Rose Long elected to fill out Huey’s Senate term

On April 21, 1936, Rose McConnell Long was elected to the U.S. Senate to fill out the term vacated at the death of her husband, Huey Pierce Long. She was the first woman from Louisiana to be elected to the U.S. Senate or to Congress. Rose and Huey met when Huey selected Rose’s entry as the winner in a cake-baking contest. According to Kay Long, Rose and Huey Long’s granddaughter, Huey confided to family members soon after meeting Rose that he intended to marry her. Rose, for her part, was completely taken with Huey. The couple married in 1913. … 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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