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American History (4): The American Difference Begins to Emerge

American History (4): The American Difference Begins to Emerge

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This is part of a series of "conversation starters," organized in 2007-'08, for my American history students at Grand Valley State University.REVIEW OF BIG IDEASVikings had crossed the Atlantic prior to 1492. So Columbus was not the first, but he was the most important explorer. His ...
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American History (3): England’s North American Ventures, 1585-1733

American History (3): England’s North American Ventures, 1585-1733

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This is part of a series of "conversation starters," organized in 2007-'08, for my American history students at Grand Valley State University.Big Questions1. Name two reasons men and women uprooted themselves from their English homes, crossed the treacherous Atlantic, and planted co ...
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American History (2): New Encounters, 1492-1750

American History (2): New Encounters, 1492-1750

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This is part of a series of "conversation starters," organized in 2007-'08, for my American history students at Grand Valley State University.The big questions you should be conversant with:1. When does American history begin?2. Why is 1492 an epochal year in world history?3. Why di ...
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American History (1): What’s It All About?

American History (1): What’s It All About?

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This is a part of a series of "conversation starters," organized in 2007-'08, for my American history students at Grand Valley State University.American Civilization:The People, the Triumphs, the TragediesHere you are in class, and you think you hat ...
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J. Randall Bergers Presidential Studies Collection

J. Randall Bergers Presidential Studies Collection

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World-Class Presidential Book CollectionThe Hauenstein Center's J. Randall Bergers Presidential Studies Collection is a world-class resource -- a one-stop shop for books written by American presidents.  Held at Grand Valley's Seidman House, the Bergers Collection consists of more than 750 original ...
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World History (4): Axial Age

World History (4): Axial Age

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The following "conversation starters" were developed for my world history students at Aquinas College and Grand Valley State University, beginning in 2008.The Axial Age1. Let's first step back and look at the big picture. What changes people the most -- relationships, things, or ideas? Is the human ...
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