Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Website Spotlight: Divining America (National Humanities Center)


Website URL: http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/tserve/divam.htm

Introductory Note:

Welcome to one in a series of posts which spotlight quality websites that I use with my U.S. History survey course students at Azusa Pacific University to enrich the regular material in our learning modules.

In this post, I limit myself to those specific aspects of the website which I find fit particularly well within our face-to-face class sessions (each student is required to bring a laptop to class) or as the basis for the students' regularly-assigned written reactions.

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Of the various excellent offerings, I particularly like to use the following ones with my students:

17th and 18th Centuries:

Deism and the Founding of the United States
Puritanism and Predestination
The Legacy of Puritanism
Witchcraft in Salem Village
The First Great Awakening
Religious Pluralism in the Middle Colonies
Religion, Women, and the Family
Religion and the American Revolution

19th Century:

Evangelicalism/Second Great Awakening
Evangelicalism as a Social Movement
American Abolitionism and Religion
Religion in the Civil War: The Southern Perspective
Religion in the Civil War: The Northern Perspective
The Religious Origins of Manifest Destiny
Roman Catholics and Immigration

20th Century:

The Rise of Fundamentalism
The Scopes Trial
The Social Gospel and the Progressive Era
Religious Diversity in America
The Christian Right

~~For reviews of this website:

History Matters (The U.S. Survey Course on the Web)
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/2091/
TeachingHistory.org (National History Education Clearinghouse)
http://teachinghistory.org/history-content/website-reviews/23363

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Concluding Note:

I hope you will use this blog post in conjunction with both the modules on my Learning Professor wiki and the numerous other posts in my Website Spotlight series.

1. The website spotlighted in this post fits within various U.S. History survey course modules on the wiki:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Colonial+Era 
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Reform
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Civil+War
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Immigration

2. The other blog posts in my Website Spotlight series--chronologically displayed by U.S. History survey course module-- can be found on this wiki page:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/WEBSITE+SPOTLIGHT 

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