It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start. -Mother Teresa

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

History: What I Didn't Understand

This past year, the girls and I have visited the Manzanar National Historic Site, which was a Japanese "relocation center" in California.

In Missouri, we studied about slavery and segregation at the George Washington Carver National Monument.

We also spent some time at The Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site in Arizona, which is the the oldest operating trading post on the Navajo Nation. There we learned about the Native American "relocation" and other injustices.

Most recently, we visited the CANDLES Holocaust Museum in Indiana where we had a Q & A time with a Romanian Holocaust survivor who was part of the horrific "Mengele Twins" experiments in Auschwitz.

In each of those places, we were able to put a literal face to historical events. We heard and we saw another view.

The combination of homeschooling and internationally adopting has completely changed the way I view history. I am only sorry that it took me so long. This is just one of the examples of how the history we studied in school may not have shared multicultural views of an event.

This post was inspired by this article: 

Another place we have yet to take the girls is the Ukrainian National Museum of Chicago. They try to introduce the horrors of the Holodomor, which is the genocide of 10 million people under Stalin's Rule. (Another piece of modern history not often shared or studied.)  

Where have you been or what have you read that has changed your view of history? 

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