Join the BRI Staff and guests for a live webinar where we discuss pedagogy and practice around meaningful topics for the history and civics educator.
BRI staff Kirk and Rachel took moment to reflect during this challenging time by examining past crises in American history and evaluating what we can learn from them. They touched on a range of social and governmental responses to critical events and incorporated relevant primary sources, including FDR’s Fireside Chats, Alexis De Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, and various contemporary media responses to the 1918 influenza pandemic.
Alexis DeTocqueville, Democracy in America, Volume 2: https://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/tocqueville-democracy-in-america-historical-critical-edition-vol-2
Directive from Washington, D.C., regarding treatment and procedures. September 26, 1918, Naval Districts and Shore Establishments (Influenza Response): https://www.archives.gov/exhibits/influenza-epidemic/records-list.html
Smithsonian Article on the 1918 Flu: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/journal-plague-year-180965222/
FDR’s Fireside Chats: https://resources.billofrightsinstitute.org/virtues/felt-talking-fdrs-fireside-chats-identity/#summary
Leap Day and Other Oddities from History
In celebration of Leap Day, Join BRI staff, Kirk and Gary, as they explore moments in U.S. history that were as unconventional and inconsistent as this extra day in February. Which presidential assassination stories did not survive to modern times? And what were U.S. troops doing in the Arctic after the first world war? We’ll explore these questions and more.
March 11th Episode:
Robber Barons or Captains of Industry: Teaching the Gilded Age Economics
BRI staff members Rachel and Kirk will be joined by Nicole Moretti, World History/World Geography/A.P. U.S. History teacher from Lyman, Wyoming and BRI Teacher Council member, as they discuss the American industrial age and the ensuing economic explosion. They will consider whether the magnates of the Gilded Age were talented individuals whose skills benefitted society as a whole (captains of industry), or selfish individuals who harnessed the worst parts of human nature for their own gain (robber barons). They’ll incorporate two contrasting primary sources: Looking Backward, 2000-1887 by Edward Bellamy and Wealth Andrew Carnegie. You can find both readings here:Looking Backwards, Bellamy_Bill of Rights Institute Wealth, Carnegie_Bill of Rights Institute
February 26th Episode:
Presidents & the Constitution: Foreign Policy
Join BRI staff Kirk Higgins and Rachel Davison Humphries and Christopher Evans, BRI Teacher Council member and Teacher Advisor for the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, for a close reading discussion of James Madison’s Monroe Doctrine (AKA James Monroe’s Seventh Annual Message to Congress), and select other documents from the Annexation of the Phillipines.
You can find a copy of the Monroe Doctrine in our eLesson The Turning Point in US Foreign Policy. Or you can find an annotated version from our upcoming massive US History Resource, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness here: The Monroe Doctrine_Bill of Rights Institute
The selections from The Debate on the Annexation of the Phillipines come from our resource The Gilded Age and Progressive Era Unit 3, Lesson 2: The Rise of American Power in the World. You can find a direct link to this excerpt here.
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