Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Social Studies Indep. Study - Tuesday Assignment


1. What is the title of this episode of Story Corps?

2.  Who is the story-teller?

3. What is the topic of this episode?

4. In 2-3 sentences, summarize this man's story?

5. He says that "blowing his head off" would have been the easy way out. Instead, he feels it is more important to pay tribute by doing what?

6. Share this story with one person. Who do you think would most appreciate listening to this story?

Monday, April 11, 2016

World War II - Project


How many American service men lost their lives at Pearl Harbor?

What was the Manhattan Project?

Why did American women enter the workforce in unprecedented numbers during World War II?

True or False? An estimated 350,000 women served in the military at home and abroad.

True or False? The G.I. Bill of Rights provided returning vets with financial assistance for education and low interest loans.

True or False? From gasoline to sugar, rationing eventually effected virtually every aspect of American life.

True or False? The United States used propaganda in film, advertisements, and other forms of media to promote its cause and attack the enemy. Much of the propaganda utilized stereotypical and racist imagery of the "enemy."

What happened at the Battle of Britain? Who was the British Prime Minister?

How many Jewish children were evacuated to Britain between 1939-1940?

How long was the Leningrad Siege? How many people died?

What was D-Day? When did it start?

True or False? D-Day was the largest amphibious assault in history?

True or False? The controversial agreements made at the Yalta Conference set the stage for the rise of communism in eastern Europe and the dawn of the Cold War.

What was The Rape of Nanking?

What is a kamikaze?

What happened at Iwo Jimo?

How many people died after the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

When were the bombs dropped?

What was the Marshall Plan?

World War II Part 1: Crash Course US History #35

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Campaign Finance Reform- Social Studies 400


Campaign Finance Reform – Exit Ticket     Name:

What is "quid pro quo"?
What is FECA?

What is a 527?
What is the Tillman Act?

What is "hard money"?

What is Citizens United?

What is the Taft-Hartley Act?
What is "soft money"?

What is a Super Pac?
What is a PAC?
What is McCain-Feingold?

Why does campaign finance reform matter?

Class Discussion:

What tend to be the issues "low-dollar" contributers are interested in?

Why are "high-dollar" contributers less interested in issues like student loan debt and credit card debt?


Money is Speech: A Musical History of Campaign Finance

How campaign finance works

The Story of Citizens United v. FEC (2011)

Oh, Super PACs! A Music Video

Political Campaigns: Crash Course Government and Politics #39

Mood Disorders- Depression Notes

Cognitive Symptoms- feelings of suffocation, drowning, numb to the world, guilt, worthlessness, forgetfulness, indecisiveness, memory loss, difficulty concentrating, suicidal thoughts

Behavioral Symptoms- sleeping changes, changes in appetite, slowed movement, persistent boredom, low energy, lack of motivation

Physical Symptoms- headaches, muscle aches and pains

Depressive Triad- tend to focus on most negative features of themselves, their environment, and their future

prevalence- 2-3% men, 5-9% women
Sometimes called "the common cold" of mental disorders

Discuss gender differences
Symptoms for men: alcohol/substance abuse, escapist behavior, inappropriate anger, violent/abusive, risky/reckless behavior

Relationship to suicide- 80% give warning signs

Suicide often does not occur when the person is in the depths of depression when energy and initiative is lacking. It often occurs with the person begins to rebound.


Cognitive Theories
The way people think and perceive the world has an important impact on the way they feel.

A depressed person is often overly sensitive to obstacles to goal-directed activity, interprets triavial impediments as substantial, reads disparagement into innocuous statements by others, devalues himself/herself

Social Learning Theory:

People learn adaptive and maladaptive ways of managing stress and responding to life's problems with family, education, work, etc.

A child child who grows up in a pessimistic environment where discouragement is common and encouragement is rare- vulnerability to depression is high

The interaction of social, psychological, and biological factors

People often live with depression for 10+ years before seeking treatment


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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Tulsa Race Riot - Notes

Tulsa Riot
May 31 and June 1, 1921

What happened?

-Oklahoma settled mostly by Southerners
-Early 20th century lynchings were common
-Jim Crow laws were in effect in Oklahoma, restrictions on voting rights written into their state Constitution which lasted until 1965
-Residential segregation was mandatory 
-Racial tension as WW I soldiers returned from war looking for work
-Returning black soldiers returned from war expecting full civil rights after serving
-Red Summer- race riots throughout the US- 1919
-KKK steadily growing, Oklahoma had a large number of members

Greenwood was a prosperous section of Tulsa where blacks resided- known as Black Wall Street

Few facts known other than there was an encounter on an elevator between 19 year old shoe shiner and 17 year old elevator operator. What transpired next is not known. Perhaps the two individuals knew each other. 

Bystanders heard a shriek and presumed the girl had been an assault despite the fact the girl denied one had occurred. 

There was a brief, low key investigation, the girl did not press charges.
By the next morning the boy was detained, questioned, and there was a report of an anonymous call threatening his life.

Rumors quickly circulated.
The boy was moved to another jail.
News spread, many who knew him- including white professionals didn't believe the rumors.

The next day, sensational headlines in local paper implicating the boy on a sexual assault and warned of a lynching- there are no copies of this issue in existence

A lynch mob surrounded the courthouse jail where the  boy was held. The mob ignored the sheriff's pleas for crowd to disperse.

Local black residents offered to help the police.
Sheriff encouraged black men to return home. 
White mob, having seen armed blacks went home to get more weapons, some went to armory to break in and steal weapons.

The mob at courthouse continued to grow, a shot fired, riot triggered.

Oklahoma National Guard intervened
-riots continued throughout the night- shooting, lynching, fires
-some stayed to protect themselves and property, many others fled the city
-there was an attack by air- dropped firebombs and shot at people indiscriminately

Sheriff declared martial law by noon following day

Aftermath - 191 businesses destroyed, a school, several churches, a hospital

The boy was safely taken out of Tulsa never to return again, all charges against him dropped

Future attempts to rebuild Greenwood section thwarted, city tried to re-zone the property making it too expensive to rebuild

Tulsa Race Riot Commission- 1996


10,000 blacks left homeless
35 city blocks destroyed
as many as 300 deaths