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First source:

date: April 29, 2010 last modified on July 8, 2013

Context: Biography

Content: Covers early life and rebellion

Significance: Has detailed information about his early life as well as a timeline

Use: Timeline of events could be used on the board

Second source:

Date: unknown

Context: Declaration

Content: Bacon’s declaration 

Significance: Has specific details of his rebellion and reasons 

Use: Could be used on the board as well. 

Third source:

Date: Unknown

Context: biography

Content: Easy summary overview of his lis

Significance: Clear and gives details but is short

Use: Can be used as an overview of events 



March 21, 2014 at 3:59 pm Leave a comment


Who played it?

Basketball was invented by James Naismith while he taught physical education at International Young Men’s Christian Association. He created the sport to be a combination of soccer, baseball, and football, encouraging teamwork and competition. When the sport started getting more popular, being played mostly by college teams around 1896. The sport got its first professional team about 2 years later.


At first, teams used a regular soccer ball, until the official basketball was made in 1894. James Naismith, for the first game, used a peach baskets as the goals (thus how the sport got its name). The goal then advanced in 1893 to a different type of basket with net that was fastened with chains at the bottom to catch the ball. In 1912, the typical basket was made, open at the bottom to allow the ball to fall straight through. The team players wore either football pants, jersey tights or short padded pants and knee guards.

Basketball then and now

Originally, the game was played in two halves, each half 15 minutes long, later changed to each half lasting 20 minutes. Team sizes were also different; at first it didn’t matter the size of the team, however, it eventually changed in 1897 in which five players were on each team.

Importance of the history of sports

Learning about the history of something helps everyone see how it has changed, advanced and progressed. Everyone is familiar with sports because it is a big part of our culture. Thus, by learning about the history of sports, we are learning a little bit about the history of our culture, other than just learning about the wars, government and laws that were formed and how they were formed.




March 7, 2014 at 1:57 pm Leave a comment

1800 schools

The Teachers, Students and Books

Education in the 1800s was governed by the parents. Thus, the parents elected who was going to be the teacher, as well as they were the ones who selected the textbooks and created expectations as opposed to the government. The teacher had close relationships with the parents as well as the students, and often times if the parents couldn’t afford to pay the teacher, they instead provided food, clothing and shelter. Before the Civil War started, many of the teachers were men. However many became soldiers for the war, and as a result, the majority of the teachers were women. 

The students of all ages were grouped together into a one-room schoolhouse. Most of the students were needed at home to help with farming. A typical school day started at 9:00 and ended around 1:00. 

The students used textbooks like “The Blue-Backed Speller” by Noah Webster, “McGuffey’s Eclectic readers” by William H. McGuffey. The Blue-Backed Speller consisted of Scripture passages, lessons about economics and morality as well as geography. McGuffey’s Eclectic readers taught geography, patriotism, Biblical morals, science, as well as poetry. 

Schools then and now

Schools then and now have changed drastically. In the 1800s, the schools often times started in October and ended around May, due to the fact that that the students were needed at home for farming. Now, most public schools start around the end of August, and end mid June. Public schools are now primarily run by the government, as well as many of them do not present teachings from the Bible or encourage the Christian morals. Most public schools instead teach things that lead students away from God, such as the theory of Evolution. Nonetheless, schools have come a long way with big differences in the technology and the teaching system. 


December 13, 2013 at 2:11 pm 1 comment

The Monroe Doctrine

Statements of the Monroe Doctrine                                                                                             On December 2, 2813, President James Monroe submitted his seventh annual message to Congress. This message was an important document known as the Monroe Doctrine. Within this document, it warned the European countries about their interference with American affairs. The document established four main points. First, the European countries were no longer permitted to colonize the United States. Second, Europe and the United States had different policies and systems. Third, any interference in the Western hemisphere would be seen as a threat. Lastly, the United States would, in return, would not get involved in European affairs or interfere with existing colonies in the West.

Significance                                                                                                                                The Monroe Doctrine was used in many later situations that President Monroe himself never thought of. Although European countries did in fact avoid the United States, it was in fact out of fear from the British force, not the U.S. The Monroe Doctrine actually wasn’t immediately recognized as an official doctrine in the American policies. In 1840, nearly a decade later, the doctrine was used by President Polk. When the French declared Archduke Maximilian as the head of Mexico, the United States referred to the Monroe Doctrine, stating that the French were violating their document. As a result, the Doctrine was honored and used by many following Presidents.


November 15, 2013 at 1:31 pm Leave a comment

The Burning of Washington

Early Battles

The year of 1812 spawned yet another war between America and Great Britain. This conflict was started by the motivations to preserve America’s trade rights, as well as the fact that England was forcing American seamen into their navy. In the earlier years of the War of 1812, the Americans fought for Northern Territory against the British ships throughout the Great Lakes. The American warships had won numerous battles at sea, however, they suffered the burning of Washington D.C. in 1814.

British Soldiers on their way to D.C.

On August 14, 1814, British ships sailed for America’s third largest city, Baltimore. Lead by General Ross, they also sought to attack Washington D.C. The British wanted revenge for the U.S. Soldiers attacking and destroying the Upper Capital of Canada. When they got to the Chesapeake Bay, their surprise attack on the American proved successful thus forcing the federal soldiers into retreat. The British moved forward and made their way to Washington D.C. arriving on August 24.

