Monday, November 8, 2021

Amistad: Documentary and Website

Here is a fascinating documentary and a website about the Amistad.  Professor Marcus Rediker, who wrote a book about Amistad called "The Amistad Rebellion," produced the documentary.

The Amistad was a slave ship from Sierra Leone headed for Cuba when slaves rebelled and overthrew the captain and crew. They sailed to Long Island where they were arrested and, amazingly, eventually freed.

Professor Rediker wanted to examine the Amistad rebellion from a  point of view different from his book, which relied on traditional primary sources.   He and his associates traveled to Sierra Leone, where the Amistad slaves came from,  in an attempt to "recover a lost history  from below." 

Early in the documentary, Professor Rediker tells us that he wants to deepen our understanding of the uprising of 1839, especially the Amistad rebels themselves, as makers of history."  He notes that he wants to  "recapture the essential African side of the story."

The website includes educational resources for teaching about the Amistad Rebellion. These include links to web and primary sources,  videos, and additional material from Professor Rediker.

My students and I watched the first 15 minutes of the documentary today.  They learned about the Amistad and they also learned how history is written. They watched Professor Rediker move from village to village, trying to find links to descendants of the Amistad slaves. They looked like detectives more than historians.

Thanks to Eric Beckman for tweeting the link.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Two Great Documentaries: Temple Empire of Angkor Wat and the Spice Empire of Majapahit

Here are two great videos that work well for Unit 1 in AP World History.  Both come from Peter Lee in a series for CNA Insider, called "Mark of Empire."

In one documentary Lee reviews the temple empire of Angkor and in another, he reviews the Indonesian spice trade controlled by the Majapahit Empire. 

Peter Lee is an engaging host and clips from both videos would work well in class.


Sunday, July 4, 2021

Paradise Found: Wonders of Islamic Art: Awesome Documentary

Here is a terrific documentary about Islamic art

Waldemar Januszczak hosts the documentary and travels throughout Afro-Eurasia to review great Islamic monuments like the Great Mosque of Djenne in Mali,  the Ummayad Mosque in Damascus,  and the Taj Mahal in India.  

Januszczak also looks at Islamic objects like the 10th-century Egyptian jug carved out of a single piece of rock crystal.

Best of all, of course, is the Islamic history that Januszczak reveals throughout the course of the documentary.  

You can easily show clips about specific monuments like the  Mosque of Djenne or the Taj Mahal. If you google the title "Paradise Found: Wonders of Islamic Art," you will find a timeline of important events in the documentary. Clicking on events in the timeline will take you to the precise place in the documentary.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

How Slavery Shaped our Country: A Reading List from Clint Smith

 Clint Smith, author of "How the Word is Passed" and host of the new Crash Course series about black American history,  put together this reading list about slavery. 

He says these books helped him to understand how the history of slavery shaped our country. He notes that it is "by no means an exhaustive list" and says that "the scholarship on slavery is deep and rich and remarkable and one could make a list that truly goes on forever."

  • "Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory by David Blight
  • "The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation" by  Daina Ramey Berry
  • "In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City, 1626-1863" by Leslie M. Harris
  • "Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market" by Walter Johnson
  • "Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War's Most Persistent Myth" by Kevin Levin
  • "Slavery in the Age of Memory: Engaging the Past" by Ana Lucia Araujo
  • "Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America" by Ira Berlin
  • "They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South" by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers
  • "Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South" by Kenneth Stampp
  • "Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era" by James M. McPherson
  • "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery" by Eric Foner
  • "Those Who Labor for My Happiness: Slavery at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello" by Lucia C. Stanton
  • "The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism" by Edward P. Baptiste
  • "Capitalism and Slavery" by Eric Williams
  • "Empire of Cotton: A Global History" by Sven Beckert
  • "The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition" by Manisha Sinha
  • "Eighty-Eight Years: The Long Death of Slavery in the United States, 1777-1865" by Patrick Rael
  • "The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family" by Annette Gordon-Reed
  • "New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan" by Jill Lepore
  • "Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge" by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
  • "Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World" by David Brion Davis
  • "Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life" by Barbara J. Fields and Karen E. Fields
  • "The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics" by James Oakes
  • "Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World" by Jessica Marie Johnson
  • "Slave Testimony: Two Centuries of Letters, Speeches, Interviews, and Autobiographies" edited by John W. Blassingame

