Happy 4th to the agitators, advocates, teachers, historians, organizers, rabble rousers, intellectuals, laborers, and muckrakers. To the pacifists, feminists, activists, … Continue reading Independence
Happy July 4! Today, as hot dogs and hamburgers grill and flags wave, the name Betsy Ross will no doubt … Continue reading Grave of the Week: Francis Hopkinson
Today is Father’s Day. Now that I have kids, it matters somewhat more to me than it used to, but … Continue reading Grave of the Week: Harvey Ross Ball, Father of the Smiley
In honor of Memorial Day, I have a new article up at We’re History that tells the story of American history through twelve very different cemeteries across the country. Check it out!
The history of the holiday we know as Memorial Day is a convoluted one: many towns and cities claim to have originated the practice, and it arose in some ways simultaneously in several places as a response to the apocalyptic death toll of the Civil War. At that time it was called Decoration Day, in reference to decorations left at the graves of war dead. Over the century following the Civil War, and especially in the aftermath of the nation’s other defining conflict, World War II, it morphed into a more general day of remembrance for those who died in battle. Continue reading “Grave of the Week: Memorial Day”
I love my job. Every day, I get to come to work and help students fall in love with the … Continue reading On Teacher Appreciation Day