What Students Aren’t Taught About Woodrow Wilson

wilson 1 High school students in America learn that Woodrow Wilson had many progressive legislative victories such as the Federal Reserve Act, Fair Trade Commission Act, Clayton Antitrust Act, the Fourteen Points, and others. Unfortunately, what’s always left out is Wilson’s role in transforming the nature of government and the Constitution.   President as Policy-Maker Woodrow Wilson […] Continue reading →

Celebrating One Great Year!

wpid-Photo-20140729091000.jpg   One year ago “Life through the Lens of History” was born. What began as a hobby and therapeutic activity morphed into something I did not expect…something much bigger. Suffering from some serious medical issues, I began blogging to feel worthy of life–to somehow connect with others in a meaningful way to share my love […] Continue reading →

3 Lesser Known Outlaws of the Old West

outlaws 7 Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are names most Americans recognize in the annals of outlaw history. Often glamorized by popular culture and Hollywood, their fare consisted of robbing banks, terrorizing civilians, holding up trains, and murder. But there were many others that weren’t blessed through national exposure in the […] Continue reading →

The Daily Life of an Iroquois Native

iroquois 3 Today, “Life through the Lens of History” begins an experiment of sorts.  This is the first in a series of posts that looks at the daily life of average people in American History through the medium of historical fiction.  The stories may be simplistic, but they are based on history.   Daily Life Iroquois Native […] Continue reading →

Stamp Act Resolutions: The 3Cs Approach

stamp act 3 Last week “Life through the Lens of History” presented a method of analyzing primary sources called the 3C method. The post was very popular, so as promised, this follow-up demonstrates how the method works. The 3C approach is flexible and adapts to elementary, secondary, and collegiate classrooms.   A Quick Review The 3C method is a system […] Continue reading →

Nativism: Anti-Immigrant Behavior in U.S. History

nativism 1 When crisis situations arise, such as the border chaos going on right now in Texas and Arizona, Americans think it’s new, unique, and unprecedented. BULLSH$@! As pundits, politicians, and people debate our broken immigration system, an understanding of immigration history and the role of nativism is vital. Colonies and Constitution America is full of immigrants. […] Continue reading →

Top 3 Presidential Pastimes

wpid-Photo-20140710193902.jpg President Obama has caught a lot of flack for his golfing. It must suck in many ways to be under such scrutiny all the time. I mean heck, every President deserves some “chill” time. Of all the interests, hobbies, athletic activities, and things chief executives do to relieve the stress of office, there are three […] Continue reading →

On Vacation!

image Posts will be sporadic over the next two weeks.  This week I am in beautiful San Diego for the “AP by the Sea” workshops.  I am teaching that course next year and, according to my district, I need some education (Ha!). The following week I will be in Lake Havasu, Arizona (Yes, I know, it […] Continue reading →