Timelines as Windows Into History
many people think of history as "one damn fact after another."
It's much more than that. History depends on a knowledge of the
facts of the past, but it also involves identifying patterns,
explaining causes, and answering questions.
objective of this eXploration module is to draw upon timelines--about
fashion, food, toys, science, sports, and other topics--to see
how these subjects intersect with the major themes in American
history. Sports, for example, can provide a window into shifting
attitudes toward race and gender; toys can allow us to trace changing
attitudes toward childhood and in parent-child relations; and
fashion can reveal a great deal about changing conceptions of
beauty and gender roles.
timelines for this eXploration in one Microsoft
Excel file with multiple workbooks
(right click on the click and save the file to your computer)
(links will open in a new window)