Number 10: 24th September, 2001
2. Bristol and Slavery
Spartacus Educational publishes Teaching History Online every month. The newsletter will include news, reviews of websites and articles on using ICT in the history classroom. Members of the mailing list are invited to submit information for inclusion in future editions of Teaching History Online. In this way we hope to create a community of people involved in using the Internet to teach history.
Vietnam Stories: The website is designed as a gathering place for personal stories and a forum for opinions on the war. The 'Add Your Story' page enables visitors to add their stories, images, etc. to the vast databank of information on the war. 'The Stories' page contains excerpts of selected stories and is changed regularly. An excellent search engine enables the visitor to investigate all the narratives that have been submitted to Vietnam Stories. For example, a search for the term 'friendly fire' found and listed fifty-two stories.
Bristol and Slavery: An excellent website created by Andy Nash of Headley Park Primary School. The website includes sections on, Why were slaves needed? The Transatlantic Trade, The Outward Passage, The Middle Passage, Slave Auctions, Plantation Life, The Return Passage, Why African Slaves? Bristol v Liverpool, Royal African Company, Merchant Venturers, Edward Colson, John Pinney, The End of Slavery and Bristol Today.
The Emancipation of Women: 1750-1920: A comprehensive encyclopedia of how British women got the vote. Each entry contains a narrative, illustrations and primary sources. The text within each entry is hypertexted to other relevant pages in the encyclopedia. In this way it is possible to research individual people and events in great detail. The sources are also hypertexted so the student is able to find out about the writer, artist, newspaper, organization, etc., that produced the material. So far there are sections on: Women in the 19th Century (Schooling, Marriage, Industrial Work, Careers & Professions, University Education, Birth Control), Pressure Groups, Strategy and Tactics and Parliamentary Reform Acts.
The Monarchs of England: This is one of the excellent websites produced by Rod Hampton and Seth Fox of Britannia. The site contains biographies and portraits of the sixty-nine kings and queens who have ruled England since 829. There is also a detailed account of Oliver Cromwell's period in power. The kings and queens are listed in the order of accession and this appears by the side of a two-page overview of the British monarchy. There are usually two or three pages of information on each of the monarchs. Relevant links with other websites appear next to the biographies. A beautifully designed and easy to use website.
The Secrets of the Norman Invasion: Nick Austin's website is a fascinating example of how one person's research can contribute to the educational understanding of a whole community. What started as a personal investigation into where the Normans landed in 1066, has turned into a rich resource for all students of the period. The website contains eleven sections of the Bayeux Tapestry. Each one is accompanied by a detailed commentary of the events shown in the section. Nick Austin also provides several Domesday Maps that relate to the area where the Normans landed in 1066.
World War II Resources: A directory of primary source materials on all aspects of the Second World War. It includes Peace and War, United States Foreign Policy 1931-1941, a 421 page chronology with citations to original source documents on the web. Other collections include the British War Blue Book, Diplomatic Documents (papers relative to the events and negotiations which preceded the opening of hostilities), Nazi-Soviet Relations (documents from the archives of the German Foreign Office) and the Pearl Harbor Attack Hearings.
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