My daughter’s 8th-grade History and Geography teacher is teaching Ancient Civilizations this year. She gives some cool homework assignments.
Recently, R had to write three journal entries from the point of view of Emperor Wu, of the Han Dynasty. Each entry had to be six or seven sentences long and they had to include three innovations. Continue reading
This post doesn’t live here anymore. It has emigrated to my new blog:
The Big No-No: An Outsider on American Fascism,
where it resides under the title:
“What Is Good History Education: Civil War Battles or Why They Were Fought?”
Posted in History, Migrate
Tagged African-American History, America, American, Black History, Burgeroorlog, Civil War, education, geschiedenis, history, onderwijs, opinie, Opinion, slavernij, Slavery, United States
Posted in Migrate, Slavery
Tagged antebellum South, Black History, Civil War, creoles, geschiedenis, history, Laura Plantation, Louisiana, plantation homes, plantation owners, slavernij Amerika, Slavery, slaves, sugar cane plantations
We were driving in southeastern Okalahoma and then into southwestern Arkansas last week, in beautiful, lush green hills, when what did we see?
Yes, so I had to Google this to find out why on earth there was a Queen Wilhelmina State Park in Arkansas, USA.
So what were they thinking?
Posted in History, Holland, Recreation
Tagged Arkansas, geschiedenis, history, humor, KCP&G, Koningin Wilhelmina, koningshuis, monarchy, Netherlands, Queen Wilhelmina, Queen Wilhelmina State Park, railroad, royalty, society
image from wikipedia
An American Facebook acquaintance recently posted this video with the comment: “Just for the record”. I watched it and I found it to be a strange hodgepodge of information, rumor and images without commentary. It’s in Dutch, so let me briefly tell you what it’s about.
It begins with KLM, the Dutch airline, and its role in helping Nazis Continue reading
Posted in History, Holland, World War Two
Tagged Dutch collaborators, espionage, geschiedenis, history, KLM, Nazis, Netherlands, NSB, oorlogsmisdadigers, Prince Bernhard, spionage, tweede wereldoorlog, war criminals, World War II, World War Two
This is the sixth post in a series about American high school students’ impressions on a presentation about the Netherlands in World War Two. Click here for the introduction to said presentation.
“The resistance” was anyone who thwarted the German occupation and the German war effort in any way.
They could be teenagers, like high school boys and their teachers who organized into gangs, or men spying and communicating by illegal radio with the government in exile and with the allied forces.
Posted in High School, Holland, World War Two
Tagged education, espionage, geschiedenis, Headwaters School, history, Khabele School, Netherlands, resistance, sabotage, strikes, tweede wereldoorlog, underground railroad, verzet, World War Two, WWII
Photo: Rogier Bos
One thing every person my age grew up with in the Netherlands was war stories. Stories about World War II, that is. But before I share some of my family’s stories, let me first give some background info.
Germany attacked the Netherlands in the beginning of May, 1940, and a few days later we capitulated, because the Dutch army was pathetically outdated, having been neutral during World War I. Most soldiers moved around on bikes. The Germans bombed the hell out of Rotterdam and told the Dutch government that Utrecht would be next if they didn’t surrender. Continue reading
Posted in Holland, US Politics, World War Two
Tagged Bezetting, Dutch, German occupation, geschiedenis, history, Nederland, Netherlands, personal stories, persoonlijke verhalen, tweede wereldoorlog, World War II, World War Two, WWII