Sunday, March 15, 2015

the Great Migration and Art

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Helmets in the classroom

I made a short video for students to learn about some of the material history of WW I and WW 2. Students should be able to identify the different military helmets worn by combatant nations during the World Wars in order to analyze visual primary source documents, such as propaganda posters, photographs, and political cartoons.

Additionally, it is a great opportunity for students to be able to "touch" history.
Believe it or not, many educators and students can not tell the difference between the types of headgear that soldiers wore during WW I and WW 2. This video is NOT comprehensive, however, it provides a basic primer for the purposes of allowing students to better understand the meaning of photographs and imagery from WW One and WW Two. Quiz yourself with pictures after the video.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ferguson Redux?

I came across these items at East Carolina University's archives. They are of interest today considering events of late in Ferguson. I am a historian. I have no agenda. Please consider history as a guide and teacher.

Race hatred on trial, issued by Communist Party, U.S.A. [New York, Workers Library Publishers, 1931] 47 p. ; 17 cm. "The trial of August Yokinen before 1,500 white and Negro workers in Harlem for acts clearly based on race prejudice." Here is a link to the entire text 

I found this in a 1964 Daily Reflector newspaper in Greenville, North Carolina, while doing research about the history of schools in our area. Make your own judgments about it. What are the causes, effects, and remedies to social unrest? I do not have the answers. I am a historian. I look at the past so that others may use it as a guide for future actions. Please consider the image below this one, too.

BELOW, is an image from an East Carolina University school newspaper. Here is a link to further information about it.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Richard Nixon issued this pamphlet in 1972 touting how he had widespread youth support. A close examination of the pamphlet reveals that many youthful stars were counted among Nixon's acolytes: Clint Eastwood and OJ Simpson being the most famous.
OJ Simpson is listed here on the left as being a Young Voter who supported the reelection of Richard Nixon.
Clint Eastwood is listed here as being among a Young Voter for Nixon in 1972.