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Semester 2

(The US in the
20th Century)

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Semester 1:
The US through the 19th Century

Stage One: In Search of American Roots

09/13/00: My roots in Iran
Neda tells the story of how her family left Tehran, Iran, her birthplace, after the fundamentalist revolution of 1979. She describes her own return to Iran in April 2000, and explains how understanding her Iranian roots make her stronger.

09/16/00: Twisters, cyclones, and tornadoes, oh my! Chasing the wacky weather in Toto-land
Becky and Neda explore the world of severe storms and tornado chasing at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma

09/23/00: A ghost town turns into a whirling dervish dance festival

10/11/00: Lazy summer days? Not for these kids!
Discover what slave life was like at Mulberry Row in Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson. Think about Jefferson's contradictory lifestyle as a slaveholder, and particularly his relationship with Sally Hemings.


Stage Two: The Birth of the United States
(No Neda kids dispatches)


Stage Three: Expansion & Reaction

11/08/00: See which state was a country for 24 days...
Neda wonders what it would be like if California was its own nation, as it was for a month back in 1846 during the Sonoma Bear Flag Revolt


Stage Four: Civil War & Reconstruction

11/22/00: The houses that King Cotton built
Discover the plantations of the antebellum South-Frogmore, Laura, Nottoway, Oak Alley -- during the era when cotton was king.

11/29/00: Contra dance party!
Neda and Becky go contra dancing!

12/09/00: Mozart vs. Jay-Z and other reasons people go to war
Becky and Neda visit Montgomery, Alabama, the first capital of the Confederate States of America. They learn about the confederate president, Jefferson Davis and the reasons for secession.

12/16/00: Harriet Tubman goes to war
Learn about Harriet Tubman's amazing contributions to the Civil War as a nurse, spy and leader of troops! Find out about her stint in Beaufort, South Carolina and the raid she led on the Combahee River.


Stage Four: Transformation of the U.S.

1/03/01: This is America. We all have the right to vote`.or do we?
Neda looks at African-American voting rights in the South and measures of disfranchisement, such as poll taxes, literacy tests and the grandfather clause. The role of Booker T. Washington and the Atlanta Compromise is also explored, as well as the role of the NAACP and W.E.B. Du Bois.

1/03/01: Assassination, ballot box stuffing, and eating in the bathroom: it's American politicking!
Neda explores the surge of African-Americans, such as Charles Caldwell, in government positions during Reconstruction as well as how this power was taken away.