Ep 26 Andrew Jackson and the Battle of the Alamo for 8th Graders

January 9, 2017

Ep 26 Andrew Jackson and the Battle of the Alamo for 8th Graders recorded January 9th, 2017 for the 8th Grade Class. In this podcast, we answer the following questions. 

  1.     Explain the appeal of Andrew Jackson that made him favorable to the common American at the time. 
  2.     What was the Trail of Tears? Why effects did it have? 
  3. Explain the potential economic benefit of a protective tariff? 
  4. (Henry Clay / Stephen Austin) supported the Presidential selection of John Adams over Jackson.

    1. (John Adams / Andrew Jackson) won the popular vote in the election of 1824.
    2. (The Tariff of Abominations / Trail of Tears) hurt business in the South because of increased production costs.

    7.  Describe the Spoils System 

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Ep 25 Manifest Destiny and Westward Expansion of the United States Hauger History Podcast

January 6, 2017

Go West! Episode 25 (8th Grade edition) of the Hauger History Podcast discusses Westward expansion of the United States, the free land offer in Oregon, and the opportunities for people to move and make a new life of prosperity (and often grave danger and peril), out West.
Topics for this "Manifest Destiny" podcast include:
-Trends in American life between 1800 and 1860 including the evolving culture of the United States and growing nationalism.
-Mexico gave up claims to Texas above the Rio Grande River.
-Mexico gave the U. S. California and New Mexico.
-U. S. gave Mexico $15,000,000 and agreed to pay the claims of American citizens against ---Mexico(over $3,500,000).
The War with Mexico
Wilmot Proviso
Oregon Trail
Donner Party
Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo
California and Texas join the United States
and lots more!
Watch the video version on YouTube of this episode. Thanks for listening!



Ep. 23 Thomas Jefferson and the War of 1812 Quiz Review for 8th Grade

December 11, 2016

Ep. 23 If you're studying 8th grade Social Studies, check out this review for a highlight of topics preparing for a test on Thomas Jefferson and the time period leading up to the War of 1812 between the United States and Great Britain. Its a chapter with a wealth of important events and this podcast breaks down some significant progress in the march to a modern United States of America. Not all of it is celebratory, in fact, there are a lot of difficult times afoot, but the path of history takes great strides in the era of Thomas Jefferson, tune in for more summaries of the following topics:

  • Thomas Jefferson and his hobbies and interests
  • Marbury vs. Madison and Judicial Review
  • War Hawks
  • The War of 1812 and its outcomes
  • The Louisiana Purchase
  • Tecumseh 
    • Tecumseh was chief of which tribe? _____________ Shawnee b. Pawnee c. Tawnee d. Sioux
    • Tecumseh intended to prevent the loss of Native American lands by _________
  • Legal treaties b. unifying all Native Americans c. Writing to Europe for help

and more...!


Ep. 14 Road to the American Revolution

October 16, 2016
Ep. #14: For Patrick Henry, the goal was to make the most if a rebellion, if one was to happen. And it was! Enough of a Revolution to overlook that I just started this sentence with the dreaded word AND. In this 8th Grade edition of the Hauger History Podcast, we explore the many taxes, tensions, and uprisings that led to the American fight that would eventually produce Independence. Join us for a discussion of the summarizing events leading America from colonies to country.


We discuss
  • The Stamp Act
  • The Repeal
  • The Declaratory Act
  • The Boston Tea Party
  • The Boston massacre
  • The Quartering Act
  • The Townshend Acts
  • and lots more!
 Produced by Danny Hauger at www.dannyhauger.com

Ep. 9 The Appeal of New England to Colonial Settlers

September 23, 2016

Ep. #9: Hello and a yankee welcome (sorry Red Sox fans) to an 8th grade edition of the Hauger History Podcast. In today’s episode, we explore the draw and appeal of New England to colonial settlers who came to the New World. We are covering California History Standard 5.3, aligning to many History Standards.


In 8th grade right now, our students are preparing a Colonial Sales Booth to draw potential settlers (5th graders) who will come and view their boards, hear their slogans, and attempt to persuade them to vote for their colony to settle in.


Students have been given groups and one of the 13 British Colonies to promote as ad men and women.

Today, we will offer some support to students covering New England teritory, and their appeal.


New England included:

  • Connecticut

  • Rhode Island

  • Massachusetts

  • New Hampshire


Why would you have chosen New England?


Well lets start with some of the tribulations and challenges of Merry Old England, before a lot of the modern day merryness.


In August of 1607 the Plymouth Company arrived after some failed attempts of France and England to settle the area had previously withered. Early efforts were challenging.


  • The Mayflower arrived in 1620, to establish colonies, buildings, and food supplies, and benefit from the knowledge of previous trials and failures. A foundational document, one that would influence and effect even our Americans and Democratic Socities today -  The Mayflower Compact

    • Signed on November 11th, the Mayflower COmpact was the first written framework of government established in what is now the United States. The compact was drafted to prevent dissent amongst Puritans and non-separatist Pilgrims who had landed at Plymouth a few days earlier.

      • In history we really like talking about “firsts”

      • IN The Name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honor of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first colony in the northern Parts of Virginia; Do by these Presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid; And by Virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions, and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general Good of the Colony;

  • In 1663, Rhode Island’s charter was granted. According to Rollins College, Rhode Island was ahead of its time in democratic solutions during an era and place where everything ultimately resided with the decisions of the crown. The ideals of progressive thinking businessmen and plantation owners were able to instill a written constitution that would endure virtually unchanged for over a hundred years. These ideals regarding freedom and free trade would eventually reflect in the constitution of the United States. The momentous act of independence was the only thing that was able to make fundamental changes to the charter, and the new version would also remain unchanged for another half a century.

