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1. Learning from the Past: What History
2. History Teaches Us to Hope: Reflections
3. Civic Passions: Seven Who Launched
4. Flight research : problems encountered
5. Ten Who Came Back: Their Own Stories
6. The US Campaign of 1813 to Capture
7. 41 Shots . . . and Counting: What
8. Using Internet Primary Sources
9. Using Internet Primary Sources
10. How to Teach about American Indians:
11. Media Messages : What Film, Television,
12. What They Didn't Teach You About
13. What They Didn't Teach You About
15. 13 Colonies! 13 Years!: Integrating
16. New York and Slavery: Time to
17. Social Studies for Secondary Schools:
18. Secrets of the Monarch: What the
19. The Pirates' Who's Who(with linked
20. The Star Spangled Banner

1. Learning from the Past: What History Teaches Us about School Reform
Paperback: 400 Pages (1995-02-01)
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"The quality of the contributors alone is enough to make this an excellent book. It is a valuable compendium -- and bibliography -- of recent thinking on the historical context of current discussions of educational reform." -- Robert A. McCaughey, Barnard College

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2. History Teaches Us to Hope: Reflections on the Civil War and Southern History
by Charles P. Roland
Hardcover: 416 Pages (2007-12-07)
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Asin: 0813124565
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Charles Pierce Roland ranks as one of the most distinguished and respected historians of the Civil War and the American South. A former president of the Southern Historical Association, Roland is the author of nine books, including An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War, the definitive biography of Confederate general Albert Sidney Johnston, and a history of the South since World War II.

History Teaches Us to Hope collects Roland's most important work--some previously unpublished--on secession and the Civil War, Civil War leadership, and the South in fact and myth, and also includes personal reflections by Roland about his own life and career. ... Read more

3. Civic Passions: Seven Who Launched Progressive America (and What They Teach Us)
by Cecelia Tichi
Hardcover: 440 Pages (2009-10-01)
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A gripping and inspiring book, Civic Passionsexamines innovative leadership in periods of crisis in American history. Starting from the late nineteenth century, when respected voices warned that America was on the brink of collapse, Cecelia Tichi explores the wisdom of practical visionaries who were confronted with a series of social, political, and financial upheavals that, in certain respects, seem eerily similar to modern times. The United States--then, as now--was riddled with political corruption, financial panics, social disruption, labor strife, and bourgeois inertia.

Drawing on a wealth of evocative personal accounts, biographies, and archival material, Tichi brings seven iconoclastic--and often overlooked--individuals from the Gilded Age back to life. We meet physician Alice Hamilton, theologian Walter Rauschenbusch, jurist Louis D. Brandeis, consumer advocate Florence Kelley, antilynching activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett, economist John R. Commons, and child-welfare advocate Julia Lathrop. Bucking the status quo of the Gilded Age as well as middle-class complacency, these reformers tirelessly garnered popular support as they championed progressive solutions to seemingly intractable social problems.

Civic Passions is a provocative and powerfully written social history, a collection of minibiographies, and a user's manual on how a generation of social reformers can turn peril into progress with fresh, workable ideas. Together, these narratives of advocacy provide a stunning precedent of progressive action and show how citizen-activists can engage the problems of the age in imaginative ways. While offering useful models to encourage the nation in a newly progressive direction, Civic Passions reminds us that one determined individual can make a difference. ... Read more

4. Flight research : problems encountered and what they should teach us (SuDoc NAS 1.21:2000-4522)
by Milton O. Thompson
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Asin: B000113KAA
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5. Ten Who Came Back: Their Own Stories and What They Can Teach Us About Reclaiming Our Friends and Family
by Tim Lale, Pat Habada
Paperback: 160 Pages (1998-02-11)
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Asin: 0816314063
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Ten Who Came Back explores the thoughts, feelings, and fears of ten people who left the church but have come back with renewed dedication. Each of these stories is unique. Perhaps you will empathize with them or better yet, learn from them. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wow...this book really helps you in life....
This book teaches you of ten people and there life experience in the world of being Adventist. Some of them had been born in a Christian home and some weren't. They all had to go through difficulties though. For example, Lee Ann. She grew up in a Christian home with her grandma, and mom. When she got to be eighteen years old she got married and thought that getting married was going to end up being fun. They went to Atlanta city and there they went to casinos and people thought she was twenty-one so they let her drink and play card games. She later started having marriage problems and so she gave up on her husband on inviting him to church because his mom had a very big influence on him that whatever the mom said he would do. She moved to an apartment and lived with a man named Fred, that wasn't her husband. Of course, the people at church eventually found out. The only time a pastor or an elder from the church came to her house was to tell her that her name was going to be removed from the name book of the church. She agreed because there was nothing she could do. The pastor told her mom and her mom said to him that they might as well take out all of the names out of the book because they had all committed sins also. So the Pastor decided not to take out her name because of that. She got into drinking and smoking and Fred didn't care at all. She got paranoid about her ex-husband. He washarassing her and following her everywhere. She felt like all the time that he was following her and so she would always turn around to see if he was behind her. The worst thing was that the police men wouldn't do anything about it. She got married to Fred and after that she started to think of their future kids. She said she wanted to take them to a Christian school, take them to church, and for them to have a knowledge of God. When she told Fred about that he didn't mind. He thought of it as a good idea. So when she had kids she took them to church and when she walked in there she felt like if the where all welcoming her with there arms fully open. That gave her the feeling of her wanting to come again and again.
So then her husband got baptized in a very cool way. He told Lee Ann that there children would be confused if they saw him going to a Catholic church and her in a different church. So he decided to take bible studies. Then he was convinced that he was wrong and that the SDA church was the best for him and his family. So he got baptized with her. They both knew that being at that church and holding to Gods hand would make a difference in their life.
There's more of these exciting stories that I recommend you.
It shows how not to fall in the same mistakes that those people fell in. So I grade this book as an excellent book. ... Read more

