Ed

Calendar of Cool: Brown v. Board of Ed

On May 17, 1954, the ruling in the Supreme Court Case of Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka was handed down. In this decision, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that racial segregation in schools is unconstitutional, thus reversing an 1896 ruling that education should be “separate but equal.” The ruling stated that

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Ford’s Theatre 150 VFT: Calling For Student Questions

Earlier this month we invited you to join us LIVE on March 26, 2015 at 1pm ET for a virtual field trip to Ford’s Theatre.  In addition to registering, we’d like to invite you to submit a question using the questions box on the homepage, or to send us a video of one of your

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Fun Fact Friday: Alaska

Did you know that the US government purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867, for $7.2 million? It’s true! Alaska is the largest state in the US, with the longest coastline. Alaska’s coastline is longer than every other state in the US combined! According to Wikipedia, it is technically both the westernmost and easternmost state in

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70 Years Ago, Today

If you noticed Discovery airing programing like Schindler’s List and other holocaust related content over the past week, it’s no coincidence.  Today Discovery Communications is honoring International Holocaust Remembrance Day – which this year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Last week, Joe posted a number of resources for teaching about the

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Fun Fact Friday: Origin of Pumpkin Carving

Did you know that the Halloween tradition of pumpkin carving originated with completely a different vegetable? It’s true? The tradition reportedly began in Ireland, where they would actually carve faces into turnips, to represent spirits or goblins. According to Wikipedia, folklorist Jabez Allies described his recollection of the tradition as follows: “In my juvenile days

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