Martial law lifted in New Orleans

On March 13, 1815, official news of the end of the War of 1812 reached Andrew Jackson in New Orleans, and he ended martial law in the city. When the battles in and around New Orleans were fought, from Dec. 14, 1814 - Jan. 18, 1815, the United States was only 30 years old, and Louisiana had been a part of the country for just over 10 years. The people living in Louisiana had formerly been governed by France or Spain. Consequently, Governor William C.C. Claiborne questioned the loyalty of many Louisianians. But Louisiana’s citizens were mostly 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?

The Baton Rouge … Continue reading →

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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