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Long time, no see.

Hey y’all,

It’s been a long time since I used this blog, but I’m betting some of you will still get a notice that I posted in your email. I just wanted to emphasize that we have a really good teacher development opportunity coming up with the Library of Congress. Here’s how Matt described it in an e-mail:

“The first one is titled “Teaching with Primary Sources.” It focuses on the Library of Congress’ online resources (see attached flyer) and it will be held over a two-day period, from October 26 (Fri.) to October 27 (Sat.). This workshop will be held in the Music Classroom 154 in the Art/Music Building at CSU-Pueblo from 12-5 PM on Friday and 9-5 PM on Saturday. If you’re interested in this terrific learning opportunity, please contact Alysse McCanna in the History Department office to secure your spot. Lunch will be served. If you have specific questions about the workshop, please contact Dr. Jonathan Rees.”

Drop me an e-mail if you’re interested. I’m sure you can find my address somewhere.


Where can I get Jacob Riis photos?

Try here, for a start. You might also want to look at the book.

Darkness and Daylight: Lights and Shadows of New York Life, by Helen Campbell (1892).

Via American Abyss by Daniel Bender and Google Books:

I particularly like the homage to Jacob Riis in the circular inset at the bottom, or is it the other way around?

Lincoln the writer

My post tonight is very simple: A. Lincoln had a greater command of the English language than any president we’ve ever had. He could write prose that sings. The Second Inaugural Address, the Cooper Union Speech, and the Gettysburg Address—all documents we read today in the Museum–prove this. What if Jefferson Davis had some of Lincoln’s rhetorical abilities? What if he could use imagery and metaphor the way Lincoln could? What if he had Lincoln’s talent for detail and description? How would the War have been different? I stand in awe at Lincoln’s ability for the written word, and I consider myself fortunate to have read such beautiful language today.

Post-departure bureaucracy.

Just a reminder: I’d like to see a wrap-up post on your blog in the next few days. Also, those of you who haven’t hit the required twelve posts have some additional reflecting to do. The blogging really has been great this year. I look forward to reading all those new posts soon!

When your (mostly self-contained) lesson plan is done, e-mail the electronic version to me and Matt simultaneously. Also print off a paper version and send it snail mail to Matt at:

Colorado State University – Pueblo

2200 Bonforte Blvd.

Pueblo, CO 81001

See y’all back in Pueblo some time!


All, we’ll board the bus tomorrow (Thurs) at 7:45AM and depart by 8AM.  See you then!



Lesson Plan Topics (Philly Edition) [Updated x2].

This list will be updated as the come in via e-mail or in the comments below:

Becky Valencia – Quakers and Amish

Ryan Boyd – Historical Art Works

Dana Ferguson – Franklin’s Occupations

Brett Bridgeman – Franklin’s Experiments

Crystal Campbell: Amish v. Menonites

Lauren Gonzales: Washington’s Crossing and the Battle of Trenton

Connie Prewitt: Joseph Plumb Martin

Denyse Kunz: Colonial and Revolutionary Era Children

Dave Buckallew: Valley Forge

Staci Rodosevich: Gettysburg

Chris Jones: Bill of Rights

Elizabeth Aragon-Blanton: Women of the Revolutionary Era

Kelsey Moore: The Geography of Philadelphia

John Hutchins: Benjamin Franklin and the Post Office

Kelli Archuletta: Franklin as Enlightenment Philosopher

Donna Batt: Fugitive Slave Act

Wendy Shipley: Gender in Colonial/Revolutionary America

Marie Schwager:  Basic Constitutional Principles