Residents of Washington

Many of the Federalists in Washington were ready for the British coming (no thanks to Paul Revere) and had gathered important documents and fled the city. James Madison’s wife, Dolley Madison, saved a portrait of George Washington by removing it from its frame. By the time the British arrived at Washington, the city was deserted.

The Burning

The British first started off the attack by burning the navy grounds. When they arrived at the unfinished U.S. Capital, (no joke) some of the officers had doubts of burning the place because of its impressive architecture. As the troops got to the President’s Mansion, (Not yet known as The White House) they picked up various souvenirs, including James Madison’s hat, and helped themselves to an unfinished dinner. They then went onto the front lawn and threw torches through the house’s windows and began burning the mansion.

Impact on the American People

The Britain’s plan to defeat the Americans by burning their capital had in fact back fired. Many more Americans became inspired to fight for their land and thus joined the military. This also influenced the decision to rebuild the capitol in the northern part of the U.S. where it would have better defense.

Washington Rebuilt

Once the War had ended in 1815, the original White House architect, James Hoban, supervised the reconstruction so it would be an exact replica of what it was prior to the burning. The reconstruction of the White House took three years to complete, thus James and Dolley Madison never returned to the mansion before his term ended. Many parts of the decoration were re-used, even though they still had burn marks on them from the fire.

In my opinion, considering all that had happened, I think that the burning of Washington actually was beneficial. As I mentioned earlier, it influenced many Americans to join the military, as well as the event caused the writing of the national anthem. Francis Scott Key went back to Baltimore to rescue his friend, and he could see the battle at Fort McHenry. When the British were making their way to Washington, Key could see through the flames and bombs that the our flag still stood, thus he wrote the poem “The Star-Spangled Banner” which eventually became the national anthem. The Burning of Washington is another event that presents how God can use tragedies for our benefit.






And the book

November 6, 2013 at 1:56 pm 2 comments

History of Ivy League schools.

In 1636, education started growing within America with the founding of the Harvard College by English Puritans. Seven more schools were founded, including Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania and the Yale University. The Harvard College was established by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and was named after its first donator, John Harvard.

Two very notable universities of the Ivy League are the Princeton University and the Brown University. 

The Princeton University is known today as one of the richest colleges in the world. It was first established in 1746 as the College of New Jersey, making it the fourth-oldest college in America. The colleges moved to Princeton in 1756 and took place in the Nassau Hall where it was kept for almost half a century. The college expanded, and achieved University status in 1896, as well as officially changing its name to Princeton University. The approximate number of students enrolled at Princeton is around 4,760, and 850 full time teachers. Many of the teachers have Nobel Prizes for physics, economics and medicine. 

The Brown University was the college of the Ivy League Schools, and founded in 1764. It was the first college to accept students regardless of their religion. Its first settlement was at Warren, Rhode Island. Like Princeton, the college was later moved and its name was also changed. The Brown University was simply known as the College of Rhode Island. It was moved in 1770 overlooking Providence, and was renamed Brown in 1804 after receiving $5,000 from Nicholas Brown. Two undergraduates, Ira Magaziner and Elliot E. Maxwell, part of the Group Independent study Project, reported the education at Brown. As a result, in 1970, the college started using what is known as the Brown Curriculum. In 2002, the Plan for Academic Enrichment encouraged the Brown college and influenced better education and public leadership. As a result, Schools for engineering and the School of Public Health were established. 


September 26, 2013 at 2:59 pm 2 comments


In 1606 persecution was becoming more and more severe in England. Pastor John Robinson lead people to a place in Dutch where they could have religious freedom. However they were concerned for their children as they speculated they would not get the proper education as well as they did not want their children to get accustomed to the Dutch society. They left Dutch and went to the New World in hopes of starting fresh, as well as they sensed it was God’s calling for them. These people who traveled to the New World were known as Pilgrims.

In Holland, some of the Pilgrims stayed behind so they could raise money while other Pilgrims sent out on a ship known as the Speedwell. They made their way to England and met up with other recruits on the Mayflower. From there, the Speedwell started towards the New World. However, the ship had leaks and the Pilgrims had to go back to England. Because of the problems with the Speedwell, the Pilgrims had to cram into the Mayflower. Excess Pilgrims had to stay behind and wait until they could eventually find a way to go to the New World. For about 66 days at sea, the Mayflower finally reached land. However, due to a storm that threw them off course, they landed in territory outside of the London Company where they had permission to make a settlement. Winter was coming and the Pilgrims stayed at New Plymouth for shelter. The winter proved to be a challenge for the Pilgrims, food was scarce and all but 7 of them were sick. Nearly half the Pilgrims died by the time Spring came, but with the help with some Indians they were able to learn how to hunt, and plant crops in what they called New England. The Council for New England let them make a settlement there, and they celebrated a three-day feast known as the first Thanksgiving.

Despite the hardships and suffering it was worth it. It gave the Pilgrims freedom, and God’s sovereignty is demonstrated multiple times. (And they were rewarded with a three-day-feast. How awesome is THAT!?). The journey also had an impact on America, one example is that Plymouth’s second governor, Bradford, wrote a book, “The History of the Plymouth Plantation” and was the first American history book. The leadership in Plymouth came became a starting point for religious and political freedom in America today.

September 17, 2013 at 2:55 pm 1 comment

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