6. The US Campaign of 1813 to Capture Montreal
by Robert Sellar
Paperback: 38 Pages (2005-07)
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From the early 19th century comes a history so rich with heroic tales and epic battles as the early explorers wrestled civilizations out of the bare earth of North America. This time was marked with fierce conflicts and political skirmishes.The strategy was simple enough; the goal was the conquest of Canada. The old invasion route into Canada by way of Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River led directly to the most populous part of the enemy's territory.The US Campaign of 1813 to Capture Montreal tells the story of the struggle between the United States and Britian as they both attempt to be the victor in the capture of Montreal in this important event in the War of 1812. This heroic adventure is set along the St. Lawrence River of southern Canada and northern New York, and comprises many additional locations of modern history such as Fort Covington, Chateaugay, and Burlington, VT.Included are original maps and reports by some of the important figures in this account. ... Read more

7. 41 Shots . . . and Counting: What Amadou Diallo's Story Teaches Us About Policing, Race, and Justice (Syracuse Studies on Peace and Conflict Resolution)
by Beth Roy
Hardcover: 228 Pages (2009-04)
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Asin: 081560940X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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When four New York City police officers killed Amadou Diallo in 1999, the forty-one shots they fired echoed loudly across the nation. In death, Diallo joined a long list of young men of color killed by police fire in cities and towns all across America. Through innuendos of criminality, many of these victims could be discredited and, by implication, held responsible for their own deaths. But Diallo was an innocent, a young West African immigrant doing nothing more suspicious than returning home to his Bronx apartment after working hard all day in the city. Protesters took to the streets, successfully demanding that the four white officers be brought to trial. When the officers were acquitted, however, horrified onlookers of all races and ethnicities despaired of justice.

In 41 Shots . . . and Counting, Beth Roy offers an oral history of Diallo's death. Through interviews with members of the community, with police officers and lawyers, with government officials and mothers of young men in jeopardy, the book traces the political and racial dynamics that placed the officers outside Diallo's house that night, their fingers on symbolic as well as actual triggers. With lucid analysis, Roy explores events in the courtroom, in city hall, in the streets, and in the police precinct, revealing the interlacing conflict dynamics. 41 Shots . . . and Counting allows the reader to consider the implications of the Diallo case for our national discourses on politics, race, class, crime, and social justice. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An impressive recounting and analysis of the incident
One of the critically important issues of contemporary American culture is the intersection of race relations and law enforcement. As an experienced mediator in the San Francisco Bay Area and founder of the Practitioners Research and Scholarship Institute, author Beth Roy brings a special expertise to the subject in "41 Shots...and Counting: What Amadou Diallo's Story Teaches Us about Policing, Race, and Justice". The title refers to an incident in which New York police officers shot 41 times killing a young West African immigrant in 1999 as he was returning to his home from his place of work. His dramatic death incited intense interest in the African-American community. When the police officers were acquitted of any criminal conduct in the affair, the judicial system was looked upon by many minority groups as a seriously flawed instrument of enforcing social justice, proper police procedure, and inflaming racial tension. Strongly recommended for community and academic library contemporary social issues collections and reading lists, "41 Shots...and Counting" is an impressive recounting and analysis of the incident and its aftermath for the courts, the community, and the police. ... Read more

8. Using Internet Primary Sources to Teach Critical Thinking Skills in History
by Kathleen W. Craver
 Kindle Edition: 280 Pages (1999-10-30)
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Asin: B00200LPQG
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History teachers and school library media specialists will find this guide a valuable resource for creating technologically advanced, resource-based instructional units in American and World History in grades 7-12. It is filled with 150 recommended primary source Internet sites about history ranging from ancient civilizations to 1998 and is stocked with exciting, interesting, and challenging questions designed to stimulate students' critical thinking skills. Dr. Craver, who maintains an award-winning interactive Internet database and conducts technology workshops for school library media specialists, provides an indispensable tool to enable students to make the best use of the Internet for the study of history. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Resource for Social Studies Teachers
Kathleen Craver does a wonderful job in this book describing how to useprimary sources in the classroom. The first three chapters describe theconcept behind using these resources in the classroom.

