72 Studying the Constitution Student Game Show and Test Review

November 2, 2017

Studying the Constitution? Watch our video! This Middle School game show features three 8th graders in the midst of their studies, taking a quiz to prepare for their exams. Questions are featured on the screen? How well will you do against our competitors? Tune in and learn more about checks and balances, the three branches of government, and the design of the Constitution of the United States.

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42 Reconstruction, 13th Amendment, Dawes Act, and Womens Suffrage in Wyoming

April 10, 2017

42 Reconstruction, 13th Amendment, Dawes Act, and Womens Suffrage in Wyoming in this edition of the Hauger History Podcast. Join us for a quiz review and practice questions discussing changes taking place with President Abraham Lincoln, President Andrew Jackson, and the challenges of westward expansion and unifying the nation. 

  1. How did Lincoln think the South should be treated after the Civil War? ______
    1. With kindness and justice
    2. By having them pay for all repairs to the nation
    3. By restricting any representatives from joining Congress
    4. All of the Above
  2. Sharecropping most closely works like the following: ______
    1. A way to make quick money in a rapidly growing country
    2. Borrowing land, supplies, and food, and working off your debt
    3. Free land given by the U.S. government
    4. Reparation payments for slavery
  3. Our textbook and people around President Johnson described him as: ______
    1. A compromise worker
    2. An advocate for total equality of all people living in the United States
    3. The Second Coming of Andrew Jackson
    4. Stubborn and unwilling to compromise
  4. What was the purpose of black codes? ______
    1. To offer education
    2. To offer healthcare to all people
    3. To control former slaves
    4. To present freedom to all people
  5. Why was the 13th Amendment created? ____
    1. To free all the slaves
    2. To offer healthcare to all people
    3. To control former slaves
    4. To present freedom to all people
  6. Why was the 14th Amendment created? ____
    1. To raise taxes
    2. To offer healthcare to all people
    3. Equal protection under the law
    4. To destroy large plantations
  7. What was the purpose of the Dawes Act?
    1. To give rights to Native Americans
    2. To require Native Americans to become Americanized
    3. To eliminate all the buffalo
    4. To introduce new animals to the American frontier
  8. What was the result of the battle at Little Big Horn?


  1. In what ways were women treated better in many midwest places like Wyoming than in the East?



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40 The Civil War Ends with Income Tax, Draft, Technology, and Surrender

March 22, 2017

The Civil War is over, but not before we review episode 1 [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqqpZGnLwss&t=313s] and explore how the draft was put into place, along with income tax for the first time. We explore the lasting impact of the fighting, closing strategies between Ulysses S Grant and Robert E Lee, and how technology created a lasting impact on American History and piled up more bodies than any conflict before.

Who captured the U.S. arsenal at Harpers Ferry?

Why were all slaves not immediately freed after the Emancipation Proclamation?

What lasting impacts do we have today?

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39 Civil War Beginnings, Expectations, Hygiene, and Early events

March 19, 2017

Hello and welcome to our “Civil War” Hauger History Podcast overviewing the events leading to secession of Southern States, and a war of more than four years and 600,000 deaths resulting from the conflict.

Some of the key events of this podcast include:

  • Differences in perspectives about the causes of the Civil War.  (examples are the contrast in learning in Houston vs San Francisco public schools that I researched)
  • The fighting and devastation taking place mostly in Southern States.
  • Robert E Lee was desired to be a general in the North, how that could have changed the course of events of the Civil War.
  • President Lincoln thought a volunteer army could end the conflict in 90 days in a relatively simple process to what actually enrolled.
  • Strategies of the Union and Confederate Armies going into the War.
  • Early Confederate victories at Fort Sumter and Bull Run.
  • Technology of war improves, more accurate, more deadly.
  • Twice as many die of disease, poor sanitation
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36 Rising Tensions Over Slavery to Abraham Lincoln in 1860 Hauger History for 8th Grade

February 17, 2017

Tensions are rising fast in the middle 1800's. Disagreements over states rights, slavery, economy, voting rights, and territory in Kansas are bringing debate, chaos, and violence to many lives. Containing the hotly contentious issue of slavery is becoming more difficult than ever. This 8th grade Social Studies podcast reviews these questions and more:

8th Grade Social Studies A Nation Breaking Apart Key Concepts and here is a study guide for you!

  1. What were the economies of the North and South based on between 1830-1850? (2) ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  2. Why did Southern States decide to secede from the Union? What was their justification for doing so? (2) _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  3. What was the Compromise of 1850? What did it promise the North and South? (2) ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  4. True / False: The Wilmot Proviso was never officially passed.
  5. True / False: The Fugitive Slave Act was enabled to protect free slaves who have escaped.
  6. True / False: The Dred Scott case ruled to preserve and protect Scott’s freedom as a citizen.
  7. What would you have done to preserve the Union? Would it have worked? (1) ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

35 History of Valentines Day in Church and Society

February 10, 2017

The History of Valentine's has many hearts and faces, and some of it may be news to you. There are multiple St. Valentine's  in history! It may depend on when or where you were raised, or you may just celebrate the way most people do, with sweets!