  • New England had colonial towns, were early masters of ship building, fishing, and community government.

  • The first houses in New England were simple wooden huts. They had timber frames covered in clapboard with thatched roofs. Rather than glass windows had sheets of paper soaked in oil. The first chimneys were of logs covered in plaster - an obvious fire hazard! The earliest houses were crowded, dark and drafty.

  • However people soon built more substantial houses. As they grew more prosperous they added new rooms. They also replaced oiled paper with glass windows.

  • In the late 17th century the main room in a prosperous New England home was called the keeping room. It was used as a living room and a dining room. In it carpets were placed on tables (they were too valuable to put on the floor!). Chairs were a luxury and often only dad had one. The rest of the family sat on benches. They used chests for storage.

  • In New Amsterdam buildings were, at first, made of wood but in time houses of stone or brick were erected. Thatched roofs were banned in 1657 (because of the risk of fire). Dutch settlers built houses in the same style as those at home.

  • Colonial Food and Drink

  • In the 17th century it was not safe to drink water, it was too dirty. At first colonists were forced to use corn to make an alcoholic drink. Later beer and cider were common. For the wealthy wine and brandy were imported. For ordinary people rum became a popular drink in the late 17th century. In the 18th century tea became popular.

  • In the early 17th century colonists relied mainly on corn for food. It was made into bread or mush or was eaten with beans in a meal called succotash. Later in the 17th century other grains like rye, wheat and barley were grown. Colonists also grew vegetable like onions, turnips, parsnips and carrots. If meat was available stew was a popular meal.

  • In the 17th century few people used forks although they became common in the 18th century. In the 17th century it was common for two or more people to share a wooden plate called a trencher.

  • Less than 5% slaves and more opportunities for diversified labor in cottage industries.

  • While it lacks the draw of big cities and southern wealth, New England had a lot to offer

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Produced by Danny Hauger at www.dannyhauger.com


Ep. 8 Regional Differences of New England Middle and Southern Colonies

September 15, 2016

Ep. #08 What was different about New England, the Middle, and Southern Colonies? Tune in and find out in 10 minutes! I run through several major economic, political, and social differences circa 1750, and how our country's identity began to take shape in these regions. Remember, you can subscribe to free episodes all year, request episode topics at HaugerHistoryPod at gmail dot com, and follow us on Twitter @HaugerHistory.

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 Produced by Danny Hauger at www.dannyhauger.com

Ep. 5 William Penn and Middle Colony Beginnings

September 7, 2016

Ep. #5: Today we talk about the Middle Colonies and the establishment of William Penn's Woods, as well as the early effects of Mercantilism on colonial relations. In this third episode of 8th Grade Social Studies, we discuss the founding of the Middle Atlantic colonies: New York, New Jersey,Delaware, Pennsylvania. We also give a shoutout to Thomas Middle School in Arlington, Illinois, who submitted this episode request on Twitter to @HaugerHistory and emailed HaugerHistoryPod at gmail. 

Listen in as we overview the Middle Colonies, William Penn and his peaceful progressive attitude, and the economic bases of the Middle Colonies: fertile land and ample river access. Sit down and get ready for class!
California Standard: 
5.4 Students understand the political, religious, social, and economic institutions that evolved in the colonial era. 

1. Understand the influence of location and physical setting on the founding of the original 13 colonies, and identify on a map the locations of the colonies and of the American Indian nations already inhabiting these areas. 

2. Identify the major individuals and groups responsible for the founding of the various colonies and the reasons for their founding (e.g., John Smith, Virginia; Roger Williams, Rhode Island; William Penn, Pennsylvania; Lord Baltimore, Maryland; William Bradford, Plymouth; John Winthrop, Massachusetts). 3. Describe the religious aspects of the earliest colonies (e.g., Puritanism in Massachusetts, Anglicanism in Virginia, Catholicism in Maryland, Quakerism in Pennsylvania).

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Ep. 2 The Lost Colony of Roanoke Virginia

August 29, 2016

Ep#2: Episode #8002: "The Lost Colony of Roanoke, Virginia". My students had so many questions today in 8th Grade, about how this colony sounded by John White could just vanish completely, over the course of three years. They asked questions like "Wouldn't there be skeletons", and "How could it just be gone?"

California Standard 5.3


Students describe the cooperation and conflict that existed among the American Indians and between the Indian nations and the new settlers. 1. Describe the competition among the English, French, Spanish, Dutch, and Indian nations for control of North America. 2. Describe the cooperation that existed between the colonists and Indians during the 1600s and 1700s (e.g., in agriculture, the fur trade, military alliances, treaties, cultural interchanges).
In this podcast we look at some of the recent findings by archaeological digs, what we know, and what we might know more about in the future. 


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Produced by Danny Hauger at www.dannyhauger.com

Ep. 1 Spain Claims an Empire for 8th Grade Social Studies

August 24, 2016

Ep. #1: Welcome to Episode 1 of the Hauger History Class Podcast!

The Numbering system indicates this is #8001. California Standard 4.2

8 for 8th Grade Social Studies. 001 for the first in the series.

This episode covers California State Standards 7.11.1-7.11.3.

This podcast covers some of the great explorers and conquerors from Spain, and their impact on the Americas and global mercantilism.

Vocabulary and Key People



Line of Demarcation

Treaty of Tordesillas



Key Figures

Hernando Cortes


Francisco Pizzaro

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