by Bruce Chadwick
The story of young settlers as they try to find their place in Oklahoma, America, and the world. It is a nicely told saga told within all of those memorable tunes.
The argument was made up of equal parts history, much of it dark, and an assessment of the practical implications of a ruling that Congress had never clearly destroyed the sovereignty of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation over the area, covering about half the state.
SOURCE: The Washington Post
by Catherine Rampell
It seems strange to organize an educational system around what can’t be taught to children.
SOURCE: The Christian Science Monitor
Responding to uproar, a conservative Oklahoma lawmaker backs off bill to curb funding for AP history that he says downplays American 'exceptionalism.' The bill 'was very poorly worded,' he said.
SOURCE: The New Republic
by Jonathan Zimmerman
The great elephant in the A.P. classroom: Many college-level instructors don’t teach these skills in their own courses.
SOURCE: Think Progress
An Oklahoma bill banning Advanced Placement U.S. History would also require schools to instruct students in a long list of ‘foundational documents,’ including the Ten Commandments, two sermons and three speeches by Ronald Reagan,
On May 28, 1888, Jim Thorpe was born in a one-room cabin in Prague, Oklahoma. A member of the Sac and Fox Nation, Thorpe—an Olympic champion and football and baseball star—was perhaps the greatest all-around athlete America has ever produced. Nearly a year following his death in 1953, his widow transported his body to a small Pennsylvania hamlet that agreed to rename itself in his honor. Now amid a family feud, Thorpe’s two surviving sons are seeking to re-inter his remains on tribal lands in his native Oklahoma, and a federal judge has ruled in their favor....
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