Tune in to this special all grades edition of the Hauger History Podcast for a little history on Valentine's Day and its modern practices, projecting that the average person spends more than $150 this year on Valentine's gifts! Thanks for listening. Please subscribe! The video will be live at:https://youtu.be/FZDZX_hvl40 for this podcast. 

33 Dorothea Lynde Dix Reformer for the Mentally Ill

February 1, 2017

The Hauger History podcast is proud to celebrate pioneers in their field. This 8th grade edition of the Hauger History Podcast honors the work and dedication of Dorothea Lynde Dix to helping mentally ill people in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. There were many reform movements happening in America between 1800-1850, and Dorothea Dix was among the first to turn to look towards the underprivileged, and the mentally ill. Most were being terribly mistreated at the time. Her tireless work, lobbying, research, records, and legislation began to see a change for the better over time, because of her dedication to helping others. From Massachusetts to North Carolina, she advanced the care of the mentally ill greatly during her lifetime and set an example of what it means to serve your country. 


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31 American Identity from 1800-1850 Culture Art and Society Test Review

January 28, 2017

In this edition for 8th grade history of the Hauger History Podcast, we discuss emerging identity of Americans between 1800-1850. We discuss the improtance of 5 big questions regarding art, culture, and society in American history. No matter your level of Social Studies, you are likely to encounter the big picture of American history regarding these five factors. The 5 questions of focus in this episode are:

  1. Define Romanticism in American Art and Literature, what details would you expect to find in such art? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  2. What is transcendentalism? How does it relate to the United States in the mid-1800’s? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  3. Why do we value the literature and art of the mid-1800’s? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  4. Horace Mann pioneered public education, calling it “the great equalizer”. Do you think it was? Explain. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  5. What was the temperance movement? Who started it? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

30 Muhammads Life and the Origins and Spread of Islam for Middle School Students

January 24, 2017

What do you know about Islam? Maybe that the word Islam comes the Arabic root "Salema": peace, purity, submission and obedience. Maybe you know that it's The fastest growing religion in the world, the center of study for millions in the United States, and a trending topic on Social Media everywhere. In today’s edition of the Hauger History podcast, we separate hype and fiction, and discuss some of the origins of Islam for MIddle School Students.

Thanks for joining us on this 6th grade edition of Hauger HIstory Podcast with Mr. Hauger, I am the second part. Today we discuss the origins and spread of Islam. Thanks for listening, you can find the Hauger History Podcast on YouTube at the Danny Hauger Channel, at Haugerhistory.podbean.com, on itunes, or on Twitter @HaugerHistory. (www.dannyhauger.com

Islam began on the Arabian Peninsula and spread outward. Islamic traders from the Arabian Peninsula who traveled to Persian, Egypt, Spain, and elsewhere brought their religion with them. Islam spread through trade, war, and peace.

Today, more than a billion people around the world practice Islam, and the Middle East, which includes the Arabian Peninsula, is one of the most important regions in the world. In this unit, you will take a closer look at this region.

The prophet Muhammad was born sometime around 570 C.E. (For a Christian reference point, this was about 540 years or so after the time of Jesus. Muhammad taught of a faith called Islam. The word Islam comes the Arabic root "Salema": peace, purity, submission and obedience. Followers of Islam are called Muslim. Muslim is an Arabic word that means one who submits to Allah. Allah is told to be the same God worshipped by the JEws and Christians, who are often referred to as people of the book. Islam shares many of the Old Testament and Christian prophets. Muhammad teaches that he is the seal of the prophets, who is the final messenger with a direct line of communication to teach the will of God.

Muhammad’s birthplace, Mecca, was an ancient place of worship and is sacred ground for Muslims. There are also many relevant locations to Abraham and other Old Testament prophets, building on the history of the people of the book and making reference to it.


Abraham built a house of worship at the site, called the Ka’bah. Over time, people settled near it. By the time of Muhammad’s birth, this settlement, now known as Meccas, was a prosperous city at the crossroads of great trade routes. Muhammad had a difficult time growing up, losing his father, and was sent to live with a family of nomads in the desert. He learned the skills of being a merchant from his family and became a skilled trader, and communicator who won the respect of colleagues and people around him. He married an influential woman at 25 and had several children.

