Immigrant Pictures of New York

A journalist named Jacob Riis was appalled when he saw the living conditions of immigrants in New York in the late 1800’s.  He believed that something had to be done so he started to take pictures of the living situations of immigrants.  Riis became a Social Reformer and took many pictures of immigrants in hopes that people would see the pictures and want to change things for the better.

Fast forward to today.  Fred R. Conrad, a photographer, was interested in the photos that Riis took and wanted to recreate them.  By using a 1950 plate camera to replicate the photos taken in the 1800s, Conrad hired actors to portray the immigrants in similar situations.

Want to see the pictures he took?  Click here to see the slideshow!


10,000 Confederates Move to Brazil After the War

Found a very interesting article about Confederate soldiers who were so upset that they lost the Civil War and therefore could not longer buy and sell slaves that they left the United States and headed to Brazil.  There, even today, is a small enclave of English speaking, white, farmers that grow sugar, cotton, watermelon, and other crops brought from the South.  Check out the article here!


On February 24, 1868, Andrew Johnson became the first president to be impeached. He would not be the last.

Impeachment is a formal process brought about by both houses in Congress that accuses the president of breaking the law.  If found guilty by both houses in Congress the president may be removed from office , sued, and/or sent to jail.  

Only two presidents have been impeached.  Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Both presidents were impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives, but acquitted by the Senate.  Andrew Johnson was impeached for firing the Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton, which was a violation of the Tenure of Office Act.  Bill Clinton was impeached for lying about having a relationship with an intern.  Both presidents were able to complete the term in office.

Richard Nixon quit before he could be impeached.

What Was it Like to Be in the Civil War?

Screen shot 2015-05-16 at 7.29.10 PMEver wonder what it was like to be in the Civil War?  After spending a few days scouring the web for clues, students created an awesome Flipboard magazine on the subject.  Click on the magazine to the left and read about the soldier’s constant companion, lice.  Find out about the not-so-delicious hardtack.  Take the quiz to see which Civil War General you most are like.  End your experience with a few videos detailing strategy. Find all of this and more, just click the link below to start your adventure.