In the next 200pages, she shares over 150 websites that contain primary sources. For eachweb site she gives a summary of the site and gives five or six questionsfor discussion or activities for students. This book will save you hourssearching the Internet for resources. It is well written and has a goodindex for locating topics. If you are looking for ways to incorporate theInternet in your lessons this is a great way to get started.

This is amust resource book for your professional library. ... Read more

9. Using Internet Primary Sources to Teach Critical Thinking Skills in History: Washington Tackles the Yugoslav Conflict
by Danielle S. Sremac
Kindle Edition: 296 Pages (1999-10-30)
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Asin: B002KKCYWU
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Sremac offers a penetrating look at how media-generated images and ideas reiterated throughout the Yugoslav civil war hindered Washington's ability to understand what was really happening in the region and made U.S.foreign policy a reflection of sound bites rather than sound reasoning. The process and ideology that guides Washington,in a post-cold war era has allowed special interest groups that understand how Washington works to put forth a message that appeals to tte media and receives endorsement by the U.S. foreign policymaking establishment. Foreign governments and thier supporters in the United States have increasingly tapped into this system. The Yugoslav conflict is one of the first and most important examples of how certain Yugoslav warring parties were able to play out a war of words in Washington to ultimately influence U.S. foreign policy toward the region. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars War of Delusion
This is the usual self justifying nationalist rubbish Serbed by a energetic and relentless defender of nationalist hate mongering and war crimes. Sremac traversed the country lobbying to prove that war criminals like Radovan Karadzic were really heros and the crazed blood soaked and self defeating nationalist lunacy they skippered was really a noble and heroic struggle for freedom.

This work dutifully conveys the stock lies of Serbian nationalist delusion: the evil Germans again out to destroy Yugoslavia; the treacherous US hell bent on imposing its evil world order on the peace and freedom loving Serbs; the deceitful western media out crucify the heroic Serbian people and their noble cause. It's a simple message: Serbs good - Others bad. Her psuedo objective language will only fool the converted along with clueless useful idiots willing to side with any one or anyhting seen as at odds with Washington.

For Sremac, the mistake the Serbs made, in their naive and innocent way and unlike those sneaky and nasty Croats and Bosnian Muslims, was not to hire PR experts to promote the "truth" about their "misunderstood" fight for freedom. Unfortunately there were many Sremac's from all sides - zombies blindly defending "their" sides role in the free for all slaughter, destruction and genocide that marked Yugoslavia's self destruction.

The following works should better clarify the record:

Balkan Holocausts?: Serbian and Croatian Victim Centered Propaganda and the War in Yugoslavia

Homeland Calling: Exile Patriotism and the Balkan Wars

5-0 out of 5 stars Coherent internaly and with other sources
Sremac is perhaps biased by any residual Serb identity but that is irrelevant if the claims and sources used agree with those of authoritative writers on the subject.

That appears to be the case in comparing her book with the NSA's expert during the war (John R. Schindler) and the US Army Intelligence's John E. Sray. Sadly, while the NSA was did not go public with its criticism of the standard interpretation, Sremac could have referenced Col. Andrei Demurenko's report on the Markale Markeplace bombings. David Binder had access to it but used a secondary source instead.

In the broader perspective, the account is accurate in terms of events and motivations seem in line with what is described by other sources as well. The book is in conflict with the popular conception of the war in that it does not believe Serbs to be guilty of Genocide, commencing the war, and other atrocities. That does not mean that she believes they did not exist.

War crimes and atrocities existed on all sides but she singles out the Bosnian government under Alia Izetbegovitch and the Croatian Ustashe government for particular cruelty and for using such as tools of war. Her case in that regard could be stronger but that is due to a perhaps excessive focus on the actual war instead of the propaganda war. She stops only to mention the occurrence without providing the amount of detail of the situation and the comparison with Western media beliefs.

This is understandable in an effort to communicate without boring the audience (Westerners refuse to listen to detailed arguments) but as any lawyer knows, omission is is potential failure unless the weight brings the case down.

A good book that perhaps deserves 4.5 but is given the benefit of the doubt for a still excellent understanding of events on the Washington side.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poorly written
Nothing in this book references back to the historic facts about the Bosnian right to independence, freedom, and democracy.Book has failed on numerous accountsto provide the overview of true causes of war and agression on Bosnia.

