The Overland Trails


American Panorama: The Overland Trails
During the 1840s tens of thousands of American migrants made long journeys through the American West seeking land in Oregon, gold in California, and religious liberty in Utah.


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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.

The 218th Anniversary of George Washington’s Death

On this day in 1799, George Washington, the first president of the United States dies from pneumonia.

At 10:00 p.m. on December 14, 1799, George Washington died at Mount Vernon, Virginia.   His last words were reported to be: “I feel myself going. I thank you for your attentions; but I pray you to take no more trouble about me. Let me go off quietly. I cannot last long.” Washington was only sixty-seven years old.

Washington had been so admired by his friends and enemies that even  Napoleon’s French armies and the British channel fleet paid respect to his memory after learning of his death.  America mourned for their father for two months.  Americans constantly expressed their sorrow in resolutions of Congress and of State legislatures, in mentions in town meetings, in the pages of newspapers and in hundreds of funeral processions and solemn eulogies in every corner of the nation.


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