Between 610 and 611 CE, Muhammad had a vision within a cave in the Mountains and was visited by the Angel Gabriel. He was told he was a messenger of God. His teachings were recorded by his followers in the Qur’an, as Muhammad could neither read nor write. Not everyone accepted him readily as a prophet, and he was met with significant resistance. The ideals of charity, peace, and generosity won many people over as Muhammad continued to travel and teach people of his faith. Muhammad led an army to eventually remove all previous idols of worship in Mecca, and did so without battle, after finding loyalty from other clans and tribes who were appreciative of his message.

After Muhammad’s death shortly after, there was disagreement over who should continue to lead the faith, Abu Bakr, the chosen Caliph, or Muslim Ruler, Bakr used military force and converted much of the Arabian Peninsula. Caliph Umar continued to expand territory of Muslim influence after Bakr’s death. Most Muslims, called Sunnis, supported the line of the Caliphate, as leaders of Islam. A split came when Shi’ah Muslims, believed that true leadership could only come from Muhammad’s bloodline through his daughter Fatima, should be acknowledged as the true leaders of the faith.

Many people came to worship and make pilgrimage to the Ka’bah. This still occurs today, as one of the five pillars of Muslim faith, to make at least one trip to Mecca in your life, if you are able.

After Muhammad’s call to faith and diligent work, which was challenged by many at the time, the Ka’bah became a center of Islamic worship as the faith spread throughout the Arabian Peninsula and beyond.

The Qur'an is the holy book of Islam. Its pages record Muhammad's teachings. Eric Von Seggern/Shutterstock

Importance to modern day: In the religious sense, Islam means submission to the will of God and obedience to His law.

A Pew Research poll in 2015  are predicting a jump from 1.6 to 2.7 billion Muslims by the year 2050 if current trends continue (Becoming nearly 31% of the world’s population).

28 Martin Luther King Jr My Favorite American - Hauger History Podcast

January 15, 2017

I can't think of a single American who embodies the qualities of a leader more than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is my favorite American. He deserves his holiday, in a country where individual people have very few national holidays to memorialize them. His efforts and legacy live on as a reminder to me to do what I can for equality and justice. I am grateful to have been taught about his important work, and in a small podcast effort, in my humble way, offer this moment of thanks to Dr. King for his tireless work, and that I should remember to teach my students that the work is not yet over. 

  • "Darkness can not drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
  • Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) is my favorite American. Bravery as notable as any figure, humility to take on a great cause without expecting personal gain, and dignity, the belief in rights and equality, with the presence of mind and persistence to continue his important work, regardless of consequences.
  • Students, this podcast is a preview of a great man, in all senses. I encourage you to follow up this podcast with some research of your own.
  • Dr. King was a Baptist minister and an educated man from morehouse College, where he started at age 15, Crozer Theological Seminary, and graduate school at Boston university. He was well read. He gained from theorists, philosophers, and became school class president senior year in a mostly white class.
  • We often speak about King’s role as asocial activist. His pivotal role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Inspired by advocates of nonviolence such as Gandhi, King towards equality for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and victims of injustice through peaceful protest. He was the driving force behind cornerstone events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is remembered each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday since 1986.
  • Here are a few tips you might not have known, according to NewsFoxes: 1. King’s birth name was Michael, not Martin.
  • The civil rights leader was born Michael King Jr. on January 15, 1929. In 1934, however, his father, a pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, traveled to Germany and became inspired by the Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther. As a result, King Sr. changed his own name as well as that of his 5-year-old son.
  • King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was not his first at the Lincoln Memorial.
  • Six years before his iconic oration at the March on Washington, King was among the civil rights leaders who spoke in the shadow of the Great Emancipator during the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom on May 17, 1957. Before a crowd estimated at between 15,000 and 30,000, King delivered his first national address on the topic of voting rights. His speech, in which he urged America to “give us the ballot,” drew strong reviews and positioned him at the forefront of the civil rights leadership.
  • King was jailed 29 times.
  • According to the King Center, the civil rights leader went to jail nearly 30 times. He was arrested for acts of civil disobedience and on trumped-up charges, such as when he was jailed in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1956 for driving 30 miles per hour in a 25-mile-per-hour zone.
  • King narrowly escaped an assassination attempt a decade before his death, on September 20, 1958, King was in Harlem signing copies of his new book, “Stride Toward Freedom,” in Blumstein’s department store when he was approached by Izola Ware Curry. The woman asked if he was Martin Luther King Jr. After he said yes, Curry said, “I’ve been looking for you for five years,” and she plunged a seven-inch letter opener into his chest. The tip of the blade came to rest alongside his aorta, and King underwent hours of delicate emergency surgery. Surgeons later told King that just one sneeze could have punctured the aorta and killed him. From his hospital bed where he convalesced for weeks, King issued a statement affirming his nonviolent principles and saying he felt no ill will toward his mentally ill attacker.

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