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Justin Q. Olmstead

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  1. While I am not trying to take away the role of the Soviet Army in defeating Hitler, or the role of the British or American soldiers in doing the same, I don't think that we can discount Hitler's meddeling in the Wehrmacht's business. believe that most military historians agree that Hitler caused every soldier from his Generals on down the line headaches because of his insane orders, to hold a certain line or to attack when regrouping was what was needed. In fact his tactics tend to parallel the French and British tactis of the First World War. Additionally, one can argue that the Nazi deci
  2. Very well done! The fact that it is interactive is wonderful. This is the type of thing that "hooks" students and invites them to look at history in a new way. By actively engaging students in this excercise they will be able to understand the small details that are often over looked in grade 10-11 classes here in America. I also like the worksheets, in particular the International relations chart. I will be beginning WWI this week and look forward to seeing who well this web site works. Again, Good Job!
  3. If there is a moral imerative, as George Monbiot has suggested (and for the record, I believe there is), then individuals bear as much of a responsiblity to change global worming as much as governments. Individual's must learn to recycle, or not wast. The important piece of this, is that many people do not view this as really making a difference. Along this same line, it is important for business and governments to make it not neccessarily easy but at least a bit more convienent for people to do their part. Tax breaks for companies that are engaged in actually cutting waste or recycling wi
  4. Wonderful work Andy! I am just about to begin lessons on World War II and look forward to trying your lessons out. I do have two questions though. First, on the plenary, is there a way for them to print it out in order to either turn it in or keep it? Secondly, what program (s) did you use to create the plenary? My school uses moodle and I have yet to be able to create something like this. The same goes for the interactive diagram. I love both exercises and commend you for your work. I would also like to applaud your commitment to sharing your work. For the most part I have found te
  5. It is interesting indeed. Here in the states, at least in the Mid-West, Churchill is portrayed as one of the great men in history, and he is. The problem arrises from the fact that we are not allowed to see his "bad side." I would say that John's initial position that these documents could change the way we see Churchill, will be dulled by the fact that many will claim that anyone who writes about this aspect of Churchill is a revisionist. Much in the same way Howard Zinn is seen in this country. People won't, or don't want to find fault in someone they have been taught is infallable.
  6. Indeed, from the little information I have, the course work at Crichton campus within the University of Glasgow (yes, Terry you were correct) would be 100% research, while the U.S. coursework is approximately 50/50 course to research. Is one better than the other? My understanding is that in the U.S. the programs are designed to be broad early and narrow your focus as you progress, while in Europe you begin with your primary focus and then broaden your view after you have compleated your PhD. I have asked this question of a former professor of mine here in Kansas and her response was t
  7. This may or may not be the place for this but I wanted to get more opinions before I proceed. I will be finishing my MA in American History this coming May and I intend on pursuing my PhD hopefully the following Fall. I have been in contact with a couple of local Universities (Kansas State University and Oklahoma State University) but I have also been afforded the opportunity to study at Crichton University in Scotland. My masters advisor and another of my professors say that it would be a mistake to get my PhD from a European University, for a variety of reasons. Another professor, who r
  8. It occured to me the other day that maybe our leaders have learned the wrong lessons from the Munich pact. Since the end of the Second World War, American Presidents have sent young Americans into battle under the guise of not appeasing a tyrant, the latest example being President Bush's claim that we needed to invade Iraq and stop appeasing Hussein. But was the lesson of Munich really that appeasement leads to a massive war? Could it be that leaders for the last fifty years have led their countries into battle from a bad position? In reality the question should be what did appeasement ac
  9. A fellow teacher of mine will be teaching higher level U.S. history covering the Civil War by the first week in December. If this will work, feel free to e-mail him at brad_wall@usd465.com. He is the advanced placement teacher for our history department.
  10. Two other books that are pretty informative on the subject of Historiography are Ernst Breisach's "Historiography: Ancient, Medieval and Modern." and Georg Iggers' "Historiography in the Twentieth Century: From Scientific Objectivity to the Postmodern Chanllenge." While I found Breisach easier to read they are both informative.
  11. The unfortunate truth of the matter is that many of my fellow countrymen have such a lack of knowledge in their own history that they don't know the truth. Most U.S. history classes (until more recently) only made it to World War II. Many students didn't learn about Watergate, Korea or Vietnam due to the way U.S. schools view the importance of history. As far as "the U.S. saving Europe and the World" I think that most Americans feel that WWII was not the first time it had happened. Most believe that it happened in WWI as well. Again, while I personally, don't agree with this view, I t
  12. It is my understanding that while LBJ was truly in love with the Great Society he was never willing to give it the full funding it needed. Not so much because of the war in Vietnam but because of politics. LBJ was such a politician he knew, or at least thought he knew, that his programs would have to start out on smaller budgets. Sargent Shriver, who was pulled off of the Peace Corps and placed in charge of some of the Great Society programs commented many times that LBJ would ask him to do great things on shoe-string budgets. I have also read where the LBJ had said that to get re-electe
  13. My name is Justin Quinn Olmstead and I hold degrees in both political science and history. I am currently working to complete my Masters degree in U.S. history. I teach at Winfield High School covering both U.S. Govenment and U.S. History, and I try to spend a week covering Nixon and Watergate.
