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? This 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

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