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For more information about Arizona v. United States, try the following resources:
- Arizona's Immigration Law (Politico Photo Gallery)
- Both Parties Claim Victory in Arizona Ruling (Wall Street Journal)
- Five Things We Learned from the Ruling (CNN)
- High Court Rejects Part of Arizona's Immigration Law (PBS - NewsHour)
- Media Quiz: Is the Glass Half-Empty or Half-Full? (The Nation)
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For those of us who can't listen to Sir Ken Robinson's Keynote Address at the annual ISTE Conference in San Diego tonight, I thought I would post one of his fabulous TEDTalks. In this follow-up to his 2006 talk in which he posed the question "Do Schools Kill Creativity?", Robinson makes the case for a shift from standardized schools to personalized learning.
On this day in 1812, President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Great Britain, the first such action in American history.
To learn more about the War of 1812, try the following resources:
- A Guide to the War of 1812 (Library of Congress)
- A Sailor's Life for Me! (USS Constitution Museum)
- The War of 1812 (Archives of Ontario)
- The War of 1812 (History Animated)
- The War of 1812 (PBS)
- The War of 1812: 200 Years Later (Smithsonian Magazine)
- The War of 1812: Still Seeking a Little Respect (Washington Post)
- The Whitewashed War (Foreign Policy)
- Treaty of Ghent (Library of Congress)
- War of 1812 in History and Memory (C-SPAN)
On this day in 1972, five men were arrested for breaking and entering into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington DC. When this "third-rate burglary attempt" was connected to President Richard Nixon’s reelection campaign, the scandal eventually led to the president's resignation along with indictment, trial, conviction and incarceration of 43 people - including dozens of top Nixon administration officials.
For more information about the Watergate Scandal, try the following resources:
On this day in 1215, King John of England put his royal seal on the Magna Carta, the first document forced onto an English King by a group of his subjects in an attempt to limit his powers by law.
To learn more about the Magna Carta and its effects on constitutional law, try the following resources:
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On this day in 1966, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision in the case Miranda v. Arizona establishing the principle that all criminal suspects must be advised of their rights before interrogation.
To learn more about the rights of the accused and the Supreme Court, refer to the following cases:
- Weeks v. United States (1914)
- Mapp v. Ohio (1961)
- Gideon v. Wainwright (1963)
- Escobedo v. Illinois (1964)
- Katz v. United States (1967)
- Nix v. Williams (1984)
- California v. Greenwood (1988)
All of my posts on the Supreme Court and its decisions can be found here.
On this day in 1987, in a speech commemorating the 750th anniversary of Berlin, President Ronald Reagan stood in front of the Brandenburg Gate and challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down" the Berlin Wall, a symbol of the repressive Communist era in a divided Germany.
All of my posts on the Berlin Wall and its history can be found here.
All of my posts on Cold War topics can be found here.
On this day in 1963, Governor George Wallace blocked the door of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama in a symbolic attempt to keep his inaugural promise to stop the desegregation of the state's only remaining all-white university.
To learn more about George Wallace and his stand in the schoolhouse door, try the following resources:
- A New Beginning: A Tribute to Courage and Progress (University of Alabama)
- George Wallace's School House Door Speech (Alabama Department of Archives & History)
- George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire (PBS - American Experience)
- Nicholas Katzenbach, Unsung Hero of America's Desegregation (The Atlantic)
- Wallace in the Schoolhouse Door (NPR)
All of my posts about the Civil Rights Movement can be found here.
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One of my favorite summer projects involves updating and organizing the permanent resources collections here at The History Lab. If you are unfamiliar with these, take a few minutes (or days) to explore the following LiveBinders:
- Digital Toolbox
- iPad Apps for Social Studies
- Primary Sources
- US Government
- US History
- World Geography & Cultures
- World History
In addition, I have collected hundreds of historical images, videos, and infographics on a series of Pinterest Boards.
If you have any suggestions for a resource I have missed, I would love to hear about it in the comments section.
Today marks the anniversary of the Chinese government's brutal crackdown against pro-democracy protesters who has gathered in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.
I've just updated the resources collected in the Tiananmen Square Massacre post.
For more information about the uprising in Syria, try the following resources:
- Guide: Syria Crisis (BBC News)
- Syria in the Spotlight (Wall Street Journal)
- Syria's Year of Chaos (Time)
- Syria Timeline: How the Conflict Has Escalated (The Guardian)
- The Evolution of Syria's Conflict (New York Times)
- The Rising Death Toll in Syria (New York Times)
- Timeline: Uprising in Syria (LA Times)
- Watching Syria's War (New York Times)
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This year, Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, marking 60 years on the throne. Only one other British monarch, Queen Victoria, has reached this milestone.
To learn more about Queen Elizabeth II and the British Monarchy, try the following resources:
- 60 Years in 60 Photographs (The Telegraph)
- 86 Surprising Facts About Queen Elizabeth II (Time)
- A Pictorial Timeline of Queen Elizabeth II Reign (The Guardian)
- Britain's Line of Succession (CBS News)
- Five Longest Reigning UK Monarchs (ABC News)
- Funding the Queen (The Guardian)
- Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work (PBS)
- Royal Life: The Queen Through the Years (CBS News)
- The British Monarchy (Official Website)
- The British Monarchy's Photostream (Flickr)
- The Diamond Jubilee (Official Website)
- The Queen (BBC History)
- The Queen: In Numbers (CNN)
- The Queen's 60 Years of Change (The Guardian)
- The Royal Channel (YouTube)
- The Stamp of Elizabeth's Influence (Time)