Topic Description

Traditional history approaches events from a “top-down” model: the history of royalty, presidents, major battles, etc. But what about history from the ground up?┬áThis section uses the video collection to help students understand how events taught in traditional history classes affect ordinary people everyday.

Overarching Themes

  • Larger social and political forces’ impact on individual lives
  • How events shape individual and collective identity
  • Decision-making at the societal level
  • How people identify as part of a group