Thanks to all who entered our giveaway, if you weren't a winner stay stunned for another one in the coming days. I didn't update the blog for a few days so I'm going to share a few great links we missed!
Ellis Island Photos
There is something about these images that really moves me. It conjures up so many questions about the sacrifices of leaving and what they experienced as they arrived. Danny Greene leads some provocative discussions with our participants about immigration and Americanization. I think these photos could trigger interesting conversations in your classroom. Did these individuals assimilate? How and why did it occur?
Time Travel back to 1910
Curious City, a radio program produced by WBEZ, created this great interactive site that allows you to travel through Chicago in 1910. You choose an identity and visit different sites in Chicago. There are photographs and historic quotes. It really could be a great activity for your students do and then possibly recreate in other places or other characters. Be sure to also listen to their podcast on the this 1910 trip!
Gilded Age Artistic Furniture at the Met
The New York Times featured the Met's new exhibit on Artistic Furniture. It is always fascinating to see the craftsmanship some Gilded Age families could afford. If you're in New York be sure to check it out! Here's the link to the Museum exhibit itself.
There were some great articles and radio pieces last week that could be used to expand your knowledge of the era or could be used in the classroom to generate discussions on contemporary connections. Here's are some of the highlights:
Radio Piece on the political impact of the Chicago Defender
This WBEZ interview with Ethan Michaeli on his book, Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America, provides a great look at the Chicago Defender and its significant legacy. ENTER OUR AMAZON GIVEAWAY TO WIN A COPY OF THE BOOK!
Article on Progressivism in the 2016 Election
This article from the New York Times Magazine explores the use of "progressive" in the 2016 Presidential Race as candidates try to lay claim to this label. Beverly Gage provides a good overview of the "big-tent" progressives have occupied in the past.
Investigation into racism in the Temp Industry
This story about the struggles of temporary workers from the Center for Investigative Reporting works on many levels. How do modern journalists expose abuses of power? How do workers unite across racial lines? The second segment does a great job connecting this modern day issue to the past and the third segment explores the long struggle against job discrimination.
We are an institute for all K-12 teachers, with that, we created a source for teachers of the younger grades to use as they prepare lessons on the period. Take a look and let us know how you use it! We are just getting started on Twitter so you can find us @RethinkingGAPE or you can shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out Alice Paul's Google Doodle today in honor of her birthday. She is a fascinating figure in the struggle for women's rights. During the institute we view the film Iron Jawed Angels and delve into her complicated place in history at large.
This 2008 review by Sheri Brown of Addams and Keene's book, Alice Paul and the American Suffrage Campaign, provides insights into her life and legacy.
The Newberry, an amazing independent research library that we'll visit during the institute, generously posts digital collections for us all to enjoy. Take some time to explore their Digital Collections for the Classroom, you'll find topics across the humanities! The following collections were co-authored by some of our visiting scholars:
Here are some other highlights that relate to our Institute from their Digital Resources and Publications:
Our friends at National History Day have a some great resources related to this year's theme: Exploration, Encounter & Exchange. Whether you do History Day projects with your students or not, you can benefit from these activities related to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.
Their theme book includes articles and lessons on Imperialism, Immigration, Reform, and Native American Affairs. Be sure to check it out!