January 31, 1865 House Passes 13th Amendment

January 31st, 2012 by

On January 31, 1865, the United States House of Representatives passed what would become the Thirteenth Amendment.  The Senate passed the bill in April 1864.  While President Abraham Lincoln had announced in the Emancipation Proclamation that slavery would be abolished in the areas in rebellion against the Union during the Civil War, the Thirteenth Amendment Read more…

Calling All Kansas Teachers of Grades 8-12

January 27th, 2012 by

Explore the Expansion of Expression Topeka, KS June 5-6, 2012 Do you think you know the First Amendment? What civil liberties does it protect? Which rights qualify as “freedom of speech”? Apply for the 2012 Constitutional Kansas Conference and, and it just might change what you thought you knew about the Constitution. All middle-school and Read more…

SOPA Makes the Internet Mad

January 18th, 2012 by

We recently posted a Teaching With Current Events resource on proposed SOPA and Protect-ID legislation. These proposed pieces of national legislation, which have implications for freedom of speech and private property, have continued to dominate headlines. As David A. Fahrenthold of the Washington Post wrote today, “This is what happens when you make the Internet Read more…

Anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s Birth

January 17th, 2012 by

I am lucky enough to share a birthday with Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, and I wanted to make sure to remember him on this special day over 300 years after his birth. Franklin was born on January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts.  Although he was the old sage of the American Revolution and the Founding Read more…

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2012

January 13th, 2012 by

Americans honor Martin Luther King, Jr. each year on the third Monday in January.  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was first celebrated in 1986.  King was born on January 15, 1929 and was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the most significant and compelling civil rights Read more…

The Most Important Experience of My Professional Life: The Madison Fellowship

January 12th, 2012 by

One of the great features of a career in teaching is the opportunity to have a new start more than once a year. We start a school year in the fall, with nice, fresh bulletin boards, clean desks and floors, in a building that has been thoroughly scrubbed and shined during the summer. And then, Read more…

Common Sense Published January 10, 1776

January 11th, 2012 by

Thomas Paine published Common Sense on January 10, 1776, and it is believed to have greatly influenced support for the Patriot cause. Using clear, plain language, Paine rallied the colonists to support the break from Britain. He declared, “I am not induced by motives of pride, party, or resentment to espouse the doctrine of separation Read more…

Anniversary of the Death of President Theodore Roosevelt

January 9th, 2012 by

On January 6, 1919, President Theodore Roosevelt passed away.  Below is an excerpt from one of our background essays on Teddy Roosevelt. President Theodore Roosevelt brought a new attitude to the presidency, approaching it as a “bully pulpit.” Where his predecessors believed that powers not granted were forbidden, Roosevelt asserted that powers not forbidden were Read more…