1-0 out of 5 stars Sremac's Fantasy
War of Words is an amazing piece of racist propaganda matched only by the fantasy-laden accounts of the wars in Yugoslavia which came from Belgrade's state-run media, or the version of the war in Iraq as told by the Iraqi information minister.Sremac is not only a representative of the Serbian government, hardly making her account unbaised, but fails to account for aspects of the Bosnian war (such as the starvation and murder of Muslim prisoners in detention camps) which were confirmed by witnesses from dozens of relief organizations and media groups, as well as thousands of tesitmonials at the UN warcrimes tribunals.Sremac further claims that Washington's motivation for supprting the Muslims was based on some crazy desire to intervene in countires after the cold war (laughable is you know anything about Clinton's record of intervention, or if you examine how long it took Washington to intervene in Bosnia and under what conditions).She relies on the accounts of the war from such indicted criminal murderers as Radovan Karadzic, and subscribes to common Serbian attempts to blame the victim of genocide for Serbia's vile crimes.If you want to know what it is like to read some nice racist fiction, or experience Balkan duplicity firsthand, pick this work up, glance it over, burn it, and then scold yourself for having put money in the pockets of somebody like Sremac.Further, the people on this site who wrote rave reviews of this book are probably either ultranationalist members of the Serbian parliament or themselves indicted war criminals hiding in Pale.

1-0 out of 5 stars Subjectivity vs. Objectivity
Danielle Sremac was a registered agent lobbying on behalf of a foreign government, namely, the Yugoslav (Serbian and Montenegrin governments) during the wars of the 1990s. This can be looked up in public records, as proscribed by law.
She is more than entitled to write a book about the wars, but one must exercise caution as to the content of her book. If this woman was lobbying on behalf of indicted and convicted war criminals, then much of her case would be higly suspect from the beginning. ... Read more

10. How to Teach about American Indians: A Guide for the School Library Media Specialist
by Karen D. Harvey, Lisa D. Harjo, Lynda Welborn
 Kindle Edition: 240 Pages (1995-12-30)
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Accurate instruction about American Indian people has been woefully inadequate to date. This guide will enable the school library media specialist to help teachers and students teach and learn about American Indian people, history, culture, and contemporary issues in ways that are authentic, accurate, and appropriate. It provides accurate information, recommends appropriate resources, and offers guidelines for selection of instructional materials and activities, plus model lessons for teaching in appropriate and culturally sensitive ways. This invaluable resource is designed to fit into existing classes and curriculum patterns and is both practical and thought-provoking. ... Read more

11. Media Messages : What Film, Television, and Popular Music Teach Us about Race, Class, Gender, and Sexual Orientation
by Linda Holtzman
Paperback: 384 Pages (2000-08)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Useful for Educators
"Media Messages" is one of the few books to confront issues of race, class, and gender in the media. Holtzman's work will be useful to media literacy educators seeking ideas for how to address issues of multiculturalism and the media in the classroom. Holtzman provides media activities that help readers and students reflect on their own racial, sexual, and class backgrounds and perceptions, and how the latter is informed by film, television, and popular music.
Her analysis is not just theoretical, but is supported with numerious examples of television shows, movies, and songs to explore issues of racism, poverty, and sexism. I recommend this book along Carlos Cortes's The Children Are Watching, and Zook's Color by Fox. ... Read more

12. What They Didn't Teach You About the Civil War
by Mike Wright
Kindle Edition: 316 Pages (2009-02-04)
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Asin: B0024NP5CE
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This fascinating book is a look at the ordinary people who fought the deadliest war this nation has seen. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Civil War 1998 or 1988?
An interesting read as was "The Civil War: Strange & Fascinating Facts by Burke Davis" (Hardcover - Dec 12, 1988).However it seemed to be the same book, the same chapters, with only a slightly different chapter order.

Wright credits the start of the Civil War to Abe Lincoln but the dates in his own chronology show that the Civil was was ongoing before Lincoln became president.In Kansas and Missouri the Jayhawkers and the Bushwackers were at it years before hand.John Brown was involved in the Kansas Missouri Actions but not as one of the ones who began the killings.

After his famous trial and acquital, he then led the raid on Harper's Ferry.

Abe Lincoln did not start the Civil War.It began decades earlier with prime causes starting as early as the Revolution.Many people had the opportunity to stop the war from happening but none did.

Slavery was recognized in civilized Europe as an evil before the Civil War began, and the agreements in the Constitution did not allow seccesion.

The wicked states destroyed the Articles of Confederation making the Constitution necesary.The majority of southern states ratified that constitution.Lincoln and the Republicans may have exceeded some federal authorities, but the causitive sins in the federal government were perpetrated by Southerners as well as Northerners and Lincoln was on record being willing to negotiate before the war.

Southern Agitators refused to allow peace and union.

Mike Wright ignores all this in his book.There are better books, more complete books and more accurate books.

The best thing about Mike Wright is his writing style which flows smoothly and interestingly.For that He is a good read.

