Where Are the World’s Slaves?

WORLD More than 45 million people are living in modern slavery, with Asia accounting for two-thirds of the victims, a new report says. (Quartz) Use our timeline to learn more about the ugly history of legal slavery in the United States. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas According to the … Continue reading Where Are the World’s Slaves?

‘Workers’ or ‘Slaves’? Geography Textbook Updated After Online Complaint

EDUCATION Following online criticism, publisher McGraw-Hill admitted that it glossed over the history of the slave trade in its 9th-grade geography textbook. (Washington Post) Join our Network of Alliances for Geographic Education for discourse on understanding the best practices for teaching human and historical geography. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Here is the original complaint lodged … Continue reading ‘Workers’ or ‘Slaves’? Geography Textbook Updated After Online Complaint

Africa’s Dazzling Diversity

GEOGRAPHY Africa is not a country. It’s an entire continent filled with amazing, unparalleled diversity of languages, peoples and nations. New maps illustrate just how diverse Africa really is. Beware: You can spend hours here. (Mic) Learn more about Africa’s dazzling cultural diversity. Discussion Ideas Take a look at the map above, or click here to see the full-size, zoomable version. Why do you think Africa’s … Continue reading Africa’s Dazzling Diversity

Slaves Shaped American Cooking

FOOD Scholars are “studying the silences” to trace the rich history of slave and African American contributions to American cuisine. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to better understand how immigration shapes national cuisine. Discussion Ideas Researchers in the Nat Geo News article are forced to “study the silences” in order to “piece together a more complete view of history in the absence of primary … Continue reading Slaves Shaped American Cooking

A Happy Birthday to Two Very Special Bearded Men

Today, two men who helped shape the world celebrate their birthdays–posthumously. On February 12, 1809, both Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln arrived into the world, and both went on to change history.

Abraham_Lincoln_standing_portrait_1863.jpgAbraham Lincoln would become the President of the United States of America in 1861, four years before his assassination at the hands of Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth. He presided over the Civil War that split the fledgling nation between North and South, issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, outlawing the social/cultural/economic/legal –geographic– institution of slavery with the passage of the 13th Amendment, delivering the Gettysburg Address, and ultimately preserving the Union. He was also the first president to sport a beard, and what a beard it was.

Perhaps no other figure in U.S. history has been celebrated or elevated to a higher status than Lincoln, but much about his true intentions and personal life has remained shrouded behind a veil of adoration. This month, PBS airs a new documentary hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. of Harvard University, titled “Looking for Lincoln.” In it, Gates explores the true intentions and motivations behind Lincoln and his presidency.

Also, check out these cool interactive maps on the PBS website that showcase locations of Lincoln statues, historical sites and cities/counties named after the former President.

Charles_Darwin_by_Julia_Margaret_Cameron.jpgCharles Darwin is one of the most well known and celebrated scientists in history. It was whilst sailing around the world aboard the H.M.S. Beagle that Darwin first began to formulate his theory of natural selection, which stipulates that “only the strong survive”… and then mate to pass their “strong” genes on to their offspring. In this manner, natural selection allows species to adapt to the changing conditions of local environments.

Geographically, the implications of natural selection are enormous–as the theory essentially states that your environment (i.e. where you are) plays a huge role in how your species adapts and evolves. Roughly twenty years later, Darwin released his compiled thoughts and theories in the book titled On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. The book was received well by most, but not religious leaders. Despite the criticism, natural selection became the foundation for the theory of evolution, which revolutionized the world.

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