  14. My name is Justin Quinn Olmstead and I hold BA's in both Political Science and History and am currently working on my MA in U.S. History. I teach U.S. Government and U.S. History at the high school level, which includes a week long look at Nixon and the Watergate scandal.
  15. Tomorrow, April 5, 2005, the state of Kansas will join the mounting group of states in voting to ban gay marriage or simply redefine marriage as a union between a man and a woman. I find this tampering with any form of constitution quite troubling for several reasons: the first being that any amendment that takes away individual rights abrogates the founding fathers intentions. Secondly, I have problems with the arguments used by those who are attempting to tamper with the state constitutions, "Protect Marriage, vote yes," to amend the constitution. The questions that comes to mind for m
  16. While I have heard often about Hoover's escapades as a crossdresser, I have never heard of McCarthy being gay. He was a drunkard, but this is a first. My understanding is that McCarthy's chief counsil, Roy M. Cohn was homosexual to the extent that he had paid male lovers who lived with him in his appartment, their sole purpose to give him sexual pleasure. This being said, it was Cohn who was involved with David Schine, and by many accounts madly inlove with him. It was Cohn who convinced McCarthy that Schine (who was a minor member of McCarthy's staff) was integral to his staff. McCarthy
  17. Tim mentioned earlier that Mr. Shiavo hasn't done enough for Terry, but it is my understanding that in the first seven years after her accident, Mr. Shiavo did everything possible, including training as a nurse so he could care for her. From all that I have read or heard, the attacks on Shiavo have been unsubstansiated. All in all, the question at hand should be why did the US congress and president decide that they needed to go against everything America's founding fathers worked for and create one law for one case? Some great commentary can be found on MSNBC.com in Johnathan Alter's ar
  18. I would be willing to bet that the lack of good information by those of us who are "monitoring" this circus, and the misinformation being spewed at us by Shiavo's parents and the christian right combine to make any argument hard to maintain. Who is to truely question Mr. Shiavo. Who else would know if Teri wanted to live or die. I suspect that there is a myriad of things that I have told my wife and not my parents, and I would be willing to bet the same is true in Mr. and Mrs. Shiavo's case. Accordingly, if it were my daughter I'm not sure what I'd want to do, assuming that her husband h
  19. It is interesting and important to note that Kennan, disagreed with the US view expanding his containment policy into third world countries. Imagine if US presidents had listened to him. It is possible that Korea, Vietnam and other foreign policy debacles that caused so much division in America alone. Would the US have had the policy that led to the overthrow of the Iranian govenment and the placement of the Shah? What would this have done to the Iranian revolution if the US had not moved away from true Kennan's containment policy.
  20. Going back to the presentation itself, I would recommend that teachers also look into using moodle or blackboard as ways of using technology. Both are on-line teaching devices that allow discussion, testing, quizes and links to create a "virtual classroom." Moodle is free and is used in many schools (including mine) to expand student options in both classes and time. Blackboard is fairly expensive and used by most colleges. Both are easy to use and constantly expanding in the scope that they will cover.
  21. Teaching the same class several times during a school year allows for different points of view and for new questions. As my new class was reading through the Nazi anti-Jewish legislation several new questions were brought up. First a student noticed that in July of 1938 all of the streets in Germany that were of Jewish origin were replaced. She asked if the original names had been restored at the wars end and if not why? Secondly, several students were perplexed by the fact that in May of 1942 the Nazis outlawed Jewish ownership of pets. What purpose does this fullfill. Finally, the q
  22. I have three new questions from students relating to anti-jewish legislation: 1. In July 1938 legislation required all streets in Germany that are of Jewish origin be replaced. Question: At the wars end did those streets have their names changed back to the Jewish names? 2. What was the point of the May 1942 edict stateing that Jews cannot have pets? 3. What is the purpose of all Jews adding the name "Sarah" or "Israel" to their names? Thanks for the help!
  23. Is this something that my class in America can become involved in, or is it geared more to European classes. Depending on what is covered, I can see World history and current event classes getting involved with this. Please give me more details and your thoughts. Thanks Justin Olmstead
  24. How about finding out who "deepthroat" really is? The one that helped Woodward and Bernstein crack watergate.
  25. How about Winston Churchill, Robert Oppenheimer, Cesear, Napoleon, Jesus, George Washington, Muhammed, and Woodrow Wilson. No real topic but just to roam the room listening to the various conversations and, of course, interjecting upon occasion. Think of the conversations.
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