History can be a challenging subject to study. In addition to the memorization of dates, names and other facts, an understanding of cause and effect is required and parallels must often be drawn to both historical and modern-day events. It can be confusing for students who do not have a passion for long-ago moments in time. We can help.
Bright Hub Education has compiled a large resource of history fact sheets, study guides and other homework help, written and reviewed by teachers and educators, as well as those who pursued history in college or in their careers. These authors try to help you sort out the details of historical events beyond dates and times in order to make your history assignments just a little bit easier.
There is no longer an Ottoman Empire. No one today speaks their language and there are no classics or poetry indicative of the age. For six hundred years, the Ottoman Empire expanded and declined. Who were these people and what became of them?
You’ve seen the stern-looking, white-bearded man on posters, t-shirts and other Americana, but do you really know who Uncle Sam is or how this character came to be? Learn the origin of this unique national symbol.
Wondering what Columbus Day is all about and whether Christopher Columbus actually discovered America? Learn the history of this famous explorer including where he traveled and what occurred before and after his excursion.
Just because the early 1900s was a simpler time—without technology or an especially fast-paced life—does not mean that the people weren’t capable of being brilliant. Will Rogers is a prime example of that.
North American colonists operated with the Native American in peace initially. But as their population grew, tensions arose. Although they were not encouraged to do so, Native Americans still chose sides during the Revolutionary War.
Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights leader and one of America’s greatest orators. With his voice and spirit, he led African-Americans through the oppression of old-fashioned Jim Crow America toward a new age of freedom and equality for his people. His life was not without controversy, however.
Sparked by Rosa Parks, a 381 day boycott of the Montgomery, Alabama city bus system ensued. After a year of protest, legal action, fire-bombs and peaceful demonstration, segregation on Montgomery’s bus system ended, marking a tremendous victory for repressed African-Americans.
What caused the original thirteen American colonies to fight for independence from England? A series of political and economic tensions that spread from Europe across the world. The colonists were finished having fewer rights and less freedom than true British citizens, so they fought back.
Harriet Tubman was a runaway slave who helped dozens of other slaves achieve their freedom. Not only that, she served as a spy for the North during the Civil War and achieved many other feats making her a legend on both sides of the war. Learn more about her many accomplishments.
Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was the most influential black orator of the 19th century. His autobiographies, newspapers and thousands of speeches changed the nation and the world. He worked his whole life for racial equality, women’s rights, universal suffrage and education.
Important names from the Civil War Era and the Civil Rights Movement are common knowledge: Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Malcom X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Less famous are the slaves and free blacks that stood up in the middle of the 18th century who paved the way for the rest of history.
Are you looking to brush up on your American history knowledge? What was the Revolutionary War? What did the Civil War do to change our country’s way of thinking? Some of these topics are addressed in this guide along with other historical events and people detailing how America was born and raised.
More commonly known as the Horn of Plenty, is a cornucopia really a horn? What is it filled with–plenty of what? As the Greek legend goes, this “horn” comes originally from that of a goat. Learn how it has been transformed into a fall table decoration over the years. What does it represent today?
The Black Death and the Feudal society are two important characteristics of the Middle Ages. When studying that period it’s also important to include areas such as art, architecture and music. Many do not understand that the culture of music was a common aspect of everyday life as well as working