In 2016 the State of Delaware recently apologized for the American slavery system in a northern state (Wednesday, 2-10-16). This was a legislative and state act.
We have many issues to cover in class, and we may miss some really good historical events, due to time constraints and state testing. The Amistad movie is a suggestion, and you should get it approved from your parents to watch. We will not be able to see in class the film Amistad, though I recommend this if you have never seen it. Any history student should see this to understand how really abhorrent slavery was and is still today.
The movie Amistad ultimately tells the story of illegal global slave trading and the US Supreme Court case that was part of the event. This is 1839 or so and, Van Buren was President. Please use the national archive link to find more interesting information on the case, and facts that swayed the court. We will be watching Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., later in Chapter 11 and 12. Since February 19th I hope we will be finish date for the ch.10 notebook.
Republicans in the 2016 Presidential race have really attacked each other. Jeb Bush had been calling Trump a "loser". Trump has insulted millions. And yet Trump still won the entire election. For the Democratic candidates, they want to tell voters they are the top civil rights advocate, but have many different historical paths. Now it seems that being in South Carolina they are in a heated battle for the African-American vote or any liberal vote. I also bring this up, because it seems that the Democrats are starting to make some problems for each other. The "kitchen sink" is being thrown at Candidate Sanders. http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/11/politics/john-lewis-bernie-sanders-civil-rights/
Some Democrats have said Bernie posted the picture below to win against Hilary Clinton. Some Democrats believed Bernie was trying to get the African-American vote. This photo below has never been attached to Bernie Sanders by his Bernie Campaign. John Lewis is saying that he never saw Bernie Sanders, which I wish looking at our current situation we would have seen more substance in the political talk. Mother Jones did try to piece what Bernie Sanders did during the 1960s. There are many journalists writing about his life and past since he is running for President. This happens to people running for the highest office in the land.
I have left you many images to try and assimilate the information or misinformation. To be equally fair to both Candidates in 2016, Hillary Clinton worked with the 1964 Goldwater campaign, in a time when they were much more moderate on some issues. [But remember conservatives and dixie-crats–southern democrats–felt that the worst US Supreme Court case in history was Brown v. Board of Education 1954]. Current cabinet nominees, like Ms. Devos are trying to dismantle the Brown positive consequences.
One note: Barry Goldwater who was a Republican, his wife Margaret Peggy Goldwater, was a co-founder of Planned Parenthood, this organization is now being attacked by Republicans today. https://www.washingtonpost.com
You will need to research these ideas to reach your own conclusions. Follow the social contract, keep searching and be curious. There is so much to know and assimilate there may not be answers to some questions, maybe. But if you can critically think for yourself then we might improve our democracy. As we have seen on the Wayback this week and last week, if informed voters, even immigrants, use news, it can be the lifeblood of our Democracy. Post questions if you would like to know more or discuss the topics. Remember what the news and knowledge means for our Democratic Representative Republic?