This past week I asked my students to review our lesson on the major events that happened each year of the 1960s and relay which two years they felt were most impactful. The responses I received were the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, the Vietnam War in general, and Woodstock in 1969. This week we focused on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the Gulf of Tonkin incident, and the Tet Offensive. The students were able, on their own, to analyze photos of the protests of the Buddhist monks in Vietnam and the Kent State massacre in response to the bombing of Cambodia that was authorized by President Nixon.
World History I
The most engaging part of our class time this week was examining the Arch of Titus that was erected by Emperor Domitian in 81 CE that shows scenes of the sack of the Second Temple of Jerusalem. The second most engaging portion of the class was watching a 3D animated scene of A Day in Pompeii during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
World History II
Our historians were fascinated by the Bayeux Tapestry which shows is embroidered with pictures of the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England by William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy in 1066. We also discussed the Byzantine Empress Zoe, but nothing was as captivating as the Bayeux Tapestry.
MS US History
This set of historians analyzed and made comparisons of political cartoons of President Lyndon Johnson at the beginning of his administration and three years in. We tried to define what justice means to each of us individually and how LBJ envisioned it in his Great Society. We were also able to spend some time on the King Center website learning about nonviolent direct action and how it was employed as a resistance technique by Cesar Chavez and others during the California Grape Workers' Strike. We analyzed some photos of the strike and made note of intentional imagery used in a video about Cesar Chavez.
African American History
Our African American History historians visited the King Center's website and learned the guiding principles of nonviolent resistance and also learned the opposing viewpoints from Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael, leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). We discussed the difference between being a pacifist by nature and being trained in the techniques of nonviolent resistance.