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Interview: Philadelphia and US History

Michael is from Philadelphia, USA. He has a keen interest in American history, and in this interview he shares his knowledge with us.

The American Flag

Philadelphia is the largest city in the state of Pennsylvania and has about 1.5 million inhabitants. It was founded in 1682 by William Penn to serve as the capital of the Pennsylvania colony. The city was the country's capital for a period and was the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Before listening to the interview, you should find out:

  • The name Philadelphia is a combination of two Greek words. What do the words mean?
  • How many colonies did Britain have along the eastern coast?
  • When was the Declaration of Independence signed?
  • When was the Constitution signed?
  • It was only men that signed these documents. What were they called?
  • What is the name of the most famous bell in Philadelphia?
  • What is the Pledge of Allegiance?

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Historical Domuments and Their Significance

Liberty Bell
Liberty Bell and Declaration of Independence

Look at these quotes:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created....."

(Declaration of Independence)

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish....."

(The Constitution)

  • Try to complete the sentences with the exact wording.
  • Make a list of the values represented in these two quotes.
  • Why do you think the Founding Fathers focused on these particular values?
  • Compare and contrast these values with Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (see picture below)
  • When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948, it was ratified by 48 countries. Explain why these values are considered so fundamental.
Human Rights
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

"Sailing To Philadelphia" by Mark Knopfler

  1. Listen to the song (there are several recordings on YouTube) and look up the lyrics on the web. Find out what is meant by the following words/expressions:
    • Geordie
    • The coaly Tyne
    • A stargazer
    • The Mason-Dixon line
    • They'd cut me out for baking bread
    • Royal Society
    • Iroqouis
    • Gullible
    • Surveyor
    • The Capes of Delaware
  2. Write a blog entry or a text where you analyze the lyrics by means of one of these two approaches:
    • Either:
      "You talk of liberty
      How can America be free
      A Geordie and a baker's boy
      In the forest of the Iroquois..."
      Why are the Iroquois mentioned here? What claims do indigenous people have to their land?
    • Or
      "It was my fate from birth
      to make my mark upon the earth"
      What creates history? Fate or free will?

Digital Stories

Make a digital story based on Michael's information and other internet sources. Use programs like Moviemaker or Photostory. Focus on one of the following topics:

  1. Mason and Dixon drawing the Mason Dixon line.
  2. Betsy Ross played a central role in the creation of the U.S. flag. Find out more about this and consider why a flag is such a fundamental symbol.
  3. From the point of view of the Liberty Bell. Give an account of its story and central historical events it has witnessed over the years.

Learning content

US History

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    Early Settlement to Civil War

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    Waves of Immigration

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    Reconstruction to World War II

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    The Cold War Era – A Precarious Peace

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    The Fifties and the Sixties

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    The Civil Rights Movement

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    The Cuban Missile Crisis

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    The Seventies and the Eighties

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    The 1990s

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    Into a New Millenium

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    The impact of 9/11

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    Abraham Lincoln

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    12 Years a Slave (film)

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    Easy text: African Americans - from Slavery to Civil Rights

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    From Slavery To Civil Rights

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    Malcolm X: "Who Taught You to Hate Yourself?"

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    Strange Fruit (song)

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    The Help (film)

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    The Cuban-American Relationship

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    American Presidents and the Art of Rhetoric

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    Famous quotes by American Presidents

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    Forrest Gump - Revisited

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    Challenges for the US in the 21st Century

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    Early Settlement - Vocabulary

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    Task - Waves of Immigration

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    Cold War Jargon

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    The Fifties and Sixties

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    Vocabulary - Civil Rights

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    Vocabulary 2 - Civil Rights

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    Lincoln - Tasks

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    African Americans - from Slavery to the Present, Text in Brief

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    Rosa Parks - a Voice Heard

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    Historical Names and Events in The Help

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    Mississippi Burning

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    Mississippi Burning - Tasks

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    Cuba - USA, True or False?

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    Perform Like the Best - Obama and Martin Luther King

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    Challenges for the US in the 21st Century – Tasks

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    Challenges for the USA

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