Taxes & Smuggling – Prelude to Revolution: Crash Course US History #6

In which John Green teaches you about the roots of the American Revolution. The Revolution did not start on July 4, 1776. The Revolutionary War didn’t start on July 4 either. (as you remember, I’m sure, the Revolution and the Revolutionary War are not the same thing) The shooting started on April 19, 1775, atContinue reading “Taxes & Smuggling – Prelude to Revolution: Crash Course US History #6”

The Seven Years War and the Great Awakening: Crash Course US History #5

In which John Green teaches you about the beginnings of the American Revolution in a video titled The Seven Years War. Confusing? Maybe. John argues that the Seven Years War, which is often called the French and Indian War in the US, laid a lot of the groundwork for the Revolution. More confusing? Why doesContinue reading “The Seven Years War and the Great Awakening: Crash Course US History #5”

The Quakers, the Dutch, and the Ladies: Crash Course US History #4

In which John Green teaches you about some of the colonies that were not in Virginia or Massachussetts. Old New York was once New Amsterdam. Why they changed it, I can say; ENGLISH people just liked it better that way, and when the English took New Amsterdam in 1643, that’s just what they did. BeforeContinue reading “The Quakers, the Dutch, and the Ladies: Crash Course US History #4”

The Natives and the English – Crash Course US History #3

In which John Green teaches you about relations between the early English colonists and the native people the encountered in the New World. In short, these relations were poor. As soon as they arrived, the English were in conflict with the native people. At Jamestown, Captain John Smith briefly managed to get the colony onContinue reading “The Natives and the English – Crash Course US History #3”

When is Thanksgiving? Colonizing America: Crash Course US History #2

In which John Green teaches you about the (English) colonies in what is now the United States. He covers the first permanent English colony at Jamestown, Virginia, the various theocracies in Massachusetts, the feudal kingdom in Maryland, and even a bit about the spooky lost colony at Roanoke Island. What were the English doing inContinue reading “When is Thanksgiving? Colonizing America: Crash Course US History #2”

The Black Legend, Native Americans, and Spaniards: Crash Course US History #1

In which John Green kicks off Crash Course US History! Why, you may ask, are we covering US History, and not more World History, or the history of some other country, or the very specific history of your home region? Well, the reasons are many. But, like it or not, the United States has probablyContinue reading “The Black Legend, Native Americans, and Spaniards: Crash Course US History #1”

Chinese official declares Beijing has targeted Australian goods as economic punishment

A Chinese official has openly declared that Beijing has singled out Australia for economic punishment, saying the federal government cannot profit from China while “smearing” it. China’s government has hit several Australian industries with economic sanctions, imposing hefty tariffs on Australian barley and wine exports while throwing up barriers to several other products including timber,Continue reading “Chinese official declares Beijing has targeted Australian goods as economic punishment”

France denies covering-up nuclear tests near French Polynesia in Pacific

The French government on Friday denied any cover-up over radiation levels in the Pacific following its nuclear testing in the region, as state-backed discussions took place in Paris about the legacy of the explosions. A two-day meeting called by French President Emmanuel Macron began on Thursday following fresh allegations that the testing from 1966 to 1996 causedContinue reading “France denies covering-up nuclear tests near French Polynesia in Pacific”

Queen Victoria and Elizabeth II statues toppled in Canada amid anger at deaths of Indigenous children

Statues brought down as part of protests at treatment of Indigenous children in notorious residential schools Statues of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II have been toppled in Canada amid growing outrage over the discovery of unmarked graves belonging to Indigenous children. A group gathered at the Manitoba legislature in Winnipeg pulled down the statue of VictoriaContinue reading “Queen Victoria and Elizabeth II statues toppled in Canada amid anger at deaths of Indigenous children”

Things Fall Apart, Part 2: Crash Course Literature 209

In which John Green concludes teaching you about Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. You’ll learn about the historical contexts of Things Fall Apart, including 19th century colonization and 20th century decolonization. We’re going to learn a little bit about Achebe’s childhood between two cultures, cover Okonkwo’s sad, sad end, and even learn a little aboutContinue reading “Things Fall Apart, Part 2: Crash Course Literature 209”

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