Monday, May 21, 2012

The Last Post


This website will remain online at least through the end of the week so that you can study for your final exams. Just to give you some perspective, here are some statistics of site use as of today (5/21/12)

Visitors / Site Use

(There are only 72 students in my history classes. Even if each student accessed this site from three locations (home, Nolan, phone) that would only account for 216 unique visitors)

Above are maps of site use by country and state. The darker the color green, the more visitors from that region. (See scale at the bottom of each image.)

To the right is a list of the top 10 states by number of visitors.

Top three languages of site visitors: US-English, GB-English, German.

Top browsers of site visitors:
Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari.

Top social network referrals:
Google+, Blogger, Facebook 

Blog Content
  • Number of posts: 126
  • Number of units covered: 13
  • Number of images used: 886
This is a composite of every image used on this website this year.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

CM Hours Online


Mr. Grey wanted me to pass this along. Read this before you try to register.

Students, when you go to to sign into the system, you must click on the COMPLETE REGISTRATION button in order to, well, complete registration. This is what the directions in the power point provided show. Please follow the directions. All of you are already pre-registered. Many students have already gone onto the website and clicked on REGISTER. What this does is create a double account. The double account does NOT have your current hours transferred onto it. Therefore, Mr. Gray is not accepting these accounts. Those students who have done the double account will have a rejection email coming back to them for the double account. Those students will need to go back to, click on COMPLETE REGISTRATION, then enter your name and number we provided you, and all your life story will be found already pre-entered into the system. Follow the power point instructions to complete your registration.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Addendum: Unit 12 Review

Key Terms / People / Events
Truman Doctrine
Warsaw Pact
The Cold War
United Nations
Bay of Pigs Invasion
Cuban Missile Crisis
Limited Test Ban Treaty
Hot Line
hydrogen bomb (Why did the US develop it?)

Use your guided readings 261., 26.4, and 28.1, to gather this information.

Your full review can be found here.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Once More, From The Top

You are required to upload your films to YouTube or Vimeo. Your submission to YouTube or Vimeo must include the following information.

Your submission must: 
  • Have your final title on it (Not just "History Project")
  • Have the names of everyone who worked on it in the description. 
  • Link to your production journal.  

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Re-Post: Film Project Submissions

Your final film is due no later than Monday, May 7th.

To submit your film, upload it to either Vimeo or YouTube and send me the link ( (If you do not want people outside the class to see it, you can set it to "unlisted," meaning only people with the link can see it.) You must also embed this video in a post on your production journal site. We will watch the films in class the Friday following.

Your submission must: 
  • Have your final title on it (Not just "History Project")
  • Have the names of everyone who worked on it in the description. 
  • Link to your production journal. 
If you have a problem uploading to YouTube, send me an email! (

Follow-Up: If you have a Gmail account, you have a YouTube account. Sign into your Gmail account then select YouTube on the black bar at the top (or visit then click "sign in." You will be directed to setup your account (select account name, etc.)

When you are exporting your video (from iMovie or whatever) export it as large (high-quality) as possible. YouTube does not have a size upload limit, only a time upload limit on new accounts. None of your videos are longer than 15 minutes, so you should not have a problem.

If you have any problems: Email me immediately! (

Friday, May 4, 2012

Unit 12: The Cold War

Two superpowers, both alike in...wait, wrong class. 

superpower: a state with a dominant position in the international system which has the ability to influence events and its own interests and project power on a worldwide scale to protect those interests.


Wait, weren't we friends?
  • "enemy of my enemy...."
  • USSR had been an ally of Hitler
  • switched (Europe did not forget)
  • foreign policy at odds 
  • incompatible economic / political  systems
    • Stalin refused free elections in Poland for instance. 
United Nations (UN)
  • April 25, 1945,
  • 50 nation reps met in San Francisco 
  • June 26, 1945, the delegates signed the UN Charter
  • became the arena for much of the cold war.
Back in Europe
  • Stalin dominates "satellite" governments in eastern Europe 
  • US adopts a policy of containment
    • stop the spread of communist influence 
"An iron curtain has descended across the Continent."  
  • both sides think they are headed for war. 
  • Cold War would last from 1945 to 1991
Truman Doctrine: US policy to aid the people of Turkey and Greece to prevent them falling into Soviet hands.
  • military and economic aid
  • aim to prevent slip into communism (remember pre-WWII Europe?) 
  • start of the cold war
Marshall Plan: US policy of aid to western Europe. (Actually only worked when certain parts were abandoned) (More on that next year)
Germany becomes an issue
  • reunification (remember Yalta?)
  • Germany divided East / West, 
  • Berlin (inside East Germany) also divided East / West 
  • Stalin cut off land access to West Berlin (2.1 million residents) 
Berlin Airlift: 
  • 24 June 1948 – 12 May 1949 
  • USAF and RAF fly in a constant stream of supplies to the city  
  •  277,000 flights, they brought in 2.3 million tons of supplies
  • increased US prestige around the world 
  • USSR gave up in 1949
US, French, and British occupied Germany became the Federal Republic of Germany - included West Germany

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

  • Western nations afraid of 
  • Soviet aggression 
  • pledged to support each other if attacked
  • first US peacetime alliance  
  • United States, Belgium, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Greece, West Germany
  • Standing army 500,000 men