The Last Wompanoag Princess

The audio linked below gives an interesting view of a person whose ideas about the Pilgrims was very different than most.


Episode 118:
On the Shores of Assawompset



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This is the statue of Massasoit mentioned in the podcast.

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Trello Sign-Up

8th grade sign-up link


7th grade sign-up link

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Audio Notes – Townshend Acts, Coercive Acts, and Boston Massacre

Below you’ll find the link to the audio notes from the Revolutions podcast. Pay particular attention to how the events and people connect to each other and to events and people we’re already familiar with.

The Townshend Acts

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Trouble in New England – Video Notes

Below is the video on the New England cranks, witches, and other problems faced by the puritans.

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Columbus Day

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Today is Columbus Day, which I don’t celebrate and try to purposely ignore. I don’t even talk about Columbus much in class. The comic that is linked below will explain why.

Don’t Celebrate Columbus Day

Once you’ve read the comic you will have learned about another, more likable, Spanish adventurer/explorer. The comic suggests we should replace Columbus Day with Bartolomé Day. To complete this assignment make a flyer/poster in celebration of this new holiday. Flyers should contain the phrase Happy Bartolomé Day, they also need a tagline/motto which encourages the kinds of values this new hero stood for. Flyers do not need to be larger than a normal sized sheet of paper.

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Confederate Generals

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Yesterday you read an article about the violence in Charlottesville, VA. One of the sparks for the protests was the proposed removal of a stature of a confederate soldier. There are lots of opinions on what to do with old memorials especially those memorials which heroically depict men who fought for the Confederate States of America (CSA). A quick google search will give you more than you ever wanted to know on the opinions people have for an against such removals. A good example is the statue of Nathan Bedford Forest. Read a little about him here and then listen to this short piece of audio about his statue and the reasons why it was put up.

For homework answer these questions and be prepared to discuss them tomorrow. The last is based (in part) on the audio piece, the others will require further research and thought.

  • What is the argument of people who are for the removal of confederate monuments?
  • What is the argument of people who are against the removal of confederate monuments?
  • What are your thoughts on this topic?
  • What does Nate DiMeo mean when he says “…monuments are not memories…they have motives. They are historical. They are not history itself.”


You can write out your answers to these questions or email them to me at

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The Beginning of History

In the past few years I have had several people suggest that we start history classes with modern day and then work backwards through history slowly revealing how recent events connect with the past. This makes a lot of sense in some ways because arguably history isn’t linear and learning from history definitely isn’t. This means we could start anywhere we wanted in time and learn about history from that point or from multiple points.

I won’t be doing this entire year backwards, but I will jump a bit between recent and less recent history. Recently I was reminded that there are some events so important and momentous that we all but have to stop and think, “How did this happen? What led up to this?” The point is you can start history anywhere. For this year I’m starting it on August 11th 2017.

The protests and violence in Charlottesville, VA brought all this into sharp focus for me. The protests and resulting death on August 11th and 12th showed a darker side to American history. This is very recent history, but in a larger sense it is just the latest part of a story that has been playing out for a very long time. History isn’t a grouping of separate events. It’s a story in which the earlier chapters can often give us insight into what is happening in our chapter. More than that however, just like a novel the events early in the book dictate how the characters act in the closing chapters. How you feel (and the actions you take) about white nationalist ideas, and the events that followed are largely based on how well you know the story of race relations in the United States, the confusing narrative of the U.S. legal and police systems, and a multitude of other ongoing and connected stories. Our story.

Read the article in the link above. Feel free to look up other information as well if you have questions. I want you to write a response to this article similar to what you would write for a current event report. In your response consider these questions.

  • In your opinion who should we hold responsible for this violence?
  • Were the actions (of police, protesters, counter-protesters) justified? Why or why not?
  • Why is there so much tension between black people and white people? Not just in Charlottesville, VA but in other places around the country and in the country as a whole as well.

No summary is necessary.  This response should be about three-fourths of a page.

You can write this response long hand or type it and email it to me at (Make sure you put your name on it). Either way it is due this Friday, Sept 29th

(Write the assignment in your planner!)
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