Edwin J. Perkins, a leading figure in American economic history and one of the main three authors that depict the economic situations of the colonial era, is an emeritus professor at the University of Southern California. He currently resides in Laguana Woods in California, where he pursues his own research despite being “retired”, and spends…
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Joseph Kaminski| Mar 2, 2017
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Joseph Kaminski| Feb 28, 2017
To be a successful substitute teacher, one must be able to understand how to balance information alongside reason. One main problem is that in the state of Florida, a part-time substitute teacher only needs an Associate’s Degree. The state tends to keep substitute teachers on a completely different standard of education than the so-called standard ones.…
Joseph Kaminski| Feb 27, 2017
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Joseph Kaminski| Feb 26, 2017
If you're in the public education system, then you've heard about (or have been forced to use) Kagan activities like Bloom’s Taxonomy Questions and the Fan-n-Pick Strategy – two methods to incite engagement through knowledge-based questions that we'll be talking about today. I personally have a bias against Kaganist (clever pun, please love it) activities, but…
Joseph Kaminski| Feb 1, 2017
Conservatism is at it again with attempts to destroy the public education system. At this point, it is almost certain that Betsy DeVos - the multi-billionaire who has already begun the push for the privatization of education - will become America's 11th Education Secretary. If you've been living under a rock (or perhaps inside a nuclear…
Joseph Kaminski| Jan 29, 2017
Student loans are becoming a major issue for the economy, and Donald Trump has inherited a country with an expansive and rapidly expanding student loan problem. In a capitalistic society, debt becomes a mountain of monetary problems. The public sector has fallen into an abysmal state - one that has been forced into chains by private…
Joseph Kaminski| Mar 3, 2017
We oftentimes hear of historians archiving old documents onto a digital server, bloggers recording their thoughts on white screens, and news articles being published via social media. We use digital ‘encyclopedias’ like Wikipedia rather than opening actual books. Credible newspaper after newspaper have ditched the old fashioned art of publishing to save costs and increase viewers. In
Joseph Kaminski| Mar 2, 2017
Alfred Leslie Rowse, oftentimes shortened to A. L. Rowse, is best known for his work on England under Queen Elizabeth I’s reign as monarch. He was born on December 4th, 1903, in Cornwall. Mr. Rowse is the perfect example of a man of greatness born against all odds, as both his mother and father lived
Joseph Kaminski| Feb 23, 2017
In the last installment of Professionalizing History, we talked about the new age question of whether or not it’s important to apologize for mistakes we’ve made in the past. I highly recommend reading this series in order by publish date in order to fully understand what it means to professionalize history. This time around, I’d like to
Joseph Kaminski| Feb 1, 2017
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Joseph Kaminski| Aug 16, 2016
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Joseph Kaminski| Jul 28, 2016
In a tense social situation where colonialists were staring at government problems from across an ocean, one could only predict when the final match would burn down the thirteen colonies’ relationship with the motherland. Mercantilism was beginning to actually backfire, to the dismay of the British crown, but it is sad to realize that the people in power refused to actually change their ideals and laws towards the people that were obviously receiving the short end of the stick.
Joseph Kaminski| Jul 27, 2016
So, what made Catherine II so Great? Why, in history, do we recall the Russian empress as “Catherine the Great”? Well, in short, she was a brilliant political success story. More than just a personal success story, mind you. Catherine’s success went further than personal ambitions and benefits. Catherine became the Great for the era she bestowed upon her people. That’s right. We’re nearing the end of this biography. Today we talk about Catherine the Great’s reign — what she did during her time in power, and what the history books will record of her until the end of time.
Joseph Kaminski| Jul 26, 2016
Catherine II may have taken the throne, but there were plenty of usurpers lurking throughout her empire. The new empress would crush several rebellions and prevent countless coups, many pathetic, to keep herself within the palace. One could easily call the early days of Catherine’s reign as relatively unstable. Perhaps the only two reasons the people of Russia didn’t immediately call for Catherine to give up the throne were the unpopular opinions of Peter III and the fact that Catherine had issued 40,000 soldiers to patrol the streets.
Joseph Kaminski| Jul 20, 2016
Only a year in her journey as autocrat of Russia, Catherine heard stories of Poniatowski in Poland. Upon the death of Poland’s King Augustus III in late 1763, the idea of electing a new king became prominent in European politics. Catherine threw her support behind her former lover, spending over 2,500,000 rubles to support his election. Because of the massive support, Poniatowski was elected King of Poland with 5,584 votes.
Joseph Kaminski| Jul 6, 2016
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