Saturday, May 8, 2021

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: Crash Course Black American History #1

Crash Course just launched a new series about American black history.  Some of the episodes are ideal for AP World History and on-level world history.  

Clint Smith, a scholar and writer, introduces the first episode about the transatlantic slave trade. He reviews the west African countries that provided the trade and discusses the impact of the triangular trade and middle passage occasionally quoting Olaudah Equiano and historian, Orlando Patterson.

The episode is both dramatic and engaging and an invaluable addition to world history classes.

Crash Course plans 50 episodes in the series. Here is a link to the introductory episode.


Friday, May 7, 2021

Charlemagne Introduction from SmartHistory

I am teaching post-classical Europe to my freshmen and just found this awesome Smarthistory introduction to Charlemagne.

Harris and Zucker place Constantine in context, reminding us about the fall of Rome and the existence of the Byzantine Empire. They go on to explain why Charlemagne is such a big deal. 

Their presentation is engaging and ideal for students.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Ghana, Mali & Songhai: Lessons for Hybrid Teaching

I begin teaching the African kingdoms after spring break.  The University of California at Davis has one of the best resources for teaching these kingdoms and the influence of Islam on them. It's called  "Sites of Encounter” and the sites include six trading cities including Calicut, Mali, and Quanzhou.

Each site has a series of lessons, many based on primary sources. I adapted the ones for Mali for hybrid teaching.

The first is a map activity that  I put on Google Draw. It asks students to annotate major African cities, physical features, and trade goods.

A second activity asks students to examine the effects of exchange on Mali through a series of short paragraphs for which students create a title and highlight evidence for the selection.

Next, students read a series of  Arab and North African sources on Ghana and Mali, answer questions on each source, and complete a chart.

Finally, I adapted an interesting lesson on Kongo from Nick Dennis and Toby Green. It reviews Kongo's political system, oral tradition,  writing, proverbs, and Minkisi.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Palmyra: Silk Road Center of Multiculturalism: Essay and Virtual Museum

Here is an excellent essay and fascinating online exhibition about one of the great trading cities along the Silk Roads,  Palmyra. 

The essay, called "Palmyra: Caravan City and Cultural Crossroads," describes the city as "a grand caravan city and center of multiculturalism... situated on a desert path linking the great land, sea, and river trading corridors that extended from China to Rome."  The essay might be a great reading assignment for a unit on the Sill Roads.

The exhibit is based on drawings made by Louis-Fran├žois Cassas, a French artist and architect, who spent time in Palmyra in the late 1700s. The Getty Research Institute acquired most of the drawings in 1984 and are the basis of the online exhibition.


Saturday, March 20, 2021

Nuremberg Virtual Museum

Here is a terrific virtual museum about the Nuremberg trials. The pilot site includes fantastic images of Hitler's henchmen and of the Nuremberg trials.  

The site also includes a page for image analysis and includes a link to the Library of Congress image analysis worksheet.

The site is called Courtroom 600 and plans a series of podcasts about the Nuremberg indictments.

 

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Imperialism in Africa Peardeck

Here is a Peardeck I made introducing Imperialism in the Congo and South Africa. It has 27 slides and a combination of text, maps, cartoons, and video. 

If you are interested,  click on this link and Google will ask you to make a copy. Once you open the copy, you will have to go to add-ons and click on PearDeck.  

