What Did You Do For New Year’s Eve?

Me?  I went to the Oregon vs. Colorado basketball game at Matt Court. Matt Court is the basketball court at the University of Oregon.  Even though my family has had season basketball tickets for over 40 years, and I have attended basketball games at the old basketball arena Mac Court, this was the first time I had been to Matt Court.  In case you were wondering…  Oregon won!

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Go Ducks!

What did you do on New Year’s Eve, comment below!

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How Do You Spend Christmas?

During the American Revolution, General George Washington crossed the Delaware with 2,400 troops in the middle of the night.  He wanted to surprise a force celebrating Christmas in Trenton, New Jersey.  At night, on an icy and freezing river, Washington and his troops crossed the river to the surprise of the unprepared soldiers.  General Washington captured 1,000 Hessian troops.  Washington, unfortunately, was unable to keep Trenton but news of the battle raised the hopes of American colonists.

 

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Happy Bill of Rights Day

As you all know, the Bill of Rights is the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.  It was written because many founding fathers did not want to approve the Constitution without a bill of rights.  The Bill of Rights was written by James Madison.

Even though we are no longer talking about the Bill of Rights in class, the Bill of Rights still echoes in our lessons today.  The Federalists and Anti-Federalists did not agree on a Bill of Rights.  Federalists argued that the Constitution did not need a bill of rights while the Anti-Federalists believed that a bill of rights was very necessary to protect our individual rights.

The Bill of Rights was ratified on December 15, 1791.

Very Cool Map on Immigration

I just found this really cool map on immigration.  The map is a visual of immigration from 1850-2010.  What makes the map so awesome is you can see where people were migrating to during any time.  What I really find interesting is how immigration is changing.  For example, not many Irish are migrating as they once were.  Click here for the map.

See the interactive graphic here University of Richmond/Digital Scholarship Lab

 

 

What Did You Eat for Thanksgiving?

Classic Thanksgiving dinners usually include turkey or ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy or sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows.  On the side, a person might find squash or green beans and cranberry sauce. Finally, there could be rolls and pumpkin pie. But does Thanksgiving have to include these foods?  Most of us share many different holiday traditions that calls for an eclectic menu.  What foods did you eat for Thanksgiving.

After the meal, what does your family do?  Prepare to shop, do the dishes, start decorating for Christmas, watch football?

Comment and share your holiday with us.