World's Fair opens in New Orleans

On May 12, 1984, the New Orleans World’s Fair, also called the Louisiana World Exposition, opened. The theme was “The World of Rivers - Fresh Water as a Source of Life.” Six different areas listed below were connected with bridges, walkways and a monorail. Fulton Street Mall: This area included a collection of shops, restaurants and music venues, which were created without significantly altering the existing historic warehouses. The only new structure in this mall was the Vatican Pavilion. This pristine white building contrasted with the patina of the older buildings. The Vatican Pavilion was one of … Continue reading →

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Who cares about the seemingly insignificant?

Posted on February 13, 2015 by Molly Manson

The Baton Rouge bus boycott offers several topics for discussion or writing. Here are just a few that come to mind. If you have others, please share them in the comment section below.

Horatio Thompson was a business owner who did what he could to help the boycott effort. He sold gas at cost to those who were using their personal vehicles to give people rides. He is not remembered in the textbooks, but he played a crucial role. Can you find an example of someone who did something that mattered, but who isn't remembered by many people?

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How well do people fit in?

Posted on February 13, 2015 by Molly Manson

The way the Europeans treated the Natchez was arrogant and brutal. But the Natchez society was based on a caste system that was equally arrogant and brutal.

Ultimately, the Natchez ceased to exist as a tribe because they would not give in to demands made by French officials, but instead killed all of the French settlers who occupied their lands. This resulted in their annihilation.

Here are some prompts for writing and research activities that relate to how different groups relate to one another.

Have your students find instances in the newspaper of a group of people who are – … Continue reading →


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