why history matters/ knowing history & knowing who we are
We have to know who we were if we’re to know who we are and where we’re headed.- David McCullough
Instructions: All participants will read David McCullough's "Knowing History and Knowing Who We Are", The article is accessible via the web link below. Each participant will identify 2/3 of their favorite quotes found within the reading and write why (briefly) this quote appeals to them. In addition participants will respond to a minimum of three of their peer's posts.Please be certain to write your name at the end of your post, to indicate authorship.
chalk talk: knowing history and knowing who we are: why history matters
A founding contradiction: thomas jefferson's stance on slavery
Instructions: All participants will listen to or read the transcript of "A Founding Contradiction: Thomas Jefferson's Stance on Slavery" The Hidden Brain podcast by Shankar Vedantam is accessible via the web link below, Should you prefer the written transcipt it is also available. Each participant will identify 2/3 of their favorite quotes found within the [podcast/reading and write why (briefly) they found this idea interesting, shocking, right, wrong, appealing etc... In addition participants will respond to a minimum of three of their peer's posts.Please be certain to write your name at the end of your post, to indicate authorship.
The United States has its own set of founding myths and its own set of contradictions. One of the most striking unfolded in 1776 at a house on the southwest corner of 7th and Market Streets in Philadelphia. That summer, 33-year-old Thomas Jefferson rented rooms at this house. While he was there, he wrote the document that would formalize America's split from Britain - the Declaration of Independence. It says, we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal..., that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life... liberty....and the pursuit of happiness. And yet, even as he was writing these inspiring words, Jefferson was attended on by a slave. He was a 14-year-old boy named Robert Hemings.
- Shankar Vedantam