Friday, February 5, 2021

Wordwall: Create Vocab Matching, Croswords & More

Wordwall is a cool website that allows you to make interactive and printable activities like the vocabulary matching activity below. 

Once you create the activity, you can embed it into a website like I did below, share it to Google Classroom, or get a link and share it with students directly.

I was even able to embed a matching activity into Peardeck.

Wordwall has templates you can adapt for different activities. Some of the activities include word searches,  anagrams, crosswords, jumbles, and more. 

The free version allows you to make five activities.
              




Monday, November 30, 2020

Middle Ages Review Hyperdoc

Here are two great websites for the Middle Ages.  One reviews the people and social hierarchy, the development of the church, literature and music, and the Visigoths and the Vikings. The second website reviews war and warfare in the Middle Ages

I made a hyperdoc to go along with the websites.

My thanks to a graduate student, Olivia Adams, for sending me the links to these websites.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Aztec Empie Digital Graphic Novel

Here is a terrific graphic novel about the Aztec Empire,  all online. Each chapter or episode has several notes pages at the end. 

For example, in the notes for episode one, the author includes a map of Tenochtitlan with a key outlining the major places.
 

Friday, August 21, 2020

Amazing Resources for the Conquest of the Americas

Here are some AMAZING resources from the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies & Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin.

Many of the resources look at the conquest of the Americas and ask students to examine the motivations and the different perspectives of conquest. Many of the primary sources are images.

Click on the K-12 curriculum. Scroll down and you'll see a terrific lesson for the Age of Exploration. Students learn about Cortes and Pizarro through two short videos and then analyze several images showing the encounter between the Spaniards and the indigenous Americans.

In another lesson, students learn about conquest perspectives through several fantastic images and a short account which you can see here.

The images are amazing and some are in formats that allow the student to zoom in and out.

Other lessons include "The 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the U.S.-Mexico Border," "Shared Resistance in the Mexican Revolution," and "Colonialism’s Impact on Mexico."

The undergraduate curriculum is also worth exploring, but require more time and work with online tools like StoryMap. In a unit called "In What Ways Might Colonization Lead to Rebellion" you will find some great resources on Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

New Ways to Teach about Revolutions


Here is a fantastic resource for your revolutions unit called "
Age of Revolutions."

It is an open-access academic journal with essays, roundtables, and book reviews.

In an on-going series called "Teaching Revolutions,"  you can read essays that offer new ways to frame the way you teach revolutions.  

In "Finding Genres of Revolution in the Classroom," Aaron R. Hanlon, a professor at Colby College, attempts to get students to "mute the tendency to conceive of all revolution within a liberal framework."   He suggests one way to do that with a comparative exercise in which students compare the US and Haitian declarations of independence.  He notes that "students were able to trace common rhetorical strategies—an appeal to “citizens”; an exposition of grievances—but also to identify tonal differences that reflect the different stakes for US mandarins versus enslaved Haitians."

In another essay called "You Can't Teach theAge of Revolutions without the Black Intellectual Tradition, Robert D. Taber, assistant professor of government and history at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina,  suggests new ways to think about "resistance and the politics of the enslaved" and reminds us that "a core piece of these revolutions was the way enslaved people pushed for their manumission and emancipation, individually and collectively." 

The website includes a section of new books about revolutions. These reviews are a good way for us teachers to learn about new research and even about some revolutions we do not teach in AP World.

For example,  Elena A. Schneider, author of "The Occupation of Havana War, Trade, and Slavery in the Atlantic World" and a professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley introduces her book about the struggles of black soldiers in Havana during the imperial wars. 

Another example includes book recommendations about the history of slavery. 

Here three historians offer book suggestions for educating ourselves about the history of slavery. These books include: 

  • "Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage," 
  • "The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of the Haitian Revolution" 
  • There is A River: The Black Struggle For Freedom in America 

The Age of Revolutions Website also includes sections with links to resources for specific revolutions such as the American, French, and Haitian revolutions.