Tag Archives: u.s. history

American English Vs. British English

Here’s a fun video explaining how American English and British English parted ways:

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Presidents’ Day

Today is Presidents’ Day. Here are some links to help you learn more about this holiday – just click on any of them:

  1. Presidents’ Day Quiz
  2. Another Presidents’ Day Quiz
  3. Yet Another Presidents’ Day Quiz
  4. Happy Birthday, Mr. President
  5. Easy Presidents’ Day Reading & Activities

 

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HERSTORY

There’s a new exhibit at the Chatham Square Branch of the New York Public Library that you might want to check out.

From NYPL.org:

The Chatham Square Branch of the New York Public Library is pleased to present a rare look at Chinese-American women’s history, told through legal cases fought in supreme courts throughout the United States. Using the personal collection of Dr. Chang C. Chen (邱彰博士), Herstory features rare photographs and case descriptions of efforts by Chinese-American women to gain legal standing in the U.S.

Starting in 1852, the cases document women who fought for equal treatment in the eyes of the law and for citizenship and immigration rights. One 1874 case from San Francisco describes a group of recent immigrants who were defined as “lewd and immoral” due to their style of dress, and were set to be deported. The women fought back and the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in their favor, stating that the California laws were in conflict with federal immigration laws and the women were released. In Tape v. Hurley, 66 Cal. 473 (1885), a landmark case in the California Supreme Court in which the Court found the exclusion of a Chinese American student from public school based on her ancestry unlawful. The Court ruled that Chinese-American children had a right to public education and to attend public schools.

The exhibit is a fascinating look at the ordinary people who fought for their rights, and, in doing so, helped shape a new world for Chinese-Americans in the United States. The exhibition is provided to the library by Dr. Chang C Chen (邱彰博士), who has worked tirelessly to document the written legal history of Chinese-Americans.

For Chatham Square hours and location, click here.

Chatham Square Library on Google Maps:

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All About Labor Day

Today is Labor Day in the U.S. and Canada. Here’s a good video about the history of Labor Day from TED Ed. When you’re finished, take the quiz to test your comprehension:

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Study for the Test!

If you’re interested in taking the U.S. Naturalization Test – or if you’re interested in U.S. history and government – check out this handy website fromU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). It has everything you need to pass the test: flashcards, practice tests, example questions, vocabulary lists, study guides, and more! Just click here or on the image below to visit the site:

USCIS

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Talk Like a Pilgrim

(Almost) just in time for Thanksgiving, here’s a website that demonstrates how pilgrims talked. Click here or on the picture below to go to the site.

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