Category Archives: History

2015 AP US History Exam Debrief

My 2014 AP US History Exam Debrief has gotten a lot of traction on the site.  Now, it could not even possibly be considered to have gone viral in the grand scheme of the internet; but excluding the homepage (which post … Continue reading

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A Short Skiing History

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This week we’re back on the slopes, and a I’ll have a post recapping our trip when we return.  But until then I’ve put together a short post chronicling the development of recreational skiing. The earliest historical evidence of skiing are … Continue reading

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The Story of Finn McCool

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Giant’s Causeway in Bushmills, Northern Ireland is one of the world’s natural wonders.  It was formed around 60 million years ago, when volcanic lava protruded through the earth’s chalk beds creating liquid basalt ‘ponds.’  As the lava cooled the new … Continue reading

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Bonfire Night

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  Photo Credit: Marianne While many communities hold their celebrations on the weekend before or after (for logistical purposes); the 5th of November (today) is Bonfire Night in the UK.  Remember, remember the 5th of November… [By the way that … Continue reading

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History of ‘Le Tour’

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In less than a week the first stage of the Tour de France will be ending in the town of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom where I live.  And then will pass through again the next day during the second … Continue reading

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2014 AP US History Exam Debrief

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Prior to moving to the UK I taught high school history for seven years.  Six of those year I taught AP US History, which was my favorite course when I was in high school and one of the reasons I … Continue reading

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‘The Mill’ Revisited (or actually visited this time)

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A mill that was once rural countryside in Cheshire is now right next to the Manchester Airport (you literally take the airport exit to get there).  Here lies Quarry Bank Mill, which was the partial topic of one of my … Continue reading

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Fountain’s Abbey – A Brief History of One of England’s Monasteries

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Today, Fountains Abbey (just outside of Ripon in North Yorkshire, UK) stands as one of England’s best preserved monasteries.  It was founded in 1132 by Benedictine Monks following a dispute with St. Mary’s Abbey in York.  Fortunately for the original … Continue reading

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BBC’s “The White Queen”

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OK, OK; I know that for a history teacher having your first two ‘history’ posts be about TV miniseries may seem a little bit lame (ok, it may be downright criminal); but one thing that I have learned about UK … Continue reading

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Channel 4’s “The Mill”

Channel 4 has recently concluded its four part drama series The Mill.  It focuses around the lives of the apprentices, owners, and various other workers of the Quarry Bank Mill in Lancashire (countryside near Manchester & Liverpool) during the 1830s. … Continue reading

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