THINGS BETTER THAN HISTORY CLASSES AT MAKING ME 💛 HISTORY
💛 learning about history. Do not 💛 history classes.
- •School House RockI still remember most of the songs. They're one of the few reasons I can remember dates and the ONLY reason I can remember the preamble to the Constitution. Its 1970s folky music is seared into my brain.
- •HamiltonA Broadway musical about the United States founding fathers that's mostly rapped? It's freaking genius.
- •Bloody JackWhen I was younger I was obsessed with the Bloody Jack book series, about a young orphaned homeless girl who is mistaken for a boy and indentured as a cabin boy to work in the British Navy. She rises through the ranks, goes on adventures, eventually becomes a pirate, ship's captain, the works. All of her adventures touch on historical events like the Irish rebellion, American slave trade, and more.
- •Other children's/YA booksI was a voracious reader. Books about medieval pages, 19th century kids, and everything in between. Remember those books about princesses written from their perspective that had gold-trimmed pages? They had them about Anastasia, Marie Antoinette, Queen Elizabeth...? I can't for the life of me remember what they were called.
- •Horrible HistoriesA brilliant historical sketch comedy show for children on the BBC. It is THE BEST! They split up history based on era and locale ("Rotten Romans, Terrible Tudors, Vile Victorians..."). I think the running gags are my favorite things. Especially "stupid deaths" where Death welcomes historical people who have died in weird ways to the underworld in exchange for their story.
- •TravelingBest way to learn about historical events? Go to where they took place.
- •Going to museumsInteractivity and getting to walk around while learning at one's own pace.
- •College literature coursesI have seriously learned more about history in literature and art classes than in any history class.
- •Period filmsWith a grain of salt, of course, and totally dependent on the quality of the movie. Although even bad ones make me curious enough to Google what really happened later.
- •Hark A VagrantSpeaking of things that compel me to Google, Kate Beaton's brilliant web comics about art, literature, and history make me want to learn everything.
- •Drunk HistoryIf you have never watched this show, here's your homework assignment: get yourself a Hulu account and watch at least one episode a day until there aren't any left.