On Review Assignments, American History

Dearest American Historians,

I figured out the problem with the Review Assignment and fixed the document. So good news! This assignment is due by the beginning of the test. It is available in the Unit 2 Progressivism & Mass Culture folder of American History on THIS VERY WEBSITE!

“Those who do not remember history are doomed to repeat the eleventh grade.”
–James Loewen, Catholic University of America

Study well. Your future may depend on it.

On inspiration and Scholars Bowl

I was pretty excited to see this picture come across the Facebook feed for The Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

Those fine Thunders in the bottom left corner are members of the 2014-15 Scholars Bowl team, when the Fightin’ Roundabouts advanced out of Regionals to the State Tournament.

Alas, the big black circle obscures my beautiful face. :(

Go Thunder, Go Roundabouts!

On Labor Day and the Company Town

After talking about company towns in American History last week, I was excited to see this article on the Smithsonian Magazine website.



The original coal and textile towns in America are now largely ghostly, but places like Hershey and Corning, New York, which was invigorated by the Corning glass company, are still going strong. Plus, as the LA Times writes, businesses such as Google and Facebook today are providing housing, amenities and transportation for their workers—meaning that while we think of company towns in sepia tones, they’re also in digital blue.


Pullman lowered wages in 1894 in the wake of an economic depression, but refused to lower rents and other charges at the same time. Workers rose up, leading to a strike and boycott that eventually involved as many as 250,000 workers in 27 states, resulting in up to 30 deaths, millions of dollars lost and months of disrupted rail traffic. The government eventually broke the strike with a controversial injunction, which they enforced by sending in federal troops. Congress created Labor Day as a national holiday in the middle of the strike, in part as a gesture of appeasement. The strike also helped lead to the creation of the first African American labor union in 1925, called the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.

Read more on the Smithsonian website.

Happy Labor Day!