Welcome to Hokanson’s American History

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Welcome to Hokanson’s American History (aka OxPower History)!  Here you will find many online resources, including several tutorials, that will help you to learn and assess your knowledge of United States history.

Today the United States is a superpower that wields significant influence throughout the world. The United States was formed only a little over 200 years ago, despite all the changes that have taken place, one thing has remained constant. At the heart of the nation’s experience has been- and is -agreement over the basic principles of American society and the American political system. Individual rights, government by consent of the governed, and equality of opportunity- these are the basic tenets of the United States. In order to understand the United States and what it stands for, students must be aware of how the nation came about, evolved, and developed. In other words, to comprehend the modern-day nation, students must have some knowledge of the past, and of the history that led the nation to the point at which it is today.

“I am loth to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stre[t]ching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”  -Abraham Lincoln

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
-From the speech, “Citizenship in a Republic” (1910) by Theodore Roosevelt

American History Plan of Study

VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest Information

2015-2016 VFW Essay topic:  “What Freedom Means to Me”

*Quarterly Reading Assignment:  Read 1 social studies themed book per quarter (4 total for the year!).  Create a KWL, or Book Review, to complete the assignment.  This assignment is due the final week of each quarter…

We only have about 160 hours to do all of this!  Please be:  Ready, Respectful, and Responsible…  THANKS!!!

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