1-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining- but terrible history
I'm not surprised that the author is described as a "television writer"- this book is a collectio of short, meaningless facts and falsehoods that do little for the understanding of one of the most important events in American history. His mistakes are mostly a matter of his lack of understanding of the wider history and context of the war; for example, he wries about Confederate "desertions", but the CSA didn't conscript of enlist soliders the way the North did. Instead, soldiers would come and go, leaving for a while to (say) bring in the harvest and then returning to the army. Typos, factual errors and just plain lack of understanding abound- just like television.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book
As someone with family roots from both armies involved in this war, I found this book to be more fair, honest, and true than many books I have read about the Civil War.

Unfortunately, it is normally the victor who decides what gets written in the history books, and much false or inaccurate information has been written about Southerners who fought in the War of Northern Agression, or as most know of it, the Civil War.

This book is full of interesting anecdotes and does afford some insight into the lives of those who experienced the War's effects first-hand. If you are a history buff, especially American history, then this book is for you.

1-0 out of 5 stars Factual Mistakes Combined with Unworthy Opinion
Civil War vignettes/anecdotes always make for an interesting read.But this book doesn't footnote its sources, makes unbelievable mistakes and the author's writing style is a condescending one, even as it becomes evident that the guy's opinion on some of the topics is totally outlandish.

Other reviews have already noted some of the ludicrous discrepancies.Some of the guy's commentary is no better.

For example, in arguing that the Confederate commanders were not superior as a whole (a fairly justifiable statement), Wright lists some of the Confederate commanders that were lacking.When he reaches Longstreet, this is what he writes."James Longstreet?Not first-rate, and many questioned his loyalty." The claim that Longstreet was not a "first-rate" corps commander (especially ironic since Longstreet commanded the ANV's First Corps) could certainly be argued and is by many historians.Longstreet was definitely the Confederacy's premiere corps commander after Jackson's death.

Wright's entitled to his opinions, despite the fact that he doesn't define any "first rate" commanders.But Wright oversteps boundaries when he insinuates that Longstreet's loyalty couldn't be trusted because he was Grant's best man at his wedding, or because Longstreet became a Republican after the war.What They Did Teach You About the Civil War is that Longstreet fought hard, fought well and suffered a permanent crippling injury for the Confederate cause.To question his loyalty is absolutely outrageous and not justifiable.Jubal Early would laugh in his grave at what Wright's "teaching" us.

3-0 out of 5 stars Two stars for scholarship, but ten for appeal!
As a Canadian, you can imagine that what they didn't teach *me* about the American Civil War was everything -- but after an accidental visit to Gettysburg this summer I was hooked. I began to read, and when I discovered Mike Wright's fascinating book in Toronto I thought I'd done some fabulous one-stop shopping! But then a number of Wright's facts just didn't jibe with what I'd read before and in numerous other sources -- George Pickett's wife's name, for instance (not Mary, but LaSalle), or Stonewall Jackson's final words. And the work is peppered with typographical errors, the most jarring of which is the reference to Winfield Scott Hancock as being Lewis Armistead's "closet" friend. So, on the one hand, What They Didn't Teach You About the Civil War suffers for want of both a fact-checker and a proofreader, and can serve only as a reference up to a point -- a PHENOMENAL shame. But on the other hand, this is such an entertaining read that I'd have to say I loved it, and would recommend it to those who, like myself, are most intrigued by the human face of this particular war and this particular age. If you're prepared to take what Wright says with the proverbial grain of salt, it's tasty in the extreme! ... Read more

13. What They Didn't Teach You About the American Revolution
by Mike Wright
Kindle Edition: 368 Pages (2009-04-03)
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What made the founding fathers so great (Or were they?). And don't forget the founding mothers. We have intrigue and skulduggery with spies from Nathan Hale to Benedict Arnold, including enlightening stops on the distaff side of espionage for Patience Wright, Lydia Darragh, and Ann Bates. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars More Interesting Essays
This book is a series of essays on parts of history that are skipped over in the schoolbooks.He repeats the claim that only "one third" wanted to separate from Britain (p.xii).Can this ever be true then or now?I would estimate that about 3 out of 4 would be a more realistic figure (from what I read about other countries).John Adams history of the Revolution was flawed by his notoriously bad memory (p.293).Or the way he wanted to remember it?

It tells how the Stamp Act resulted in the colonies forming a Congress and asking for its repeal, a direct tax.Americans did not have the gold and silver to pay the stamp duty (p.30).They raised their own food, and bartered; they could not print paper money.

On p.60 he says there is no "Butcher's Hall" on the site of the Boston Massacre (as depicted in Paul Revere's engraving)!Isn't that a symbol for the British barracks?

On p.64 he claims that a "guinea" is a pound (it is 21 shillings), and only worth about $1.35!That's way too low!Compare the price of homes, wages, etc. to find out its worth then.Page 82 repeats this mistake in currency evaluation ("$81").Page 101 tells of Tom Paine's suggested old age pension of "ten pounds a year"; that would make their pound worth about $1000.He also mentions a great increase in the poor before the revolution, but doesn't go into the cause.

