History has Meaning

history matters 1 There is plenty of truth behind the old saying that history is written by the victors and the powerful. Unfortunately, that truth causes far too many people to simply dismiss history as slanted or biased. A recent article by Jonah Goldberg, entitled Words Matter, about language and the fact that words are losing any clear […] Continue reading →

Daily Life of a Yeoman Farmer

yeoman 1   The yeoman farmer was the backbone of society of colonial and early America. Rich merchants and plantation owners often get more coverage in history textbooks but the yeoman farmer easily outnumbered both of those groups. Yeomen owned small farms often worked solely by family members.   Daily Life Yeomen Farmer   Bradford Alexander swung […] Continue reading →

A Little Labor History on Labor Day

labor 1 Workers first organized into unions in America during the Antebellum Era. Largely unsuccessful, these unions focused on the textile industry, but during the industrial revolution of the Gilded Age three unions emerged and left their imprint on labor history.   The Knights of Labor Begun in 1869, the Noble and Holy Order of the Knights […] Continue reading →

The Spirit of the Montesquieu

Portrait of Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de la Brede et de Montesquieu Teacher: “Which Enlightenment thinker had the greatest impact on the U. S. Constitution?” Billy: “Locke and that whole natural rights thing.” Teacher: “Good answer, Billy, but not quite right.  Locke influenced the Declaration of Independence.” Maria: “Rousseau and the Social Contract?” Teacher: “Again, a good answer but there’s a better one.” The class looks at […] Continue reading →

Digging for History

Recently a 4,300 year old, golden hair tress was discovered at an archeological dig in England. Only a handful of these rare objects have been uncovered in the British Isles. The awesome twist about this find…it was found by four boys ages seven to ten who were Digging for History! Two sets of brothers, Joseph […] Continue reading →