I’ve long been fascinated by the Four Corners quadripoint in the United States. So when we planned a three-week adventure across the United States, Four Corners Monument was one of our must-see destinations. Read More
Tag Archives: American History
American families need to have a conversation about the internment of Japanese-American citizens during WWII. Going to ‘Allegiance’ is a great way to start! Read More
Traveling and American history are two of my biggest passions. So visiting locations that are important in history pretty much sums up glee for me. And William Zinsser, author of ‘On Writing Well’ among other books, pulls that all together in his book, ‘American Places.’ Read More
Amazon’s put the Kindle editions of a bunch of fascinating history books on sale today. If you need some good stuff to read this summer, go take a look! Read More
Learn about history through graphic novels, from the point of view of individuals and groups not usually represented. Read More
Learn about history from other points of view with this fantastic children’s adaptation of a modern classic. Read More
The National Archives’ Today’s Document project brings history to life through primary sources. Read More
We should all know more about Margaret E. Knight, an inventor in the 19th century. Her process for making paper bags is still used today. Read More
Swing dancing! The creation of Superman! Adagio for Strings! Radio Plays! Migrant Mother photojournalism! Heath bars! The Wizard of Oz! Monopoly! Last week I directed a summer camp all about America during the 1930’s. Read More
Did you know that Andrew Jackson’s mother saved him from a British prison camp? Or that Abraham Lincoln’s mom was a wrestler?
It’s easy to find books about the many presidents of the United States. Occasionally we also run into books about the First Ladies. But another important member of each president’s family is his mother, someone who isn’t often covered in the history books.
A new book called First Mothers, written by Beverly Gherman and illustrated by Julie Downing, aims to remedy this oversight. (Fathers of presidents are more often talked about, and are even occasionally presidents themselves.) Intended for kids aged six to nine, it’s still a fascinating read for any age, considering that we learn very little about presidents’ mothers in schools. Read More
You don’t need to be a homeschooler to need or want good reference materials at home for your kids. When we were kids, this often meant an expensive and heavy set of encyclopedias that are out of date as soon … Read More