Tradition tells of suffering, starvation, and death at Valley Forge (p.205).A National Park Service survey in the 1970s claimed differently; each month the 10,000 man army received a million pounds of flour, and a million pounds of meat and fish (3 pounds each a day).Surely the tradition is correct, and not the paper figures.But the winters in Morristown NJ were worse.

He notes that 18th century usage of words differs from the 20th century meanings.I read that "well-regulated" then meant "well-trained" or "well-practiced".

Chapter 8 discusses the East India Company's near bankruptcy in 1771.It got a government monopoly in the American market; no one could buy from any other source.This resulted in a 50% rise in price!Americans refused to buy it; in New York and Charleston they threw the tea into the river, and the bay in Boston.This led to hoarding weapons and gunpowder in the country, and the Battles of Lexington and Concord when the British tried to seize these weapons (a violation of their Bill of Rights).

Another factor was the Quebec Act, which extended Canada's southern boundary to the Ohio River.Forbidding emigration west of the Allegheny Mountains would prevent veterans of the French and Indian War from gaining their promised lands.

But the closing of the port of Boston resulted in uniting the colonies; they sent food to Boston.Committees of Correspondence were created to communicate between the colonies.Then the First Continental Congress met in Philadelphia; we know the rest.

The author tells how the military trainers had to explain the purpose of the actions (the big picture).And how one of the most important military skills taught was bayonet drill.Is this still true today?

4-0 out of 5 stars A reminder of what's important
The author provides a contemporary read of many key events in the American Revolution.Highly readable for someone who needs a refresher in the American Revolution but doesn't want to dive into the conventionalhistories.It IS readable and occasionally jabs with some unexpected wit. Wright takes fresh and vivid looks at the Boston Massacre, Saratoga, ValleyForge, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington that puts events in theirplace and reminds us of our humanity. The format does jump around in timequite a bit but the Revolution is a complex canvas.Thank him forfollowing our revolutionary personalities to their passings, an especiallymoving chapter.The book is warm and honest.You get to be the judge ofthe legend and reality.Like a small bag of potato chips, you are leftwanting more on many key events, but you get the feeling Wright did hisbest.We were just lousy historians while we were fighting for ourindependence.There are some great tidbits and pointers for those ofmilitary interest (See the description of the Battle of Cowpens).Thanksto Mr. Wright for a lively revisit to the American Revolution

4-0 out of 5 stars a fast read that grabs your attention and doesn't let go
A fun read that breathes life into all the old stories and characters.Gathers information from a voluminous amount of sources, and clarifies various bits of detailed information that was only hinted at before.Thebook also de-bunks some of the ongoing myths about the war.The onlyproblem I had with it, was that there were a few chronological jumps thatwere disorienting.All in all, an easy read for all.I couldn't put itdown. ... Read more

by James Louis
 Kindle Edition: Pages (2008-11-19)
list price: US$4.50
Asin: B001LK75OC
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Imagine waking up one morning to find out that you have no memory!You are not able to remember who you are or what happened in your life, yesterday or the day before that. You are unable to tell your children from total strangers, you cannot communicate with people because you no longer know how to greet them, or understand their.You don't remember what "the election," "war," or "the cinema" mean.Lack of historical memory is parallel to this loss of individual memory.The link on which we depend every day between the past and present would be lost if we had no memory of our history. And we would miss a great source of enjoyment that comes from piecing together the story of our past.Today educators are working to promote the study of history in the schools and at home. Knowledge of our history enables us to understand our nation's traditions, its conflicts, and its central ideas and values. Knowledge of world history enables us to understand othercultures.We hope to encourage children to love history and to enjoy learning about it. This book is a tool you can use to stimulate your children's active involvement in the history that surrounds them every day. It includes:* Basic information about history, and approaches to enjoying history with your children, aged 4-11;* History activities that you and your children can do -- at home, in your community, and out of town -- for no or little cost; and* History resources in your community and nationally, in bookshops, and libraries. ... Read more

15. 13 Colonies! 13 Years!: Integrating Content Standards and the Arts to Teach the American Revolution
by Mary Wheeler, Jill Terlep
Kindle Edition: 192 Pages (2006-09-30)
list price: US$27.00
Asin: B001EQ63BO
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Students revisit the American Revolution through guided practice activities, complete lesson plans, reproducible worksheets,poems, songs, and an educational play packaged into this unique teacher resource book. This title integrates creative arts, innovative activities, and original music. The content is selected to coordinate with National Standards for History, Standards for Grades K-4 and National Standards for United States History, Standards for Grades 5-12. Two other important components of the book are a musical play and a pantomime. While entertaining students, it develops varied educational concepts and expands critical thinking skills.Students may: Stage the musical for an audience; act it out in class; or read it silently. All lyrics can be used as songs or read as poetry. Everything is reproducible. Complete musical scores as well as the complete script of the play is included and ready for use in student productions.

