Why did they train Luke up and not Princess Leia who was cooler, and had more to fight for, and was less screwed up? Patriarchy!
What Books Did You Read in School?
(Like, in say AP English or your freshman in college lit class.)
I am asking because we are thinking about the future of Crash Course and stuff. Okay thanks.
In which John Green teaches you about America’s “peculiar institution,” slavery. I wouldn’t really call it peculiar. I’d lean more toward horrifying and depressing institution, but nobody asked me. John will talk about what life was like for a slave in the 19th century United States, and how slaves resisted oppression, to the degree that was possible. We’ll hear about cotton plantations, violent punishment of slaves, day to day slave life, and slave rebellions. Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, and Whipped Peter all make an appearance. Slavery as an institution is arguably the darkest part of America’s history, and we’re still dealing with its aftermath 150 years after it ended.
This was the hardest episode for everyone involved. I hope it turned out okay.
We made you a video about Thomas Jefferson because people worship/revile him and it’s useful to know why.
Plus we had him hook up with lady liberty because reasons.
In which John Green teaches you about the United States Constitution. During and after the American Revolutionary War, the government of the new country operated under the Articles of Confederation. While these Articles got the young nation through its war with England, they weren’t of much use when it came to running a country. So, the founding fathers decided try their hand at nation-building, and they created the Constitution of the United States, which you may remember as the one that says We The People at the top. John will tell you how the convention came together, some of the compromises that had to be made to pass this thing, and why it’s very lucky that the framers installed a somewhat reasonable process for making changes to the thing. You’ll learn about Shays’ Rebellion, the Federalist Papers, the elite vs rabble dynamic of the houses of congress, and start to find out just what an anti-federalist is.
One of those historical lessons that is really about contemporary American politics.
tell me i’m not the only one who immediately thought this
May the odds be ever in your favor, Crash Course viewers.
In which John Green teaches you about the beginnings of the American Revolution in a video titled The Seven Years War. Confusing? Maybe. John argues that the Seven Years War, which is often called the French and Indian War in the US, laid a lot of the groundwork for the Revolution. More confusing? Why does this war have two names? Why were the French and Indians fighting each other? The Seven Years war was actually a global war that went on for nine years. I think I’m having trouble making this clear. Anyway, the part of this global war that happened in North America was the French and Indian War. The French and Indian tribes were the force opposing the British, so that’s the name that stuck. Let’s get away from this war, as it makes my head hurt. Other stuff was going on in the colonies in the 18th century that primed the people for revolution. One was the Great Awakening. Religious revival was sweeping the country, introducing new ideas about religion and how it should be practiced. At the same time thinkers like John Locke were rethinking the relationship between rulers and the ruled. So in this highly charged atmosphere, you can just imagine what would happen if the crown started trying to exert more control over the colonies. The colonists would probably just rise up, right? We’ll see what happens next week.
I was minding my own business in my (university) British history class when the teacher suddenly goes:
“John Green can explain this better than me”
and turns on crashcourse
Awesome! I hope that girl is taking notes and isn’t on Facebook… -Meredith
You can just get on Facebook during college classes today? IN MY DAY IF WE WERE BORED WE HAD TO WRITE NOTES—BY HAND—TO OUR REAL LIFE CLASSMATES.
(I just came across a huge trove of notes written to a close college friend/crush/briefly sorta girlfriend for one weekend in Niagara Falls, and it really is amazing. But for you guys to have those nostalgic experiences, you’ll have to sift through your facebook messaging history, I guess? Or KIK or something? I’m old.)
Crash Course Literature turns to the poetry of Emily Dickinson.
From today’s Crash Course about Catcher in the Rye.
Holden, JD, and the Red Cap- The Catcher in the Rye Part 2: Crash Course English Literature #7
My favorite episode of crash course literature we’ve made thus far. Complete with teasing tumblr!