Wednesday, November 10, 2010

November Rememberings

American women were able to vote in the recent federal election because the 19th Amendment gives them that right. The story of how the amendment was first proposed - and what suffragists had to endure, at the hands of government officials who opposed them - is a little-known story about a group of heroes who never gave up.

November is also the anniversary month for other events, such as "The Gunpowder Plot" (when Guy Fawkes plotted to blow-up the Houses of Parliament), Kristallnacht (when Jewish synagogues throughout Germany were destroyed), "Remembrance Day" (when people wear poppies in Canada), President Nixon's famous press conference (during which he declared "I'm not a crook"), President Kennedy's assassination (in Dallas) and Charles Darwin's world-changing publication ("Origin of Species"). It is also the 100th anniversary of Leo Tolstoy's death.

Videos, images and lesson plans for these topics, plus many other November commemorations - such as Native-American Heritage Month, the "Mayflower Compact" and the fall of the Berlin Wall - are provided together with primary sources.

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Carole Bos
Dean's Advisory Board
Grand Valley State University

Thank you for this information, Carole!

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