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5-0 out of 5 stars 13 Colonies! 13 Years! - teacher review
I teach 5th grade U.S. History in Indiana, and I have repeatedly found 13 Colonies! 13 Years! to be a useful supplemental resource for my students studying the American Revolution.I particularly like that the classroom teacher can do as much or as little as time or classroom situations allow.For instance, teachers can use the many writing activites and puzzles, improve reading fluency with the many poems/songs, or present a small classroom play or an entire school play.It is very well-organized and user-friendly with accurate history research presented in a creative format.In addition, it is adaptable to other grade levels and aligns with state standards! ... Read more

16. New York and Slavery: Time to Teach the Truth
by Alan J. Singer
Kindle Edition: 166 Pages (2008-07-10)
list price: US$16.95
Asin: B003HC8HIA
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Challenges readers to rethink the way we view the nation's past and race relations in the present. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An absolute "must-read" supplementary resource for junior high, high school, and even college American History educators
Alan J. Singer (Professor of Secondary Education, Hofstra University) New York and Slavery: Time to Teach the Truth is more than a history of slavery in early New York; it's a guide for educators, historians, and thinkers to teaching the next generation the whole truth about New York's legacy of slavery, emphasizing that "Black History is American History". "Too often the public or 'official' version of history follows one of three fundamentally unreliable and predictable models. There is the uncritical patriotism presented at national monuments such as the Alamo or Mount Vernon... The 'Disney' version of history roughly draws on the past as a starting point to present entertaining and marketable stories that tells little about actual events or people... Meanwhile, for the so-called History Channel, history is most often reduced to blood and gore, a whirlwind of war, natural disasters, and other kinds of mayhem." Offering a variety of methods to teach young people the truth about the history slavery in America, from "mock slave auctions" to core historical ideas upon which a curriculum can be solidly grounded, New York and Slavery resists the all-consuming drive to make scoring well on standardized tests the goal of education, emphasizing rather the importance of focusing on the realities of history and helping young people become savvy critical thinkers. Indeed, the title of "New York and Slavery" is slightly misleading since it deconstructs myths about slavery in all the Northern states, not just New York. An absolute "must-read" supplementary resource for junior high, high school, and even college American History educators.
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17. Social Studies for Secondary Schools: Teaching to Learn, Learning to Teach
by Alan J. Singer
Kindle Edition: 430 Pages (2008-12-30)
list price: US$57.95
Asin: B001PNYJFS
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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This popular text advocates an inquiry and activity-based view of social studies teaching that respects the points of view of students and teachers. Based in practice and experience, it offers systematic support and open, honest advice for new teachers, is conversational not pedantic, and provides lots of examples. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Okay for Forced Reading
I had to read this for a college class.It's rather painful, but by college class standards, it's actually not that bad.I wouldn't say the author's style is exactly riveting, but it's a doable read.Chapter lengths are reasonable.

I wouldn't exactly wait up at midnight for this, but if you have to read it, just remember, it could be worse... a lot worse.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book forTeachers and Parents
This is an outstanding book, filled with terrific teaching ideas and concepts. I especially enjoyed reading the background information that was included about the contributors.
Teachers and parents will all enjoy ths book, and learn a great deal from reading it.
Many thanks to the contributors and editors.

4-0 out of 5 stars Determining Why We Teach
As a former high school social studies teacher, and a current college professor who teaches "Methods" classes for future social studies teachers, I found this book helpful in a number of ways.First of all, Singer knows his subject, and writes in an interesting and engaging way.The plain fact is that "Methods" textbooks in social studies are either dry as toast or are segments of more general Methods books whose authors do not really know social studies.Second, the most important advice Singer provides is that teachers have to plan in advance why a certain lesson, or unit, or approach is worthwhile -- in short, that they have to be engaged in their subject matter.While many students today (certainly in my university) will not be engaged in the same way as Singer (who came to social studies teaching from a radical political perspective, expecting to change the world via the classroom), students do have to develop a perspective on why they are teaching, and Singer's open-ended activities and thought experiments are very useful here.Finally, Singer does have good nuts and bolts suggestions on how to put together lessons, units, and even curricula, though the last usually depends on district policy so his advice may not be able to be implemented by many teachers, let alone student teachers.I would be the first to agree that some of Singer's suggestions are impractical or dated, and that the resources section of any textbook get dated very quickly in the internet age, but I wish my student teachers would consult this book more frequently once they begin their assignments in the classroom.While Singer would probably deny it, my assessment is that the book is geared overly much to U.S. History, and does not treat in as much detail as would be warranted World History, U.S. Government, and other standard social studies topics.

