If we take a look at the political elite, Republican or Democrat, a commonality beguiles both sides. The Bush and Clinton dynasties must now deal with their Trumps and Sanders respectively. It’s not rocket science, though: whether on the left or the right, the everyday people are (more…)

The upcoming 2016 Spring semester will have students in my World History course learn what it is to “do” history. Further, I designed the “Naming Names!” project so that students can present there findings to the public, plus add a small “service learning” component to their historical studies. Here’s the gist: (more…)

A small band of so-called “militia” now occupies a tiny federal outpost in Oregon. Their discontent surrounds issues involving lands that are owned by the United State Federal Government and how they are managed. This “occupation” raises a central question that many have glossed over: why does the federal government own land in the first place? Additionally, why does the federal government’s land-holdings seem to heavily concentrate in the west?

The answer to the first question has to do with (more…)

Freshmen students at Yuba competed to make the blog this past Fall 2015 semester. The winner, posted below, did some terrific research on what it meant to be a woman, poor, and living in the confederacy with very little food. Entitled, “Blood or Bread,” Kim Stamper and Jabir Shergill did a terrific job researching, and writing for a (more…)

In 1989, President Ronald Reagan’s farewell address referenced a refugee crisis which lasted throughout his presidency and beyond: the “boat people” of Indochina. In the wake of America’s involvement in Vietnam, perhaps as many as 2-million Vietnamese, Laotians, and Cambodians began to flee repressive regimes beginning in 1975. It took twenty years for that refugee crisis to end.

Reagan faced the cameras and told of (more…)

I remember the day after 9/11, the professor stood at the front of the class looking rather pensive. The pressure was on. She knew there were to be a sea of faces and expectant stares. A collective “why” filled the room. She knew. We all knew. Professor C. must speak to us of the occurrence. Only, she had not any time to process just what happened only the day before.

“We were attacked,” she said while (more…)

They really ought to hand out merit badges after one learns to navigate the cumbersome Library of Congress (LOC) web site. Intuitive it is not!

Thus, when any institution makes discovering the contents of loc.gov easier, well by golly praise must assuredly follow. I wish to heartedly thank Yale University and the National Endowment for the Humanities for a fantastic new “Photogrammar.”  In their own words, the “Photogrammar” is (more…)

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