Thursday, August 1, 2013

A bit of Colonial History


We continue to study American Colonial history, and I am finding it pretty illuminating to try to consciously avoid the mythologized history of our nation's origins.  We are still using some resources such as the Felicity books and movie from the American Girl Dolls, but I've also appreciated these resources:

Building a New Land: African Americans in Colonial America by James Haskins

New World: Nightmare in Jamestown by National Geographic

Colonial House 

A Young People's History of the United States

A History of US by Joy Hakim

American history may be the most difficult subject to grapple with, actually.  Our history is not a happy perfect heroic story, as we have tried to depict it to be.  And the kids are upset when they learn about slavery, genocide, and oppression, so it involves a lot of discussion and processing.  And that's what we are doing in our homeschool.

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