1-0 out of 5 stars Has this man been in a real classroom?
Save your money!!If this book is required for a college class do not waste the money on it.There is not a single useful piece of advice.The author apparantly has never been in a real classroom or spoken to a real high school student.

His advice is condescending and just plain wrong.The sample lesson plans are not practical for real life!The author gives instruction that are simply contradictory to the real world.

This is one of the worst books that I have ever read.If I could give it zero stars I would! ... Read more

18. Secrets of the Monarch: What the Dead Can Teach Us about Living a Better Life
by Allison DuBois
Audio CD: Pages (2007-12-03)
list price: US$24.99 -- used & new: US$3.36
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Asin: 1400105803
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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If you want to understand life, you must understand death. In Secrets of the Monarch, Allison DuBois shows how communicating with the dead has taught her important lessons about life and how listeners can apply those principles to their own lives.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Good condition
The book came in a timely manner and in good condition.I could only get paperback at the time, but it was kept neat.

3-0 out of 5 stars Could have been better.
The book is ok. After reading her first 2 books I thought the 3rd would have been great to. It just didnt do it for me. As one customer review said, she rambles on and on. I found the book hard to get through I had to force myself to finish it. I just hope her fourth book is just as good as her first 2.

1-0 out of 5 stars Vibrations
Dubois says p 181 that, "It would make sense that the frequency of the energy of our soul that is left behind after the death of our body could me matched my the living's energy and make it possible to communicate through a common vibration".She may have something here. I sneezed yesterday and owing to the vibration thus created I found myself faced by one of my late acquaintances.

3-0 out of 5 stars Some Secrets from the Living
I bought Allison DuBois' Secrets of the Monarch because I recently saw DuBois on a talk show and was curious about what her book would be like.She writes just like she talks: informally.The problem I had, though, is how much of the book is about what Dubois thinks and not so much about "what the dead can teach us...."I haven't read many books like this, so maybe my expectations were wrong, but I did expect for the bulk of the book to be about messages she had received from the dead through her work as a medium, either through her work as a psychic detective or as a reader for individual clients.It wasn't, and so I was disappointed.I haven't read her other books, so I don't know if they were the same thing.She also spent time defending herself for past comments and deeds that had either disappointed or hurt her in some way, but I think that this book wasn't the place for that.Otherwise, she should have given it a different title.The overall message, both from the dead and the living, is about forgiveness, living this life conscientiously, etc., which is good, I know.I just expected more information about what the dead can tell us.Her writing style is a little too conversational for my taste and makes her sound less intelligent than she is.Would I recommend this book?Yes, but with the warning that it doesn't live up to its title and that it's mostly focused on what Dubois experiences and believes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Secrets of the Monarch:What the Dead Can Teach Us About Living a Better Life
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have read Allison DuBois's other books and I love her style of writing. I turned down the pages that had the ideas I wanted to reread and when I finished the book I had to laugh. Many pages were dovetailed. I would definitely recommend this book. ... Read more

19. The Pirates' Who's Who(with linked TOC)
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-02-22)
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Asin: B0039NMSYG
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This ebook is complete with linked Table of Content making navigation quicker and easier.

The Pirates' Who's Who is a biographical dictionary of pirates and buccaneers including brief accounts of some of the most famous. You've heard stories of many of these pirates, now you have a listing of all the major pirates of an era and can reference the Who's Who to explore the colorful lives of more.

Content includes: SOME FAMOUS PIRATE SHIPS, WITH THEIR CAPTAINS; an example, the articles drawn up by the crew, Illustrations and Linked Alphabetical Table of Content.

Philip Henry Gosse (April 6, 1810 – August 23, 1888) was an English naturalist and popularizer of natural science, virtually the inventor of the seawater aquarium, and a painstaking innovator in the study of marine biology. Gosse is perhaps best known today as the author of Omphalos, an attempt to reconcile the immense geological ages presupposed by Charles Lyell with the biblical account of creation.

After his death, Gosse was caricatured as a despotic and fanatically religious father in Father and Son (1907), the literary masterpiece of his son, poet and critic Edmund Gosse. ---From Wikipedia ... Read more

20. The Star Spangled Banner
by Amy Winstead
Hardcover: 32 Pages (2003-06-03)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$7.45
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Asin: 0824954629
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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First time author Amy Winstead skillfully weaves a historically accurate, yet fictional, account of Francis Scott Key and the British bombarding of Fort McHenry. The story is told from the perspective of a young boy and his brother who accidentally become ensnared in the intrigue of the historic night and culminates in the writing of our national anthem. Dramatic and rich watercolor illustrations, accurate to the smallest detail, bring the action to life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must-read book for teachers!
If you haven't bought this book yet, you're missing a wonderful chance to help your children understand part of our nation's history.While beautifully illustrated, the story is what Amy's book is all about.

It can be difficult to locate history books which appeal to children.Amy has written one that will create among children an interest in learning about an important chapter in our country's history.

We can't wait for her second book! ... Read more

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