When I was younger we didn’t have a day to celebrate all U.S. Presidents. Instead we split the day in two and recognized Abraham Lincoln and George Washington since their birthdays were both in February…..so, I’m linking to two past articles. The first involves Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation. This article originally appeared at History Is Elementary as well as American Presidents Blog in 2008. You can view it here.
This post appeared at History Is Elementary in 2007 and detailed a famous image we have of George Washington at Valley Forge. I discuss how I used the image in the classroom and how controversy should not be avoided…but embraced to help students discover for themselves those areas that are white or black…but most of the time controversial areas are really just…. gray.